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Thrive in Trying Times Teach-Out

Learn practices proven to help individuals, organizations, and communities during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

4,197 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Learn tips for community organizing and maintaining wellbeing during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging individuals, communities, and businesses across the globe to work together like never before.

On this course – led by experts from the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan – you’ll learn how to develop practices to help you get through this crisis.

You’ll discover the scientific grounding behind terms like thriving, resilience, and compassion.

You’ll also consider the value of gratitude and staying connected in a time of social distancing, including tangible steps to take as an individual or part of a larger community

What topics will you cover?

  • Resilience
  • Gratitude
  • Reframing
  • Social Connection

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what the concept of “thriving” means to you
  • Contribute your own experiences and opinions related to the current difficult times
  • Explore basic positive organizing concepts such as Resilience, Gratitude, Reframing, and Social Connection
  • Reflect on useful and creative solutions that help them overcome the current crisis

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about how to thrive during difficult times and how to respond to crisis effectively.

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established

  • Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World ranking

    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

What's included?

University of Michigan are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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