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!



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.
Our course “Fundamentals of Energy Co-operation” explains how community members or self-organized groups can become owners of energy infrastructure to stay energy efficient and independent. The Energy Cooperative allows citizens to meet their needs (both individual and community requests) related to energy consumption. These are the most varied needs – from providing the community with the necessary resources (wholesale purchase of firewood or fuel) to the production of heat and power from alternative energy sources. The financial effort of a community or a self-organized group provides tangible benefits to all its members. This instrument has already been used by hundreds of millions of people around the world (primarily in the EU and the US). The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
While developing this complex program, we aimed to overcome the stereotypes that are quite popular in our society. Many people may think like “Government will take care of my retirement”. But this is the wrong approach. Everyone should take responsibility for individual financial situation and its future development. At the moment we offer the following courses in the program:
  • Basics of Personal and Family Budget
  • Credits for non-professional
  • Financial Support of Management
These courses cover the basic aspects of financial management at the personal and institutional levels. All courses included in this program are freely available.
Due to an outdated system of thinking, Ukrainians need to be explained the difference between the owner of a private house and the owner of the apartment blocks. It is not obvious to everyone that there may be many co-owners in the apartment building and problems may seem alien until the moment when the water leaks through the holey roof. To make decisions, people need to be ready to communicate, negotiate, persuade, and defend their own position. Apartment buildings co-owners should become a community and take responsibility for their property. The basis of the common resources management of the community is the advocacy of the legitimate rights and each owner responsibilities. This complex program aims to provide a full range of knowledge of common property management and includes the following courses:
  • Energy Efficiency of the apartment blocks in practice
  • Effective Management of Common Property through Condominiums
  • How to deal with household waste
  • Fundamentals of Energy Co-operation
  • Project Management
Communication unit
  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Who is Who? Psychological Age of People and Communities
All the courses are freely accessible and open to everyone.
The Conscious Citizen School is a complex program of civic education launched by the founders of the Open University of Maidan and the Dialogue on Maidan initiative in January-February 2014. The purpose of this program is the formation of proactive civil society in the Ukrainian regions: assistance to local activists in search ideas and formation of teams that will realize different projects in their communities to change the situation for the better. The program comprises 10 courses and covers various aspects of the development at the personal and institutional levels. All the courses are freely accessible and open to everyone.
All Ukrainian citizens are the clients of administrative services. People need to receive passports, driver’s license and other documents, register a place of residence, marriage, car, real estate, get building permits etc. The issuance of these documents are the administrative services. Most of the administrative services should be provided in single integrated offices – the Administrative Service Centers (ASC). How to provide the best service in the Administrative Service Centers? How to deal with non-standard or conflict situations or create the best conditions for the citizens? This course answers all these questions. The course is based on materials of the Single Requirements for the quality of ASC service, which are recommended by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. During the course participants can learn from the practical experience of administrative service managers and find out practical psychologist recommendations concerning communication and citizen service. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.