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Effective Business Writing

Price: $125.00             PDUs/Contact Hours: 5   |   CEUs: .5
The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. This course focuses on improving business writing. The ideas, techniques, and checklists in this course apply to all forms of business writing: memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites. Other topics include formal and informal outlining techniques, how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon, and the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting.
After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between ineffective and effective writing
  • List and define the four major factors of effective writing (clarity, tone, organization, and delivery)
  • Recognize the role of the audience in effective communication and the importance of understanding an audience’s needs
  • Employ formal and informal outlining techniques
  • List and recognize techniques for overcoming writer’s block
  • Recognize the importance and dangers of writing quickly
  • Revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon
  • Write more effective emails and recognize the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting
  • Employ checklists for organizing, writing, and revising

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners with a foundational knowledge of writing and grammar.
Level/Prerequisites:
Introductory/No Prerequisites
Estimated time to complete:
4-6 hours

Introduction to Human Resource Management

Price: $79.00                           CEUs: .5
Human Resource Management includes the vital tasks of recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, appraising, disciplining, rewarding, and developing the employee—both for business and non-profit enterprises.
Since all managers (especially line managers) have HR responsibilities, it is important that they have an understanding of the key concepts of this increasingly important function, especially since many decisions they make about employees have possible legal ramifications.
The course draws on material from Harvard Business School professor D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management.
After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize and identify the key roles and responsibilities of the human resource management function
  • Assess your attitude and your organization’s attitude toward human resource management
  • Recognize and define HRM’s strategic contribution to an organization
  • Recognize and define human resources terms
  • Differentiate between the day-to-day functions of the HR department and the broader concepts of human resource management
  • Recognize the relationship and partnership that exist between an organization’s HR Department and its line managers and identify the key responsibilities of each
  • Differentiate between the structure and reporting relationships of a centralized and decentralized human resources function
  • List and identify the five areas of HRM Planning
  • List the three roles that an HR department must fulfill to maintain the ethical standards of an organization
  • Identify the key global issues and business practices that impact HRM

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners.
Level/Prerequisites:
Introductory/No Prerequisites
Estimated time to complete:
3-5 hours

Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Price: $150.00             CFRE Credits: 4   |   CEUs: .5
Fundraising is one of the central activities of a nonprofit organization. To help finance operating budgets, nonprofits must raise money every year. In addition, special projects and improvements to facilities may be needed. In these situations, fundraisers will often launch large capital campaigns or apply for foundation grants.
This course offers an introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the fundamental issues.
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key concepts related to nonprofit fundraising, such as annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and planned giving
  • Discuss how nonprofit funds can be raised through direct mail and telemarketing
  • Explain how the Internet and social media channels may be used to generate donations
  • Compare and contrast fundraising through corporate donations versus foundation grants
  • Explain the different sections of a grant application
  • Describe methods for evaluating annual campaign performance
  • Discuss how ethics applies to nonprofit fundraising
  • Explain the importance of donor relations

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners seeking to gain a basic understanding of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. This course is best suited for learners with a basic understanding of how nonprofits operate.
Level/Prerequisites:
Introductory/No Prerequisites
Estimated time to complete:
4-6 hours

Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs

Price: $129.00             CEUs: .5
This course explores the leadership and management issues entrepreneurs face as they create and establish successful new ventures. It reviews the key managerial roles of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling and their application in entrepreneurial settings. Further, the course addresses self-management for the entrepreneur–how an entrepreneur can manage his or her own time and maintain a proper work-life balance.
After completing this course, you should be able to

  • Describe the managerial roles played by an entrepreneur
  • Outline the five key managerial activities
  • Describe self-management techniques for managing time and organizing, planning, and prioritizing
  • Discuss the autocratic (ODS-A), participative (ODS-P), and empowering (GEM) management styles and their application
  • Describe the process for staffing an entrepreneurial venture
  • Discuss Katzenbach’s Five Motivational Paths and how they apply to new ventures
  • Describe the process for coaching employees
  • Outline the USED Model for training employees
  • Discuss the importance of active listening when communicating with employees

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in understanding the leadership and management challenges involved in starting a new business.
Level/Prerequisites:
Introductory/No Prerequisites
Estimated time to complete:
5 hours

Managing Real World Projects

Price: $249.00             PDUs/Contact Hours: 10   |   CEUs: 1
Access Time: 180 days
This online, self-paced six-module course presents a stream-lined approach to project management based on the best practices of experienced, effective project managers. It cuts through the clutter and focuses on the key principles of project management in the real world, offering tools and techniques for achieving project success. Managing Real World Projects™ is intended for anyone who needs to lead or manage projects of any kind.
Managing Real World Projects™
provides you with a clear road map for leading a project through the five key project stages: Initiating, Planning, Controlling, Executing and Closing. You’ll be exposed to the basic tools employed in each of these stages, including templates for a comprehensive project plan, work breakdown schedules, task list, issue list, risk register and close-out documents. Each stage is illustrated by examples and video commentary by project management professionals, where you can see how best practices are applied to solve project challenges.
Taking advantage of online interactivity, the course utilizes vocabulary games, flashcards, and drag-and-drop activities to help you master the material. Numerous mastery quizzes and ten interactive real world case studies allow you to test your understanding of the content, along with a comprehensive course-ending exam. By submitting a question via the course’s Ask the Expert link, you get access to project managers who will answer your questions within 24-48 hours.
After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the five project stages (Initiating, Planning, Controlling, Executing and Closing)
  • Recognize constraints for projects (scope, time, and budget)
  • Explain key project management terminology
  • Outline the keys to a successful project launch
  • Understand how to establish project goals and deliverables with stakeholders
  • Manage the planning, execution, and control of your projects
  • Recognize project management best practice, including Agile, Lean, and other techniques
  • Understand project team dynamics
  • Understand how to communicate clearly with stakeholders and project team members
  • Recognize effective tools for change management
  • Explain and employ key tools and techniques employed in the five stages
  • Manage the closing process for your project, including transfer, acceptance, and approval

Note: Upon successful completion, you will receive 10 PDUs/contact hours. This course is self-paced and online. You will have access to this course for 180 days.
Target Audience:
This course is designed for adult learners seeking project management experience.
Level:
Introductory
Prerequisites:
It is helpful, but not required, for learners to have some experience in project management.
Estimated time to complete:
10 hours

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