Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe

You shall not pass! Fail! No pass! Failure!

I was part of Harvard Business School’s HBX June 2016 CORe program (June 7, 2016 – August 18, 2016) and the grades were just released and I did not pass. “Credential of Readiness (CORe) is a primer on the fundamentals of business. It is designed to introduce you to the language of business. It assumes no prior familiarity with business concepts, though it does presume a strong motivation to engage and learn. CORe is comprised of three courses – Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting – which must be taken together. CORe is designed for college undergraduates, recent college graduates, and graduate students in non-business fields who want to prepare themselves for a business career or for a graduate business school” (http://hbx.hbs.edu/enroll/faqs#faq-about-core). There was always that glimmer of hope that I would pass, but sadly that did not happen. It was hard, especially for someone with a extremely limited business background. The platform that they used was awesome and I liked the case studies approach, but there were things that I think did not work. HBX’s homepage said “CORe can be appropriate for virtually all majors and is designed to instruct participants in the fundamentals of business. Past participants came from the humanities, sciences, liberal arts, and other disciplines” (http://hbx.hbs.edu/enroll/faqs#faq-coremajor) and I don’t believe that. Many things discussed had an underlining assumption that you had prior knowledge and so things were not explained or covered. As a MOOCs class goes this was a positive experience, I did learn some new things, but I would recommend taking it when you have nothing else to do and certainly not when you are working full time, teaching part-time, participating in a few other MOOCs, and trying to work on your PhD dissertation like I was.

Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization Certificate!

I have been interested in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) for a while now (and at one time wanted to do my MEd project on them), so this year I have decided to try out a few different ones, from a variety of different educational institutions, and then possible write a paper about it – which would be tentatively titled “The Year of Living Business MOOCs Dangerously.” Today I finished The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera’s “Entrepreneurship, a 5-course specialization by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Specialization Certificate earned on August 29, 2016.” It was a series of 4 Entrepreneurship classes and a Capstone class.

The technology used was nothing breakthrough or revolutionary (videos and quizzes), the weekly quizzes had mistakes and bad wording, sometimes links to sites did not work, sometimes discussion questions were not answered by the teaching assistant, we never knew who the teaching assistant was (was he from Wharton or Coursera? I eventually learned that he worked with Wharton Online, but had no business experience or at least none was listed on his LinkedIn page), no feedback from any of the Wharton professors (not that I expected a lot, but at least some interested in the class would have been nice), sometimes the platform did not work correctly, and so overall experience was just adequate. I was not the only participant to voice concerns about various issues in these Entrepreneurship classes. Yes, I learned how to do a Pitch Deck and learned some new Entrepreneurship information. Granted it was the first time that they have offered it, but its Wharton, so you think they would have done a better job. I was not impressed with Coursera – which truthfully I had high hopes for. Ahh well, live and learn and MOOC on!

Wharton Entrepreneurship 1 Developing the Opportunity

Wharton Entrepreneurship 2 Launching your Start-Up

Wharton Entrepreneurship 3 Growth Strategies

Wharton Entrepreneurship 4 Financing and Profitability

Wharton Coursera Capstone

Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization

Second Goldfish is LIVE!

My new business Second Goldfish is now LIVE! After having worked on it for the past few years, its wonderful to see it LIVE! Granted it still needs a few tweaks, but she is good to go. But what is Second Goldfish you are asking? Its an online book club with live discussions, in other words is an online book club hosted by a book facilitator that you access via your computer with a web camera (you can also just type via IM, but where is the fun in that?). So on this December 7th – “A date which will live in infamy” aka Pearl Harbor Day, as well as International Civil Aviation Day, today will also be known as Second Goldfish Day!

Accepted into Harvard Business School HBX CORe program!

I have been accepted into Harvard Business School’s new HBX CORe program! Its a 10 week online intensive business class or as they write “Credential of Readiness (CORe) is a primer on the fundamentals of business. It is designed to introduce you to the language of business. It assumes no prior familiarity with business concepts, though it does presume a strong motivation to engage and learn. CORe is comprised of three courses – Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting – which must be taken together. CORe is designed for college undergraduates, recent college graduates, and graduate students in non-business fields who want to prepare themselves for a business career or for a graduate business school” (http://hbx.hbs.edu/hbx-core/core-faqs.html). The program just started in 2014 and they call the online component a “learning ecosystem” instead of the regular technology platform. Have taught online classes for over ten years (and taken online classes for more years than I care to count) across a multitude of different platforms, I am very intrigued to see what they are doing.

When I applied I listed that I wanted to join the February 2016 cohort since I was going to be taking my PhD comprehensive exams in November, but then I pushed them back to April 2016 and I cannot do these two things at once (plus I have like 5 other things happening later in the spring #notenoughtime). Too many wonderful opportunities and too little time! So I have asked to defer until the summer and if they don’t allow that I will just apply again.

 

Update 11/20/15: The Harvard HBX program has allowed me to defer until June!!!

Ready for my closeup…

I needed to have a professional photograph taken and my friend Bill Nault has his own photography business (checkout his photographs  http://williamnaultphotography.com) so I asked him to take a few headshots. I was looking for something a bit different and was originally thinking of something in black and white, but now I am not too sure. Maybe I should have had a hat on? I do like hats.

 

And the final photo: