Sean Corp, Content Strategist

A foundational skill that often is cited as something people in a wide range of professions would like to improve upon is project management. The ability to efficiently and effectively execute the kinds of work that might involve myriad factors, juggling timelines, budgets, stakeholders and even overseeing a team of employees.

There are several project management online learning opportunities for those who want to learn new skills, understand new tools or need a refresher on important concepts including opportunities from the University of Michigan and partner institutions through the Coursera online learning platform.

U-M students, faculty and staff have access to all Michigan learning experiences on Coursera, EdX and FutureLearn as well as Michigan+, providing enrollment in Coursera’s catalog of more than 3,000 Guided Projects, courses, Specializations and Professional Certificates from university and industry partners all over the world.

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Some highlighted content, courses and specializations available through U-M, Michigan Online and Michigan+:

Leading People and Teams

Offered by: University of Michigan
Type: Specialization (4 courses)

In this specialization, you will learn essential leadership skills, including how to inspire and motivate individuals, manage talent, influence without authority, and lead teams. In every course, you will have an opportunity to apply new leadership skills by working through a series of practical leadership assignments.

Create a Project Management Tracker Using Google Sheets

Offered by: Coursera Project Network
Type: Guided Project (Approx. 2 hours to complete)

Coursera offers several guided projects on the subject of project management. Guided projects are short learning experiences that take two hours or less to complete that teach you a job-relevant skill. In this guided project, you’ll learn how to create a simple project management tracker. By the end of this project, you will have Google Sheets project management tracker template for your next development project presentation.

There are nearly 200 guided projects with a project management theme to explore. Other highlights include Build a Product Management Plan Framework in Trello, Creating a Storyboard using Canva, and Improve Efficiency in Asana for Project Managers.

Project Management: The Basics for Success

Offered by: University of California, Irvine
Type: Course (Approx. 8 hours to complete)

This course combines the essential elements of Project Management and Team Leadership into one course. Through class engagement and reflection, you will acquire further understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to apply this knowledge to the project environment.

Engineering Project Management

Offered by: Rice University
Type: Specialization (Three courses)

This Project Management for Engineering Professionals Specialization is designed as an introduction to Project Management. It is targeted for engineers who are interested in improving their project management skills in a new leadership position or in advance of their first leadership position. As part of the Specialization, you will prepare key Project Execution Plan documents based on available templates.

IT Project Management

Offered by: Indian School of Business
Type: Course (Approx. 11 hours to complete)

This course addresses project management in the context of IT projects, including software projects. Using the framework of project life cycle, the course covers various aspects pertaining to (i) project initiation, (ii) project planning and scheduling, (iii) project monitoring and control, and (iv) project termination. For planning and scheduling of projects, the use of project network and estimation of time and cost are covered in detail. Scheduling of projects with resource limitations is covered next.