6 Great Professional Development MOOCs to Prepare You For The New Year

With 2 months left in 2016, there’s still time to boost your career by learning new skills. Here are 6 great professional development MOOCs with Degreed‘s official seal of approval that start just in time for the New Year.

Statistics with R Specialization (Coursera, earliest start date Oct. 3)
With big data and analytics transforming the way we live and work, it’s no surprise that a large number of jobs require data-related backgrounds, and data scientists are now one of the most in-demand jobs in the US. Produced by the prestigious Duke University, this five-course sequence introduces statistics and data analysis to absolute beginners to statistics and data analysis using free R and RStudio software.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction (Coursera, earliest start date Oct. 3)
This is the first course in the Commonwealth Education Trust’s eight-course Specialization on Teaching for Learning. The Specialization focuses on improving teaching practice through practical activities and developing a professional development portfolio. Coursera’s recent partnership with the Federal Government allows US-based teachers to receive free continuing education credit for the course, supporting educators in a meaningful and flexible way.

In-Memory Data Management (2015) – Implications on Enterprise Systems (openHPI, self-paced/flexible start date)
openHPI (Hasso Plattner Institute) is dedicated to helping IT professionals keep up with the rapid pace of change in the industry. Now in its 4th year, this popular course taught by Prof. Hasso Plattner himself focuses on new trends and technologies for managing enterprise data in in-memory databases.

Creative Problem Solving (Coursera, starts Oct. 24)
Creative problem-solving skills are in high demand in all sectors as companies are looking for ways to stay innovative and competitive. This course teaches creative thinking skills by challenging learners to do things differently and “break” their habitual patterns of behavior.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (Coursera, earliest start date Oct. 3)
As the course description says, “Accounting is the language of business.” This course from the Wharton School of Business provides the basics of financial accounting for investors, creditors, employees, and anyone else interested in understanding business financial information. Whether you’re thinking about working in a financial institution or you’re contemplating about starting your own business, this course does a great job of covering the fundamentals of financial accounting for all purposes.

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling (Coursera, starts Oct.24 )
Digital storytelling, using images, narration, music, and text, is a effective tool that can be used in instruction at all levels. This course targets K-12 teachers but is also open to all who want to learn how to use digital stories to enhance learning experiences.

Interested but feeling a bit hesitant? Save these courses to your Degreed profile and enroll whenever you’re ready!

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