MOOC - Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
I 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.