Civic Education in Ukraine

Online courses

The first experience of the Open University of Maidan (OUM) activities helped us to make several important conclusions. First of all, our team should apply different approaches and observe the issues from different perspectives to implement changes as it is hard to realize what will be needed in the process, what programs should be outlined and how to establish a systematic approach in one’s studying. Gained experience supported us in our decision to create “Concerned Activist’s School” educational program. This school is the result of facilitators', psychologists', activists', and leaders’ work. Implementing the experience of 26 events we had held all over Ukraine, we transformed the School into a branch of massive open online courses that provide a balanced and comprehensive base of knowledge about public activism, have straight structure and deliver simple and precise messages.
It is extremely crucial that “Concerned Activist’s School” as many other complex programs by the OUM is always changing and adopting concerning demands of the society and patterns of its development. But how does it actually works? If you are interested in one of our massive open online courses and sign up for it, our platform automatically signs you up for all the online courses of this program. Complex programs require not only the successful ending of the particular online courses but final assignment completing. When you end the course you may get your Certificate. This part contains complex solutions of the issues in the civil society sphere. The main objective of the complex programs is to help us with an efficient understanding of the courses and experts effectiveness in answering complicated questions that are on your list. Topics of our courses may correlate with your particular problems and may be instrumental in the troubleshooting process. The platform creates new opportunities for those responsible and active members of the communities who are ready to change themselves and their communities. Choose your program now and enjoy the education process on the OUM!

