With just ten days to go before the start of the Introduction to Project Management course, Project101x, the AdelaideX team is quietly celebrating a milestone on our MOOC journey.
The Project101x MOOC has over 49 000 learners enrolled and growing, making it our largest course in terms of the number of learners joining the opening class. Not only that, but the learners are a genuinely global community, coming from 199 countries around the world with the highest number of students joining the course from the US (17%), India (8%) and the UK (4%).It’s rewarding to know that the MOOC model offers this kind of scale, which enables the expertise of the University of Adelaide’s academics and researchers to reach a global audience.
Project101x was developed by AdelaideX and the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) with grant funding from edX. As one of only 14 successful grant recipients, the Project101x course has been given priority by edX and is one of 12 courses taking pride of place, high up on the edX homepage.
The course offers a grounding in project management and is part of edX’s High School Initiative – a collection of entry level, highly accessible edX courses targeted at, though not exclusively for, students preparing for further study at university. Crucially, it aims to provide novice project managers with accessible tools to help them to prepare for managing complex projects in future – something that the ECIC team specialise in helping students with through their other courses and programs.
Project management has played an important role in defence, aerospace, construction and engineering, but it’s increasingly being applied in areas such as IT, banking and finance, disaster relief recovery, climate change, telecommunications and mining.
The demand for project managers in Australia is ongoing. Job search engine, Adzuna’s index shows that of the more than 130,000 live job listings in mid-January 2016, 6,842 were for project managers in Australia. This is about 5% of the total.
The Adzuna’s website also identified the top five businesses hiring project managers in Australia as the Victorian Government, Commonwealth Bank, AECOM, Macquarie Group and Adidas Group.
The 2013 Project Management Talent Gap Report states that project management profession positions will grow by over 15.7 million from 2010 to 2020 globally. Furthermore, as per the report, Australia is one of eight countries with the biggest need for project management skills. The University’s strengths in project management education are reflected in this course, which makes ECIC’s expertise in this field accessible to a greater number of learners than ever before – an exciting prospect for both learners and the course instructors.
Find out more information and enrol at the Project101x course on AdelaideX.