Class Central—a search engine and review site for massive open online courses (MOOCs)—has named a University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence offering among their top 10 MOOCs (out of ~3,400) for January 2019. Agile Leadership Principles, the fourth course in our Agile Project Management Professional Certificate, earned the honor alongside MOOCs offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; Yale University; University of Michigan; and others. Agile for Project Control, the 5th course in the program was ranked 1st among the Ten Most popular MOOCs for April 2019.
The response has been overwhelming since the September 2018 launch of the Agile Project Management Professional Certificate. As of July 23, 2019, the five-part series has 53,608 enrolled learners worldwide. The average star rating for all five certificate courses is over 4.5 stars on Class-Central, which is the #1 search engine for free online courses. All courses have over 90% of their reviews as 4-stars or better, with an average of 64% ranking the certificate courses as 5-stars. These results place UMD’s Agile Project Management Professional Certificate Program among the elite courses in the world, especially with enrollments exceeding 50,000 and growing steadily.
Some of the feedback received to date for the Applied Scrum course is shown below, but you are encouraged to check out all the course reviews on Class Central.
- “Amazing course, that challenges you every step.”
- “I’ve recommended this series of courses to several business and engineering students, I advise you to do the same!”
- “The lessons are quick, direct to the point and with very interesting examples.”
- “It helps understand the Agile world for someone who has worked with more traditional projects.”
All five courses of the Agile Project Management Professional Certificate are asynchronous which allows individual students to sign up and start the courses when they want and at their own pace. Students from all sides of the project management community will also be able to collaborate with others registered in the program. The courses required to complete the Professional Certificate program are listed below. For those looking for PDUs, you can earn 10 PDUs per course for a total of 50 PDUs for all five courses.
- Applied Scrum for Project Management
- Driving Speed through Agile Planning
- Agile Solutions for Greater Innovation
- Agile Leadership Principles
- Agile for Project Control
Each course is free for the first four (4) weeks and it takes approximately ten (10) hours to complete. For a small fee, edX provides a Verified Certificate which provides proof for an employer, school or other institution that the course was successfully completed by the student. To qualify for a Verified Certificate, participants complete all aspects of the courses which can include watching all videos, participating in discussion forms, and completing any required homework and exams with a passing grade. The cost for a verified version of each individual course in the Agile Project Management Professional Certificate program are $125 or $199 each and only $762.30 if you register for the entire series at once (a 10% discount and only $15.25 per PDU).
All the courses in the series are taught by A. James Clark School of Engineering alumnus John Johnson, who is now lecturer in UMD’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Project Management Center for Excellence teaching our newest course graduate course offering, Mastering Agile Project Management.
Posted by Kathy Frankle on July 23, 2019