We have developed this complex program to help each citizen quickly gain the knowledge how to build a real dialogue with the authorities: "What is being done? Why? Whose benefit? How does it improve the quality of our lives? " The program includes the following courses:
  • Public Control
  • Community & Authorities: Productive Channels of Influence
  • Activism in the Digital Sphere: Toolkit of E-Democracy
  • Combating Corruption in the Government Procurement Sphere
  • Public Contracts and Civil Society Monitoring
  • Digital Public Registers
All the courses that are part of the program are freely available and open to everyone.
We have created this course to help our listeners to figure out what is the essence behind political parties and spectrum. Our experts explain the basics of the ideology, its key aspects: what is being left or right, conservative or libertarian, who are populists and extremists.    The course helps you to analyze politicians’ actions, promises and mottos before the Presidential and Parliament Elections adequately. What are the ideologies and what are the motives of the political powers that we know?    Watch out! The conclusions you get may be frightful.     We need to understand who is who. What is different and what is common in political parties and movements? What are the ideological differences between them, and can they form political alliances? Once per 4-5 years, we vote for candidates, so we ought to understand the consequences of our choices and analyze critically political promises we hear. We should realize your voice is not for sale as it is about values.    The course is in Ukrainian. It is free-of-charge and available for everyone.       Course creation was supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Ukraine Kharkiv Office.   
Cognition is an incredible human skill. People develop, evolve and solve various problems, deal with challenges.   Does brain work differently?  Imagine a situation where a supercomputer is given to different people. They will use it within their own skills and understanding. Some will browse the net or Skype with their friends. Some will play games, some will use office programs, and some will code, trade or mine cryptocurrency. The same device can be used differently. We use the brain pretty the same way. It is proved that thinking skills (effective use of the brain) can be developed.   When we talk about developing thinking skills, it is important to remember that there is no “right” or “wrong” thinking. The thinking process can be logical, analytical, critical, abstract and creative. It can be comprehensive and flexible. That are you thinking and that makes it unique.    Our complex program “School of Effective Thinking” provides you with opportunities for various thinking skills training. The program consists of the courses: 
  •  “Creative thinking” 
  • “Introduction to critical thinking”
  •  “Strategic thinking”
  •  “Integral dynamics. Evolution of thinking, leadership, economics, and politics” 
  •  “Sustainable development: a new philosophy of thinking”
 Courses are in Ukrainian or Russian. They are freely available and open to everyone. 
We and EdEra created two courses about Medical Information Systems – The Principles of Medical Reform with a help of eHealth – for doctors and administration. Medical Informational Systems allow the patient to receive high-quality service from the doctors. It also allows controlling the effectiveness of the money and recourses use at the medical institutions and lessen potential corruption risks. eHealth allows creating one system to coordinate all health care activities – medical practice, medical institutions management, medical law, pharmaceutics and informational support for the patients. eHealth implementation takes time and has many iterations. The first iteration is to involve all the centers and doctors that provide First Aid and Emergency services. So that we created these courses to standardize the approach of eHealth implementation in different regions of Ukraine. This course was created by OUM and EdEra with support from U-LEAD with Europe and collaboration with Estonian Agency eGovernance Academy. The course is in Ukrainian. It is free-of-charge and available for everyone.
The Open University of Maidan and Klaudia Shevelyuk, the founder of the Responsible Future initiative and sustainable development consultant, created a course “Sustainable development: a new philosophy of thinking”. UNDP in Ukraine recommends the course for studying and supports its promotion.    The expert emphasizes the following issues in the course:  
  •  Sustainable Development and its core principles;  
  •  The philosophical concept of Sustainable Thinking;  
  •  Who are the stakeholders of the Sustainable Development, what are their goals and values;  
  •  17 Sustainable Development Goals by UN, agendas till 2030 and Ukrainian plan to achieve these goals;  
  •  Application of the knowledge about Sustainable Development in practice.  
The course is for those who are not ready to be idle witnesses of the vastest changes on the planet. It is for those who want to think, plan and act understanding these changes.    The course is free-of-charge and available for everyone. 
Academic Integrity is a foundation of a high-quality education.    Higher Education in Ukraine is transforming and developing gradually. Implementation of the academic integrity principles in studying, teaching and science is a key element of higher education development.    We developed an online course about the Academic Integrity to let the students, lectors, scientists, managers, and directors of higher education institutions implement its principles in practice.    The course describes the following issues:  
  • What is academic integrity?  
  • What is plagiarism?  
  • How to avoid plagiarism in academic writing?  
  • What are the preconditions of creating an area of academic integrity?  
  • How to create an area of academic integrity in the university?
The course is open for everyone. 
There we speak about two important issues: online communication and digital security. So, you can learn how to communicate effectively and do not risk personal data at the same time.  After completing this course, you will learn: 
  • How to protect mail and personal files from undesirable shares? 
  • How to choose perfect passwords and where to store them? 
  • How to set up your computer for safe work on the Internet? 
  • How social networks help you at work; 
  • How to respond to negative comments and manage communication crisis; 
  • What are the hidden features of Facebook, Twitter or YouTube that will help you at work? 
We created the course grounding on more than 100 hours of trainings with the people's deputies and their assistants, which we had already held within USAID Rada Program. The program is implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation together with Internews-Ukraine NGO and its partners.  The course is open for everyone. 
Ukrainians are still asking:
  • Do we need Europe? 
  • What is the European Association Agreement? 
  • What does the phrase "European integration of Ukraine" mean?  
  • What is the European idea (or ideas)? Where does it end? 
  • How was the European Union been formed? What are its values? 
The course - "What is a European idea?" - answers these questions. The course avoids stereotypical views on European-Ukrainian relations. This is a broad view of Europe – to politics, economy, culture, history and literature. Why there would be no European integration be without the French Revolution, why there would be no European Community without the Suez crisis, and why there would be no declaration of human rights without sentimental novels? Why is it important for modern Ukraine to "build Europe at home"?  The course is freely accessible and open to everyone!
When teachers work in an ineffective educational system and have no idea how to improve the situation, there is no chance for changes in the education sphere. (Un)conferences are the EdCamp innovation model that offers one of the most effective ways to solve this problem. The course participants will learn about modern methods of the school education improvement: from the value foundations and the explanation why EdCamp works – to a step-by-step plan for organizing such an event, with feedback and advice from educators who already have experience in the organization of the (un)conferences. This course is for those who are:
  • working in a school or kindergarten,
  • really care about the education level of the Ukrainian children,
  • ready to cooperate,
  • trying to find a practical and effective tools for improving the skills;
  • forming local educational communities, and transforming teacher initiatives into changes at the state level.
The course is freely accessible and open to everyone!
The problem of environmental pollution is actively discussed. But, at the same time, Ukrainians is not so experienced as Europeans and only begins to implement waste sorting measures. Many people do not understand how huge the problem is. If we do not start to solve it, the consequences can be catastrophic. Ordinary Ukrainian family generates about 1.5-2 kg of household waste daily. What happens to this garbage next? How does it affect the environment? Is it possible to change the situation for the better? The VUM online team gathered experts on the household waste management and representatives of key environmental initiatives of Ukraine. Together they developed the first free online course. There were no similar training programs in Ukraine before. The main goal of the course is to systematize the information concerning household waste and explain how Ukrainians can become more environmentally friendly. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.