CMI and OU partner to launch first MOOC to offer management qualification

A new programme of leadership and management MOOCs created by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in partnership with The Open University Business School (OUBS) will be the first to offer learners a professional CMI management qualification. The first course launches this month on the FutureLearn platform.

CMI and OUBS have developed the Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to address the growing appetite for online education by digital savvy managers. According to CMI’s 2015 Learning to Lead report, only 20% of managers say that digital learning they have undertaken has been accredited.

The two-part MOOC has been designed for new, aspiring or existing managers to develop professional skills. The courses are open to anyone regardless of previous qualifications or educational experience. Each course in the programme will take learners three hours of study per week, over four weeks. Managers will be able to update their skillset through a blended approach including social learning, self-directed study and peer learning.

On completing both parts of the MOOC, managers will be eligible to take a CMI Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership, which will help them work towards achieving professional Chartered Manager status.  

CMI’s Director of HE Partnerships Ian Myson said:

“Only one in five managers that have studied online say that their course has been accredited. This new innovative partnership with the OU means that we’re able to deliver a CMI-accredited course to help thousands of managers develop recognised professional skills, using the latest tried and tested online learning techniques.”

Professor Rebecca Taylor, Executive Dean of The Open University Business School added:

“We have a long and proud history of offering innovative solutions to meet the needs of students and businesses, harnessing the latest technology to educate the leaders of tomorrow. Combining our academic expertise with the professional application of the CMI through FutureLearn means these courses offer huge reach and accessibility. Our understanding of how busy managers learn effectively at work ensures that these courses fit flexibly around work commitments and enable the learner to benefit immediately by applying the learning to their current practice.”

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, added:

“We know that for managers to fit study into their lives, the way they study has to be flexible, meaningful, interactive and modular. Our MOOCS are designed to deliver the best social learning experiences for everyone, anywhere and on any device. Now, with the introduction of accreditation through our platform, we are providing a totally flexible way for managers to advance their careers and we are excited to be able to enable more learners to take part than ever before.”

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Notes to editors

About CMI

  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership, dedicated to improving managers’ skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

  • Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalent levels, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earnings potential and improves workplace performance.
  • We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support which helps them embrace change, create high performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

  • With a member community of 120,000+ managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

About The Open University Business School

Founded in 1983, The Open University Business School (OUBS) has become one of the leading business schools in the world and a pioneer in distance learning business and management education.

The school’s flexible and practice-based programmes transform careers and organisations by enabling people to learn while remaining in full time employment. Tutors are practising professionals in their fields and the school’s qualifications and Executive Education programmes are developed by subject specialists and grounded in leading-edge research.

The OUBS offers part time and distance learning business and management courses leading to internationally recognised MBA, MSc, BA, BSc qualifications and professional certificates. Its True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) also contributes courses (MOOCS) to the online learning platform, FutureLearn.

Through its work-based Executive Education programmes, The OUBS helps organisations across a range of sectors to address specific needs. Sectors include local and central government, defence, healthcare, education, the third sector, financial services, IT, telecoms, engineering and construction, energy and utilities, sport and fitness or transport and logistics.

The OUBS has a sister law school, The Open University Law School (OULS).


About FutureLearn

"Pioneering the best social learning experiences for everyone anywhere"

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a social learning platform, designed to support learning through conversation. It offers over 3.6 million learners free online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council, Creative Skillset and European Space Agency.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Mulder, Head of Communications, FutureLearn

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