The Mexican EGADE Business School, which according to QS Global MBA Rankings is the best-placed business school in Latin America, is now offering its own online business courses in partnership with EdX.

From organizational creativity to negotiating strategies, EGADE’s MOOCs impart the latest in entrepreneurial skills and leadership skills to professionals looking to accelerate their careers around the world.

These short courses are also a great introduction to a full business degree as EGADE allows you to earn credits from MOOCs for the school’s business programs.

Who are EGADE MOOCs for?

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are a flexible and fast-paced approach to learning that gives you the opportunity to improve your skills and increase your employability without the cost of a business degree.

180 million people took part in MOOCs in 2020 and registered for short-term courses in various disciplines via platforms such as Coursera, EdX and Udacity.

MOOCs allow participants to learn at their own pace, which makes them a great option for busy professionals who want to learn quickly and efficiently.

With asynchronous teaching, there isn’t a specific schedule to stick to, and you can complete the assignments in your own time so that you can incorporate learning into your day without losing your work and family commitments.

EGADE’s MOOCs are delivered in the same flexible, asynchronous manner.

“We found a way to share all of the knowledge our faculty has generated with the community, mainly in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and, more recently, sustainability,” said Laura Zapata, deputy dean for academic affairs at EGADE Business school.

“With two clicks you get all the knowledge you want and the opportunity to develop specific skills.”

If you want to improve your leadership skills, keep up with the latest technology in your field, and gain a competitive advantage, MOOCs are ideal.

“It’s this idea of ​​lifelong learning,” explains Laura. “Companies need their talent to keep developing, and that includes interpersonal and emotional skills.”

For example, the EGADE course, Effective Communication for Today’s Leaders, teaches participants how to communicate effectively with colleagues by finding the right balance between assertiveness and empathy.

EGADE is also known for its focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is reflected in its MOOCs.

Through courses such as Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in the Family Business and Organizational Innovation and Creativity, participants learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and develop innovations within and outside of corporate structures.

MOOCs vs. business studies?

Due to their short-term and flexible format, MOOCs are significantly less time-consuming than full-time business studies. Individual courses at EGADE last four weeks and require five to eight hours of work per week.

You can even stack between two and six related courses to create a “program” that lasts between six and seven months – considerably shorter than a traditional business degree.

MOOCs are also much cheaper than studying business administration. EGADE’s courses are free to attend, with the option of paying a relatively small fee to receive an official certificate. Prices for individual courses range from $ 90 to $ 190, while programs cost up to $ 800.

“This is part of our effort to democratize knowledge,” explains Laura. “It is very important to us to share knowledge with the community and to be part of the development of society.”

The course content is taken directly from EGADE’s full-time programs and taught by renowned lecturers and experienced industry experts with many years of experience in their respective fields.

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Why combine MOOCs with a degree in business administration?

As useful as they are for further qualification, MOOCs are no substitute for a degree in business administration, which conveys more in-depth and broader knowledge than a short-term study.

But if a business degree is an option for you in the long term, MOOCs can help you pave the way and support your career development in the meantime.

When you complete an EGADE MOOC, you acquire academic credits, which means that you can later enroll in a business degree and have already completed up to 25% of the program.

“This stackable credit system gives professionals the opportunity to acquire a variety of skills and knowledge and then maybe two or three years later to get that full degree,” explains Laura.

Whether you want to quickly expand your expertise in a specific area at an affordable price, or want to build a broad portfolio of skills to prepare for an early business degree, MOOCs can be a great place to start.

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