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At Michigan Online, we believe in the inherent curiosity in all people to explore, grow, and chart their own path. We believe learning is a journey, paved by time and without expiration. It is a lifelong commitment to understanding and to be understood. Lifelong learners relentlessly seek self-improvement and have adopted a lifestyle of learning — for good.

That’s why you’ll find hundreds of free* ways to pursue your passion, tackle the world’s biggest challenges, and learn for a lifetime with Michigan Online.

Together, we can solve today’s — and tomorrow’s — biggest challenges. Continually improving ourselves enables us to improve the lives of those around us. Our communities benefit from our unique perspectives and collective passions. We believe in a diverse, inclusive, and compassionate collation of thinkers, dreamers, and solvers who are emboldened to make positive change — for good.

Life challenges us. Learning changes us.

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Michigan Online is your destination for online learning experiences created by U-M experts and delivered via online learning platforms Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.

Most learning experiences you’ll find on Michigan Online have free and open enrollment where you can learn at your own pace and commit as much - or as little - time as you would like. You can enroll in a low-stakes massive open online course (MOOC), join a conversation with learners around the world in the University of Michigan Teach-Out Series™, or plan the next step in your academic journey with an online degree. In addition to hundreds of online courses, you can browse curated collections of short videos, podcasts, and articles surrounding a theme or subject without ever leaving Michigan Online.

We recommend exploring these topics to continue your lifelong learning pathways in the pursuit of “better.”

Learn for Justice

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Community Organizing for Social Justice

4.75819672131148 stars

6 weeks

Course

The course examines specific strategies for community organizing for social justice in a diverse, democratic society. It examines core concepts of social justice and practical steps for bringing people together to set goals and priorities, assess community assets and needs, develop action plans, and build support for implementation. It includes information on how to form core groups, build organizational capacity, and formulate strategy for reaching out to constituents and allies. Because each…

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Black Performance as Social Protest

5 weeks

Course

Explore the history of social protest through Black performance Black performance and social activism have been a model for protest globally. It has enriched and activated cries for justice in multiple contexts. This course will help you expand your understanding of Black performance as social protest and its active effects on performance and protest today. Engage with artistic protests across key historical frames The arts are a potent way of responding to issues of injustice. From slavery…

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Visualizing Women's Work: Using Art Media for Social Justice

4 weeks

Course

Discover the historical erasure of women’s work through social justice art Public art has often ignored the work and legacy of minorities and women, but recently there has been a welcome reappraisal of publicly displayed visual monuments and art media. This course dives into the artistic process, exploring how art has the power to address issues of social justice and gender equality and answer historic injustices. Critique art history through the lens of gender You’ll begin the course by evaluating…

Learn for the Planet

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Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action

4.78378378378378 stars

7 weeks

Course

Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. The course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the…

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Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development

4.73115577889447 stars

5 weeks

Course

We’re excited you’re here! This course, “Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development,” is the first course in the Sustainability and Development MasterTrack® Certificate, but you can also take this course as a stand-alone learning opportunity. Sustainability and development pose unprecedented challenges as human societies grow and seek to ensure future wellbeing and prosperity. In this course, we’ll focus on addressing the twin challenges of sustainability…

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Climate Change

Collection

Our world is facing a global crisis with Climate Change. Creating a future where we can all thrive includes becoming an informed and empowered society. This Collection is a curated portfolio of learning experiences that will help learners understand the underlying factors of Climate Change, the social impacts of Climate Change, and ways in which we can all can enact change in our own contexts.

Learn for Health

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Impacts of the Environment on Global Public Health

16 weeks

Series

In this specialization, you will explore how many public health outcomes are directly influenced by human contact with the environment. The four courses in this series will introduce you to the environmental health sciences (EHS) discipline; you'll examine the hazards of air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, radon, and noise; identify the major challenges posed by climate change and unsustainable practices; and use risk assessment to evaluate the health of population, advocate…

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The Influence of Social Determinants on Health

12 weeks

Series

Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over a lifetime? How do social policies on housing, transportation, and employment relate to health and health inequalities? This specialization will examine social, behavioral, economic, political, and structural factors that contribute to health inequalities, and suggest innovative ways to reduce disparities in health to achieve health equity.You will learn, -Use conceptual models to understand health…

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The World & COVID-19

Collection

This Collection is a curated portfolio of learning experiences that will help learners understand the complexities and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic from a public health perspective including the biology of the virus, public safety interventions, personal health strategies, and the broader social implications and systemic inequalities that compound the negative impact of the pandemic. The World & COVID-19 Collection features content from the School of Public Health, the Ross School of Business,…

Learn for Yourself

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Career Kickoff

Collection

Figuring out how to navigate your career journey can be challenging. What areas should you focus on? Where should you start? Why is career development important in the first place? In the Career Kickoff Collection, you’ll be able to find answers to these questions, in addition to other ones you may have, too. From resumes to interviews to networking, this collection examines common areas involved in career development. These materials break down and outline different strategies and methods you can…

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Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most

4.7748830995324 stars

4 weeks

Course

Welcome to Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most! In this course, you’ll learn how science, philosophy and practice all play a role in both finding your purpose and living a purposeful life. You will hear from historical figures and individuals about their journeys to finding and living a purposeful life, and will walk through different exercises to help you find out what matters most to you so you can live a purposeful life. As an added benefit, you will also have…

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Practicing Gratitude Teach-Out

4.7 stars

1 week

Teach-Out

This Teach-Out will present the science and benefits of gratitude practices, including practical ways to bring it into your own life and recognition that gratitude and struggle can coexist. It’s both for anyone new to the idea of gratitude practices and for people who routinely use positive psychology in their life. There’s a lot about the world right now that might drain and challenge us. The same can feel true when we’re facing something hard personally. Even though gratitude is possible and can…

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