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There are many free online resources at your disposal.
Pursuing project management as a career can be daunting at first, but luckily, there are many free online resources at your disposal. We’ve compiled a list of online training opportunities in project management, ranging from the most basic lessons to the more advanced, with some even offering professional certification. Other avenues for learning exist, but often come with hefty price tags and limited accessibility, making it difficult to learn effective skills.
Starting Off Small
Before jumping into the more complex aspects of project management, try out Coursera’s beginner course from the University of California, Irvine. It consists of four sections, each taking approximately one hour to complete. This course covers the basic fundamental pillars of project management. Each section is further broken into smaller items, with informative videos and corresponding transcripts. The sections also contain quizzes to assess your knowledge While you must register for an account to have full access to the course, each video’s transcript is available to anyone who views the site
Latitude U and Instructure offer similar courses. Latitude U’s lessons are displayed in a more visually interesting style, similar to an interactive presentation, and only require you to register an account. Instructure presents much of the same information as the aforementioned sites, because it’s course was created based on a 400-level course’s curriculum at the University of Washington. The site’s presentation is a combination of the audible instructions from Coursera’s videos with the structured written format of Latitude U’s lessons. Whatever type of course fits your needs, these three sites will supply the information necessary to get you started in project management.
Taking The Next Step
While the content from Coursera, Latitude U and Instructure is incredibly useful, they only cover the basics, from the history of project management to an explanation of work breakdown structure. The online courses from ALISON, however, cover a myriad of topics, escalating in complexity as the lessons progress. Their project management course consists of thirty-two modules, with various case studies and additional reading material to complement its comprehensive lessons. Once an ALISON course is completed, you can even apply for professional certification, as long as you received an eighty percent or higher on the course’s graded material. The whole lesson plan can be completed in approximately ten to fifteen hours, and should be well worth your time.
Accessible Education At Your Finger Tips
Anyone can learn the tricks of the trade without having to make a huge investment.
Online education has exploded in popularity over the last decade, which has greatly advanced the field of Higher Ed IT. We should take advantage of the same tools that university students have access to to help ourselves better manage projects. There are a lot of great free training options and online resources that offer high quality lessons for free, along with many others that offer more in-depth courses at a cost, ensuring that anyone can learn the tricks of the trade without having to make a huge investment. This isn’t to say that more traditional education is inferior, but shows how technology has made learning much easier and more accessible than ever before. If you’re searching for more project management tools, be sure to look at our collection of Free Project Resources for all of your Higher Ed project needs.
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