[#ALM] About free online training (#MOOC), #Millenials and what to do to improve your team work



Surely if you see the first hashtag (#MOOC) in the title of the post, you will think something similar to

This post sure has links to training resources.

You are probably right,, but I’ll try to go a little further.


Let’s start with the definition of MOOC in wikipedia (link)

MOOC (an acronym of massive open online course )1 and translated into Spanish as massive and open online course(CEMA)Note 1 ) is a form of open education, which is observed in undergraduate courses offered free of charge througheducational platforms on the Internet; whose philosophy is the liberation of knowledge to bring this to a wider audience. MOOC term was coined in the year 2008 by Dave Cormier2 When the number of registrations to its «Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08)» rose to almost two thousand three hundred (2300) students.

Without going much into the theme, the first thing we see is that this type of training is oriented to large numbers of people and usually provided by famous and renowned universities (e.g. MIT). What usually happens with this kind of free online training, is that a massive registration occurs at the beginning and then a massive withdrawal from the course when it starts. This is normal, since complete a form online only takes 5 minutes, now well devote 5 hours weeks to a course of several months as it requires more dedication .

There are several sites online that provide this type of courses: Coursera, MIT, and Stanford for example. I have not tried them all, only I have pointed to a couple of courses in Coursera and I have only completed one. This type of platforms are smart enough to then start to offer content that you actually contribute to your professional profile.For example, in the daily poll today I found the following:

Coursera Poll

Following the line out of my comfort zone, instead of programming or technology courses, currently I am doing one entitled “be more creative“. Instead of listening music or listen to a podcast geek, I leave the course on the 2nd monitor and attempt to work while I listen to it. If the course is good, my attention usually focuses on the course and I dedicate my daily 30 minutes, if the course does not attract me, I’ll give it maybe a couple more opportunities and if I’m still not “hooked”, so let’s move to another thing.

Now that there are so many options and MOOCs formats, chances are that everyone will discover the best way to carry out this type of courses. Well, if we look at this trend of free courses and in online format, the first thing that will get us attention is now that most people who take these courses are the generation of the Millenials (or generation and).

About the Millenials

I am not going to write about this generation, but rather, about the reasons driving this generation to work. In this article from the NY Times, the author highlights that many people (and myself included) at the time of choosing work, they value more the job quality and personal satisfaction; rather than economic compensation .

Important: I won’t go into detail on this subject in this post. I give because we all know that we need a couple of €uros to eat. We also know there many thieves who offer us mega ultra fun jobs with ping pong tables and super modern environments, but that then not us enough for a coffee or a few beers with friends.

Another important point is how to work with the information. If you take a couple of years on your shoulders you surely working in environments where information is power. I am referring to the type of people or heads who prefer to hide save information on a team, since they think that this is the correct way to manage it. Without going into absurd generalizations, this kind of behaviour are given in closed minds and prior to the millennial generation. (Hey, I’m from the ’76!)

Bonus: If you want to see the power that has the information, and as the mismanagement of it can destroy Nations, I recommend the book “Why Nations Fail

In the “new model” because information is in a different way. Information is shared and decisions are made in a context of open education is in a completely different way: this generation has to learn and learn fast forward .

Working as a team and innovating

Learn fast is one of the most important innovation drivers. And it is innovation that allows the teams to solve problems and adapt to new situations.

If you’ve read so far, quiet that I’m already closing theme: it is easy to connect the MOOCs with the Millenials.However, the important thing in a team is balance this type of capabilities to achieve good results.

It is already a classic to propose devoting a percentage of time that each person in a team develop new capabilities. There are people that we have been doing this since we learned to read, so it won’t be difficult.

Other actions that you can encourage is to try to gather the information that dispersa-mente is generated to have more coherence and participation. For example, let’s look at what we can do in the mega boring super ultraproductive meetings that both seem to like to organize some people. We are going to a case about virtual meetings. In some cases, this type of meetings tend to be carried out via Skype, Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync) or Google Hangouts, and is amazing how generated 2 completely different channels of information within it. On the one hand, what is said and discussed among participants and on the other hand, what is said through Instant Messaging channel.


If you want the meetings to be really productive, it is very important to try to complement the 2 channels so that everyone can participate, and the output of the same really contribute value to the participants or the subject matter.

Note: I can not believe in 10 years writing still have pending a post entitled “Reunionitis: on meetings and how to avoid them”

So, you have enough work ahead.

  • You have to investigate what courses are offered online to come and sign up on one of them
  • You have to share this information with your team so that all can see the opportunities that present these platforms
  • You have to take some time to see what you can do to improve the dynamics of the way of your team
  • You have to encourage you to “des learn”, this also goes for another post

Greetings @ Home

/El Bruno


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