Michael Goldberg, a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Vietnam in 2012, developed a free massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera entitled “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.” The idea for the course came from the experiences and connections he made as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. The course, which attracted 23,000 students online from 183 countries, was also used as a facilitated MOOC by the U.S. Embassy in Belize!
The MOOC session at the U.S. embassy was beneficial for participants. As Michael notes in his Huffington Post article: “Yvette Mazariegos in Belize started M&M Distributors almost 20 years ago as an importer of general merchandise and wholesale distributor. Because of “Beyond Silicon Valley,” her first MOOC, she joined a weekly discussion meet-up at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan with other students in Belize enrolled in the course.”