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FIU offering free online entrepreneurship class, others

Florida International University is offering five online courses that anyone can take, for free.

The courses, which make up FIU’s initial offering of “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC),” include entrepreneurship, real estate and a class on project management in English and Spanish.

Each course is a self-directed, condensed version of a college-level course and takes about eight hours to complete. Participants can watch a short video of the content of each course as described by the instructor before enrolling.

To sign up, visit www.open.fiu.edu. Students can enroll and complete the course at their own pace. At the end of the course, participants have the option of receiving a certificate of completion. No college credit will be awarded, FIU said.

The five courses are:

Applied Real Estate: What you need to know about buying and selling residential real estate.

Entrepreneurship and New Ventures: Geared to give students practical tools to help them rapidly assess the potential of a new business idea.

Legal and Ethical Governance - A Roadmap for Florida's Public Officials and Employees: The course includes both theoretical and practical approaches to common ethical issues, with an emphasis on Florida law.

Project Management Basics: Aimed at providing key concepts and techniques for successfully managing projects from planning to completion. It is offered in English and Spanish.

FIU said additional courses will be added later this spring.

INA PAIVA CORDLE

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