Conoce sobre la versión en español de este MOOC aquí.
By Claudia Useche from the Knowledge and Learning Department at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
This April 26, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Project Management Techniques for Development Professionals, on the IDBx platform. It purposes is to train professionals from public institutions, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and all those who manage or are interested in managing development projects.
The first two versions of these MOOCs were in Spanish with more than 80,000 registrants from several sectors from more than 100 countries. This allowed for disseminating knowledge on a massive scale, reaching new audiences, and helping strengthen the capacity to manage development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has authorized the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs). Therefore, participants who pass the course and receive the verified certificate will obtain 30 PDUs.
Below, you will find what to expect from this course and how you can participate:
What Can You Learn?
This MOOC introduces concepts and tools that can be applied to project management and, as a result, can generate material changes toward meeting expected objectives, according to the time and other resources available. Many of these practices and methodologies have proven highly effective in private sector projects. Therefore, over the past few years, the IDB has made a substantial effort to incorporate these practices into the public sphere and into the developing world in general in order to optimize processes and achieve expected outcomes.
What Are the Course’s Dynamics?
The course is five weeks long and participants should dedicate approximately six hours per week to coursework. It comprises nine modules, which introduce nine key project management tools. These include preparing a project charter; managing a project’s scope, time, and cost; managing risk and communications; and monitoring a project, among others.
The MOOC includes short videos that explain and analyze tools, reading materials, and a case study with related practical activities that will enable participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired to a real project.
Materials and tools included in the MOOC are part of the PM4R methodology, which is based on project management best practices and international standards that have been adapted by the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) for the world of development. These resources constitute the basis of several knowledge products, such as the Project Management Associate (PMA) course for executing agencies of IDB-funded projects, and for which the INDES is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider.
How Can You Participate?
The course is free. If you wish, you can also receive a verified certificate for $25.00.
- Claudia Useche is a Colombian citizen and holds a Master’s Degree in Finances from the Universidad de los Andes. She has more than 15 years of professional experience; initially with the Private Sector, and later on with the Public Sector. Claudia joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2007 to work on the supervision of loan operations and technical cooperation; particularly with projects of the Water and Sanitation Division, and the Institutional Capacity of the State Division. She is currently a specialist in the Knowledge and Learning Sector.