Community Engagement Online Minicourse

A circle of hands all join together in the centerDeveloped by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad, through but not limited to:

  • community-academic partnerships
  • community service and learning
  • social change projects
  • education and work abroad
  • traditional and community-based research
  • non-profit internships
  • public scholarship
  • civic performance

Key concepts and strategies covered in the course include:

  • valuing community context and expertise
  • understanding how social identities, power, and privilege impact your interactions
  • approaches to collaborative leadership, such listening effectively, resolving conflicts, and building mutually-beneficial partnerships
  • reflecting on your work, and transitioning in and out of communities
  • effectively managing community-engaged projects

The content is engaging and challenging, offering an accessible entry into foundational topics as well as a jumping off point to pursue work and further learning in effective community engagement.

The course sequence is flexible: modules can be started and completed at any time, and users are welcome to engage with specific content based on their needs. Estimated completion time for the entire course is 6 weeks, if dedicating 2-4 hours per week to coursework.

A facilitation guide is available to help instructors and GSIs, academic and co-curricular program managers, and student organizations incorporate all or some of the course into traditional live courses, engaged learning opportunities, pre-departure workshops, pre-service trainings, and more.

In the first year of the course, over 4,500 people from 160 countries engaged. See more metrics or join others all over the world in learning more about engagement by taking the course.

All U-M affiliates (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) can take this course and receive a verified certificate for free through Michigan Online.

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“This course provided the opportunity to self reflect in many contexts, and it gave me confidence to do more in the community.”

– Anonymous User