Episode 43: Are Online Courses the Future of Education?

Episode 43: Are Online Courses the Future of Education?

As we move towards the future of work, it is becoming increasingly clear that that  that might mean re-thinking education models. We tend to think of education as being a few years after high school then maybe the odd course to pick up new skills when you are working, but really we should be thinking in terms of continuous retraining and reskilling. That can be done a lot of ways, but one that is really gaining traction is by doing sel-paced online learning courses which are already a huge force and are becoming a bigger one.  As of 2019 that market was worth about $5.6 billion, a figure that is expected to hit $7.9 bllion by 2025.

To talk about what is driving the demand, we are joined by  Chris Haroun who is the founder and managing partner at Haroun Educational Ventures. Chris designs and sells courses on the website Udemy, and to date he has sold about 1,000, 000 of them on the subjects of business and self improvement, so he knows a lot about this market and why it is growing and has lot to share on the subject.


Udemy Teacher & Founder of Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program
Chris has sold more than 1,000,000 of his online business & self improvement courses in 12 languages in 196 countries and his courses have been profiled in Business Insider, NBC, Inc, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur & on other business news websites. Chris is the author of the #1 best selling online business course called “An Entire MBA in 1 Course®” & more than 50 other courses.

You can access coupons for his best selling courses and learn about his new Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program® at this address: HarounEducation.com

He’s the author of the book “101 Crucial Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Business School®,”​ which Business Insider wrote is “the most popular book of 2016.”​ Forbes called this book “1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now.”​

He is the founder & CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University & former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.

He also has work experience at hedge fund giant Citadel, consulting firm Accenture & several firms that he has started, including an investment firm that had a venture capital investment in Facebook several years before the Facebook IPO.

He is a frequent guest lecturer at several Bay Area MBA schools including Berkeley & Stanford. He also has an undergraduate degree with a major in Management Information Systems & International Business from McGill University where he is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (awarded for his work mentoring students with start up business models).

He has founded several companies & serves on the boards of several Bay Area companies & charities, including LEMOfoundation.org & Providing Opportunities for Women. He lives in Hillsborough, California.

According to Business Insider “Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education.”​

He is passionate about education as he believes that all problems can be solved via education.

1 Comment
  • Eric van de Graaff
    Posted at 12:16h, 30 May


    Hope all is well! Thank you for raising the awareness for the difficult search for good online education.

    “Humans see what they want to see.” This is a great quote by Rick Riorda. I humbly think this applies to online eduction too.

    I was raised with the idea that universities provide education, Therefor I would not search at other places. Not until I was aware of the fact that I wanted to develop a skill, namely business skills, I was able to find a forest of online education on this topic.

    Eric van de Graaff MsC,MEd,MBA

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