Civic Education in Ukraine

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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!



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. 
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. 
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.
This course is not about yoga, mediums or mass media. It considers an effective communication that allows to find a solution that satisfies both sides of the communication process. The course provides basic concepts of mediation methods and presents effective ways of conflict solving. This course is for those who want to understand their own desires, and also meet the other person needs. It is also for those who deal with conflict situations and want to learn how to solve them. The use of some mediation methods becomes clear immediately after the course completion. All interested people are provided with special opportunities for further trainings. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is developed for people aged over 30 who are interested in professional development and personal branding. The course deals with personal values ​​and their analysis that determine what a person should focus on. People who have different values ​​will not be able to work together and implement collaborative projects. Working with values ​​gives motivation to overcome the difficulties and the basis for making sustainable decisions. The course provides practical advice and methods to analyze existing activities, draw conclusions and plan further steps. It helps people to make their own decisions, and does not check knowledge and skills. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
Nowadays, career development has its own peculiarities. It is difficult to predict which professions will be in demand in 5 years. Even more it should be taken into account that some of them has not been created yet. Moreover, the life cycle of some professors is very short and that is troubling as one may lose a job. So, how can people plan a career? This course explains the issues of the career development and will be useful for students and for those who only choose the future profession or change it - young professionals, experienced professionals, executives, and educated managers. The course does not consider aspects of how to find a job, write a CV, or to be prepared for an interview. The focus is on career planning and its development. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is an introduction to integral dynamics which is an effective model of the evolution of thinking, leadership and management. It describes the development of psychosocial systems on different levels, such as a person, a company, people, and humanity. The course allows to learn how the values ​​and ways of thinking influence people’s behavior, why people often can’t come up with effective ways of managing subordinates. It allows to analyze the diversity of management cultures and learn how to accept the position of colleagues, see opportunities and ways to improve yourself and your team. The course also shows the evolution of thinking and its influence on the evolution of economic relations, political systems, cultures and religions, national identity, etc. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is useful for those who think about their future and the future of their projects and organizations. It is for those who develop strategies or plan to create them; for those who understand that the effective strategy planning requires the ability to see and even predict the future. This course does not focus on explanation of the strategic planning process. It shows the algorithm and key principles of effective strategic thinking, allows to test themselves (by performing a series of tests that measure the principal skills and abilities). After finishing the course, a person will clearly understand what one should do and where to start the strategic planning. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
It happens that a person deals with an uncertain situation, in which there is no clear right or wrong answer, but it is necessary to make decisions. Using creative thinking skills may be the best solution in this way. In the nearest future, the quantity of uncertain situations that will require non-standard approaches will only increase. There well-known that experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos have included creative thinking in the top 5 required competencies of the coming decade. Creative thinking is called as out-of-the-box thinking, meaning thinking outside of patterns. This course is useful to those who are ready for lifelong education and want successfully applying their knowledge in a variety of spheres, including business, community, education, science, management and military affairs. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is for the people who are interested in applying stories in the business and social life. This interactive course allows developing both - an educational and creative skills. Using them you can refine your ability to analyze, design and transfer your experience in stories and in such a way improve your communicative and public speaking skills. Stories are easier for perception and information that’s delivered through stories is remembered much better. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.