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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.

Learn for Your Future


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

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4 weeks


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…


Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

4.77859068155564 stars

7 weeks


We all negotiate on a daily basis. On a personal level, we negotiate with friends, family, landlords, car sellers and employers, among others. Negotiation is also the key to business success. No business can survive without profitable contracts. Within a company, negotiation skills can lead to your career advancement. I hope that you will join the hundreds of thousands of learners who have made “Successful Negotiation” one of the most popular and highly-rated MOOCs worldwide. In the course, you’ll…


Career Kickoff


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…

Learn for Justice


Community Organizing for Social Justice

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6 weeks


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…


Black Performance as Social Protest

5 weeks


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…


Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change

4.82159624413146 stars

4 weeks


In this course, you will learn how social workers in the United States engage in creating change and supporting the resilience of individuals, families and communities in this new era. Learners will have an opportunity to explore the social work profession, the different roles of social workers in a range of settings, the cross cutting themes that guide social work practice, the history of social work, and current challenges. Using a social justice lens, learners will reflect on current challenges…

Learn for Our Planet


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

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7 weeks


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…


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

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5 weeks


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…


Climate Change


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


The Influence of Social Determinants on Health

12 weeks


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…


Impacts of the Environment on Global Public Health

16 weeks


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…


Addressing Racial Health Inequity in Healthcare

15 weeks


Recent events have once again put a spotlight on 400+ years of racism that has deeply entrenched our everyday structures, notably healthcare delivery. There is a significant need to provide a deep skillset to learners who have significant potential to change this system towards equity. Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities is core to the mission of public health. The healthcare delivery system contributes to these disparities in unique and complex ways. In this MOOC series, we will learn…

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