A must-have toolkit for today's managers

20 June 2016

Whether you want to acquire or refine your management skills, a new MOOC developed by the University of London, could be the answer.

The inspirational new MOOC, The Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work, is now available on Coursera's on demand platform.

The six week course aims to give learners a practical guide to managing people at work. The course, created by Dr Chris Dewberry from Birkbeck, University of London, will introduce learners to objective, evidence based theories that encourage them to make managerial decisions by using all the information available to them.

In his introduction, Dr Dewberry explains what makes this course special [photo right]:Chris Dewberry leads the new Mooc: The Manager's Toolkit‘A lot of management information is out there and much of it is based on very personal experiences and opinions. These opinions, though they may be strongly held, might not actually apply in many environments, and may hinder effective management if dogmatically adhered to. This course, however, is evidenced based. It holds no opinions and goes straight to the facts. This means that learners can be confident that the materials they are provided with can reliably inform their practice, and will encourage them to use all the information available to them, when making managerial decisions.’

Topics covered in the course include leadership and decision making, performance management, pay as a motivator and managing conflict, as well as job interviews.

Dr Chris Dewberry said: ‘Whether you are a first time manager in a shop or a middle manager in an office environment; the same skills apply to every work place. In this course you will engage with some Human Resource theories and then see how they translate into every day working life.’

At the end of the course, learners will be better equipped to choose suitable employees, to motivate and appraise their teams, to manage conflict in the work place and to lead and make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis.

Combining informative readings with explanatory videos from professionals and academics, this brand new MOOC from the University of London is both timely and relevant across the world.

More details containing course information are readily available at:

Notes to Editors


Binda Rai - Head of Corporate Affairs:
University of London International Programmes
Email: binda.rai@london.ac.uk
Tel: 07920 476483

The University of London

  • The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter and its 27 autonomous independent member institutions, including the LSE, UCL and Kings College, are recognised globally, in their own right, as world leaders in higher education.
  • The University of London International Programmes has responsibility for over 50,000 international students studying inter-collegiate programmes in over 180 countries.
  • It is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded its Fourth Royal Charter. http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its fourth Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London International Programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with some taking the award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions.
  • Further  information about the University of London is available at http://www.london.ac.uk/
  • The International Programmes is the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students worldwide, and over a million learners on the Coursera online platform, bringing its global reach to 1,050,000 people around the world.
  • Since joining Coursera, the University of London has launched the following 23 courses, of between seven and five week duration:
  1. ‘The Camera Never Lies’.
  2. ‘Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour’.
  3. ‘Enhance your Career and Employability Skills’.
  4. ‘Managing the Company of the Future’.
  5. ‘Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story’.
  6. ‘Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps’.
  7. ‘ICT in Primary Education: Transforming Children’s Learning Across the Curriculum’.
  8. ‘Supporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing’.
  9. ‘What Future for Education?’
  10. ‘Freedom and Protests: Magna Carta and its Legacies’.
  11. ‘English Common Law: Structure and Principles’.
  12. ‘Understanding Research Methods’.
  13. Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS and JavaScript (MOOC 1/6 of Specialisation).
  14. Responsive Web Design (MOOC 2/6 of Specialisation).
  15. Introduction to Meteor.js Development (MOOC 3/6 of Specialisation).
  16. Web Application Development with JavaScript and MongoDB (MOOC 4/6 of Specialisation).
  17. Responsive Website Tutorial and Examples (MOOC 5/6 of Specialisation).
  18. Responsive Website Development and design’ Capstone Project (MOOC 6/6 of Specialisation).
  19. Global Diplomacy - Diplomacy in the Modern World.
  20. Keeping up with change: Issues for the finance professional.
  21. How to Finance and Grow Your Start-up – Without VC.
  22. Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach.
  23. The Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work.

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