Hi! I’m Laurie. I used massive open online courses to get a business education equivalent to an MBA - for less than $1000.
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What I Know About Business Education
In the process of completing an entire MBA education via MOOC I learned three important things: 1 - There is SO MUCH CONTENT available, you can easily get a complete business education without spending much money to do it. 2 - The PEOPLE YOU MEET in your business education are as important, if not more important, than anything you learn in the classroom. 3 - It doesn’t matter how much free content is out there if you don’t actually take the time to study it and to PUT IT INTO PRACTICE right away.
MOOCs are amazing, but…
MOOCs are an incredible source of knowledge, but only a very few will require you to put your skills into practice, and almost none will provide good opportunities to meet people. As the first person to blog about getting a MOOC MBA, I had a special advantage, and most of the connections I made came from having this website, not from my courses.
The No-Pay MBA Network
I created the NO-PAY MBA NETWORK to make it possible for you to get an even better business education than I did, an education equivalent to an MBA, including networking and experiential learning opportunities. The purpose of the network is to:
- Connect you with a community people studying business online, not just the dabblers, but smart, motivated people who are serious about reaching their goals using non-traditional tools.
- Give you opportunities to put your skills into practice, to solidify your learning and provide you with backup when you go to make the case that you have a business education worth taking seriously.
- Keep you motivated to actually finish your education, which surprisingly few people manage to do on their own.
I work with every member to develop a personal learning plan. Network members take courses and work on projects together. We meet monthly by videoconference. In between we stay in touch through a private messaging app. Membership in the network costs $219 per year and is by application only. You won’t find anything else like it at a comparable price.
For promotion in my current role at work, an MBA is required / recommended. In addition to demonstrating my knowledge at my company, I have presented my No Pay MBA curriculum to my manager as evidence that I am ready for that next step.Nick Switzer
No-Pay MBA unwraps education and ties learners’ outcomes to their grit, persistence, hard work, tenacity, and resourcefulness — not their wallets or the amount of time they spend in a classroom. This, I believe, reflects the true spirit of seeking knowledge and putting it to use to improve one’s quality of life.Nabeel Gillani
No-Pay MBA is becoming a catalyst for people who now recognize that skills are actually more important than a piece of paper. Just as Google and Facebook are happy to hire developers who may not have a formal degree, but stand out on sites such as Stackoverflow and Github, the No-Pay MBA is in a position to make this career path open to business professionals.Gordon Rogers
As someone who suffered through a traditional classroom-based MBA program offline, I assure you, No-Pay MBA’s class choices mirror a traditional MBA program. Even the sequence year to year doesn’t look that different from my own. I actually feel a little silly that I shelled out almost $40,000 for my degree, when you can get a MOOC MBA for much less at higher ranked schools!Bridget Casey
Being able to pick and choose which subjects in which order was really exciting. When I knew there was a topic I needed to learn more about, I could start with a few articles, and then add a MOOC whenever the next appropriate course became available.Greg Widders
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The Latest from the Blog
If you direct your own education, how will future employers know that you’re qualified to hire? Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. While recruiters may be tepid towards MOOCs, fully 92% of employers say that proven ability to perform is critical to their selection of who to hire, more employers than for any other criterion. Hence, I would like to present the portfolio solution to the credential problem. Here is a list of the skills that I believe every business student should strive to master, along with some suggestions on how to display those skills in an educational portfolio.read more
It’s New Year’s resolution time.
Apparently MOOC platform edX’s new year’s resolution was to create a ton of new business and management content. edX has a bunch of great courses coming online in the new year, including some on specialized topics that aren’t covered on other platforms. This is great news for MOOC business students and a good sign that we will continue to see increases in the number and variety of courses available to us.
edX’s expanded content provides a helpful starting point for showing the range of ways to use MOOCs. Whatever your professional goals, here are three ways MOOCs can help you reach them.read more
“One of the key characteristics of an entrepreneur is that you tend to show up a lot.”
This was one of the first things Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank said to the members of the No-Pay MBA Network during a recent video call. He was explaining the genesis of How to Build a Startup, his course on Udacity’s platform, and telling the story of how he became one of the first professors to teach a massive open online course.
Blank became both an early investor and an early participant in the MOOC experiment by doing what he has done throughout his career – showing up, solving problems, and saying yes. Find out more about what Steve Blank discussed with the No-Pay MBA Network in this blog post.read more