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!

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.
The Constitution is the basic Law of the state and society. Not without reason Americans compare the Constitution with the Bible. The level of the society development is determined by the level of citizen awareness of the Constitution. The knowledge of the Constitution allows to realize the laws of state development, political processes, causes and consequences of political party activities. The Constitution proclaims the rights and obligations of a citizen, but the text of the document may be difficult for understanding by one with no specific background in the field of Laws. The course explains what constitutional provisions mean and how they can be used in practice. The course is developed for people who have no legal education. At the same time, it may be interesting for professional lawyers and politicians. 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.
Project management includes different activities such as idea generation, planning, executing, controlling the team’s work to achieve goals and meet specific KPIs. The main purpose of the course is to explain how project management works in practice. The course answers the main questions:
  • What is the strategic role of projects in the company management?
  • What is the value of project management skills to increase the company competitiveness?
It explains how to plan a project dividing it into stages, assessing the duration of each stage, distributing the resources and using different tools for controlling. The course also shows how to manage the project to reduce the negative impact of Murphy's factors. Because projects take place in any organization or in business, the course may be interesting for a wide audience. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is for active citizens who participate in social and business projects and are interested in personal and professional development. It helps to understand the one’s true desires, needs and values. The problem is that people may experience the same states and according to this they form social groups. To cooperate successfully within the working groups one should clearly understand members of these groups as well as their motives. Many public projects fail and many businesses went bankrupt just because many do not understand the peculiarities of cooperation. The course discovers and helps to realize aspects that are crucial for effective collective work. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course explains what is the city branding and why this process differs from the product branding. It also considers why it is impossible to create the city brand by only organizing contests and events, what typical mistakes people make and why there are so many unsuccessful projects in this area. The course is addressed to active citizens, marketing managers, brand managers and PR-specialists. It is useful to everyone who is worried about the development of their city and trying to change the situation for the better. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
Ukraine is a country with various opportunities. But sometimes we do not see them or do not believe that it's really possible to do something useful and interesting. In addition, we are mostly concerned that financial resources are instrumental for a successful project. But is money so important?  In fact, the most significant resource we have available is the ability of people to unite around ideas and implement them in real life. During the course, successful cases and social projects are considered. It is practical experience on how Ukrainian communities are successfully developing their cities and towns without huge investments and state assistance. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
What can we do to motivate people to change their behavior, to get rid of bad habits or try to do something useful for society? Asking this, we don’t mean psychology or personal effectiveness and goal achievement. We mean social problems and the possibility to resolve them using traditional marketing. This course is addressed to activists, NGO staff, representatives of civil society, all those who try to influence social behavior and want to change the country for the better. It clearly demonstrates that the standard approaches of commercial marketing can work effectively in the social area. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
It is not a secret that money problems may destroy relationships and therefore the spending money process must be taken under control. This course is useful for young married couples who want to control their money and learn how to save it. It includes practical recommendations that can be used in Ukrainian realities and explains how family budget management helps to achieve life goals and fulfill dreams. One of the questions that considered in the course is how to negotiate about money in relationships and plan the budget together. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
The digital technology development provides new opportunities for influencing the situation, rather than being a passive observer. Our practical e-democracy course targets a wide audience. Authors help people to understand what an electronic (or digital) democracy is, how and with which instruments they can influence government, receive state services, join the processes of country management, create their own project and change this world for the better. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.