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MOOC - Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship



June 18, 2014 – Comments (3)

recently completed a Coursera MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) titled  Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  I had been hearing more and more about MOOCs as educational opportunities, and decided to give one a test drive.  Looking through Coursera, there were a number of interesting topics, but like with 'traditional courses' the time window needs to match up to actually take the course for credit (though the lectures tend to all stay online).  The initial course I had interest in won't run again until September, so I scrolled through upcoming offerings and decided the Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship course was interesting enough to explore the MOOC format.

The courses are free, but one can pay $50 for a 'verified certificate'.  I did pay, but again more out of curiosity than need (I think I would again, the price is right).  There were two ways to participate, standard and distinction track.  I opted for standard, as the time commitment for distinction would have been problematic, as would have been completing the requirements in the short course time frame (~8 weeks).  The standard track required little more than listening to the lectures, taking quizes, occasional message board posting, and just a bit of review of outside readings and materials.

Overall the course was informative, and I'm glad I gave it a listen.  I think approaching entrepreneurship from the direction the course assumes (intentional deep dive - looking for a project/product) isn't the norm, but rather a tangent once an initial intended effort does not pan out or appears less practical than intended.  In other words, the course emphasizes not bringing preconceptions to the exploration portion of innovation, but of course that is nearly impossible to do.  In any case, the course does lay out some tools, resources, and exercises that an entrepreneur would be well advised to employ / practice.

I enjoyed my first MOOC, and expect I'll look to take more.  From the 'introduce yourself' message board, the course was considered by many (I understand completion %'s are quite low), most ex-US (healthy representation from Greece stood out).  Certainly an worthwhile education format.



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#1) On June 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM, XMFHelical (< 20) wrote:

Another note on the course.  The time commitment was modest for the standard track, and a little disapointing.  Ideally there would have been a bit more 'work' to do, but appreciate how grading can be complex outside of quizes for this type of offering.  Distinction track would have required a good 20 plus hours per week of work.  I put in a good 5 per week or so, but that involved more perusal of linked material than was truly necessary to 'pass'.

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#2) On June 19, 2014 at 4:31 AM, BogdanBB (< 20) wrote:

Its help u to work ??

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#3) On June 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM, XMFHelical (< 20) wrote:


This blog is not a place for you to throw in random editorializing comments.  Please refrain.


This particular course was not so helpful for my day to day activities, but I did learn from it in a way that can influence my future activities and performance.  So yes, it helps.  I took this particular course more because I wanted to explore MOOCs and it was the most interesting one starting soon.  My first prefernce was for a drug discovery course, but that won't restart until September (though I can listen to old lectures and get the info, but not the credit).  In general, MOOCs are a great source of information for those of us inclined to always be learning about whatever may interest us.  Whether credit for the course is important to you or not is up to you, but having a closed timeframe helps one stay on track in my opinion.

Having ended this course, I did immediately look for another.  Biostatistics had some interest, but not a lot, and I'm not sure I have the background yet.  So ... that led me to another 'free' resource where I could learn some simple programming (Python).  It has been many years since I tried to program, and it is a useful and often expected skill.  So I will explore that for the next couple of months, then revisis MOOCs.

Always learning always helps with work, it just isn't always clear how.


Helical Investor 

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