Beyond Silicon Valley: Using a MOOC to Build a Community of Support for Global Entrepreneurs

22 Jul

Michael Goldberg, Randall Kempner, Alexis Komselis and Lee Poseidon participate in a live MOOC panel discussion held June 11, 2014 at the Stoa of Attalos, Athens, Greece.
[ Photo Credit: Yiorgis Yerolympos ]

By Michael Goldberg

Lyubomir Hristev, 24, works at a marketing agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sports a neatly cropped black goatee. Tech savvy, creative, bursting with ideas, Hristev hails from a new generation of entrepreneurial Bulgarians eager to start their own businesses and do something positive for their country.

Hristev was born in 1989, the same year Bulgaria transitioned from Communist rule to a democracy. In addition to developing a business idea in his free time, Hristev regularly takes advantage of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which emerged on the scene in 2012 providing opportunities for millions of students around the world to take courses from leading universities in the U.S.

Hristev has completed 20 MOOCs and was an active participant in “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies,” a six-week MOOC that I taught for Case Western Reserve University on the Coursera platform this past spring.

The course attracted more than 23,000 registered students from 183 countries. More than 85 percent were from outside the United States. Students from outside the U.S. are flocking to MOOCs to explore topics that might not be covered by universities in their home country and engage with other learners from around the world to exchange ideas.

[ Full article available at The Huffington Post: ]

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Industry News, MOOCs in the News


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