You’re an association professional. You got to your position by always learning and making the most of the time that you have.

Jeff Cobb with recently posted a great blog about another way you can maximize your time and continue your education. He recommends to find free online courses and track your progress in them.

Here’s what he says:

“The site provides a searchable online data base that aggregates open courseware offerings from the evolving “big brand” sector of open education.”

I decided to try it. I created an account in their simple interface and click, click, click. The next thing you know I was looking at the overview of a graduate-level research-writing course. I was also able to view the complete syllabus and reading materials.

Really, it’s all you need to take a graduate level course. But the website just asks you to click “completed” when you’re done. For fun, I tried clicking it after opening everything, and the website accepted that I completed the class in 5 minutes.

So you don’t get the accountability of a professor, and you don’t get the grading. You do get the knowledge, though. You also have the luxury to study independently at your own pace. 

If you’re looking for knowledge acquired in a non-traditional setting, these free online courses might be right for you.

Check out Jeff’s full blog here

Free online courses to take advantage of as an association executive