WBG Academy

Self-paced courses

Facilitated courses

  • Select the course you would like to enroll in. Click the “Enroll now” button, which will take you to the course landing page (homepage) in the OLC Learning Management System. If you would like to join the course, click on the “Enroll” button. You will then be placed on a waitlist. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an email notification. After receipt of the notification you can join the course and access its materials on the specified start date.

  • Many courses are offered in both facilitated and self-paced formats, and the content is largely the same. However, facilitated courses offer access to virtual experts who provide structure, guide discussions, answer questions, build the community, and expand participants’ learning networks. In addition, facilitated courses have scheduled meeting times and deadlines for assignments. Self-paced courses are designed to meet the need for just-in-time learning. They can be taken at any time to accommodate professionals who are balancing demanding work programs and their day-to-day lives. High-quality modules that can be self-tested are available online, and participants are free to proceed at their own pace with flexible deadlines.

  • Most of the offerings in the OLC have unlimited enrollments. When facilitated courses do have enrollment limits, then the selection process depends on the participant’s work or area of expertise, or if the content is restricted to a specific target audience.

  • You will receive an email message approximately one week after the application deadline.

  • Yes, please do apply for future offerings. You can also choose to enroll in the self-paced version of the course if the date of the next facilitated session is not announced.

  • 1. Enter to the OLC https://olc.worldbank.org/ and click Log in at the top right corner.

    2. At the right left corner click on My Learning, then My Courses.

    3. In the new page open click on ME, then you can check your registration status as in the image below.

  • After being accepted into a course you will receive an email notification. Log into the OLC and click the “Log in” button on the top right of any page. Enter your username and password and then select the “My Learning Plan” link under your username at the top of the screen. You will see a list of all facilitated and self-paced courses you are currently enrolled in.

  • This is generally unnecessary unless specifically noted by the course facilitator. You should consider the amount of time required to review the content and do the learning activities and plan accordingly.

  • Once you enroll and log into the course, the course facilitator will confirm your course schedule.

  • It is ideal to log in each day but not necessary to log in at a specific time. Even if some activities have fixed deadlines in facilitated courses, most of these activities can be done at any time within the week and from any location. There may be courses that offer real-time interactions via chats, webinars, and webcasts, etc. This will be clearly indicated in the course description so that interested parties can determine their schedule before applying for a course.

  • Most courses do not have an examination per se, however, they do have knowledge checks throughout the modules and at the end to allow learners to gauge whether they have understood the concepts and to measure their learning progress. Examples of such knowledge checks include quizzes and discussion questions, as well as final projects and action plans for which participants receive feedback.

  • While OLC courses do not provide academic credits, a certificate of completion will be provided when course requirements are met. Courses do vary in their certificate requirements; please check your course for specific instructions

  • After successful completion of your course, your certificate will be stored on your “Completed Learning” page in the Learning Management System and can be printed at any time. You also have the option to export it to PDF to keep the electronic form. Certificates will not be mailed.

  • One-on-one tutoring is not offered. However, most facilitated courses are virtually facilitated by experts in the field. These experts will initiate and moderate group discussions, facilitate peer learning and knowledge sharing among participants, and provide feedback on individual assignments.

  • Many courses have accompanying CD-ROMs to store high bandwidth content and multimedia. Please check with the course facilitator. Also note that the CD-ROMs will only contain static content and not dynamic discussions, quizzes, or activities. If you want to save certain discussion posts, you will need to make a manual copy and paste it to your local drive.

  • Please notify the course facilitator if you will not be able to continue participating in facilitated sessions. You can enroll in the next offering of the course if you can complete it at a later date or take the self-paced version if it exists.

  • Yes, however only if you can manage the required number of hours needed for completing the activities of more than one course at a time.

  • Since these are virtual courses facilitated through online communications, you will not need to travel. Some courses are self-paced, where you can learn at your own pace and time. Facilitated courses are interactive with the benefit of expert feedback and global interaction among peers to share advice, knowledge, and experiences.

  • After you apply, you will receive an email from the OLC indicating that you are waitlisted. Once you are confirmed, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance. If you do not receive the email, your spam filter may be blocking emails. Please check the spam folder of your email account and flag it as “not spam” to ensure that future emails from the OLC are delivered successfully. If you do not find the email in your spam folder, contact the course facilitator. You can also check the status of the course in “My Learning Plan”

  • Generally, the course space will be kept open online for at least four weeks after the course completion date.

  • Academic credits are not available for completing courses offered by the World Bank Group.

  • A course is successfully concluded once you complete the knowledge checks (quizzes, assignments, participation in discussion forum, etc.) and fill out the short course evaluation form.

  • Yes, the scripts are available in PDF formats for most of the courses, which can be downloaded for later use.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  • MOOCs are massive open online courses that have thousands of learners participating at once. The format is similar to facilitated online courses, with video lectures by instructors, required reading materials, peer graded assignments, projects, and collaboration through discussions (expert and student interactions).

  • Yes, but MOOCs are open to anyone who wants to participate. All you need to do is register and you can start accessing the MOOC on the available dates.

  • The OLC has partnered with Coursera to deliver its MOOCs. All MOOC content is accessed through the Coursera platform, which has its own login system and requirements. Please use the “CLICK NOW TO FIND OUT MORE!” button in the description page of the MOOC in the OLC portal to access the course page in Coursera. If there is a scheduled session for the course then you can click the “Enroll” button, otherwise you can click the “Add to Watchlist” button to receive email notification when the session will be scheduled. In both cases you will be asked to log in or sign up for Coursera. Please note that the Coursera login is different from the OLC login and is managed by Coursera. You can sign up for Coursera for free, and it is easy to do.

  • Academic credits are not available for completing MOOCs offered by the World Bank Group.

  • You will receive a Statement of Accomplishment for completing a MOOC. It can be found in the “Accomplishments” section of your profile in Coursera.