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Free Online Courses

UCM offering free courses open to any interested individual 

The University of Central Missouri is here for you during this challenging time of worldwide pandemic. We are offering several free online courses in creativity and innovation. Enroll today and learn new skills, advance your career or gain expertise to use at your business, on the job and/or in your day-to-day life. Courses are listed below. 



Experiencing Science in the Pandemic: July 11 through Aug. 6

 This timely four-week online course includes 14 contact hours in continuing education with a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, developing and testing hypotheses and developing arguments from evidence as it relates to the global pandemic. Instructor is Dr. Mo Basir, UCM associate professor and science education program coordinator. Free virtual course offered starting with a six-hour workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11. Online classes will start on July 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Tehran, local time) Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pre-registration is required. 

“In a world full of misinformation and pseudoscience, specifically during this coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to trust in science. Science as a way of knowing enables us to handle unknown situations, such as the current pandemic, more effectively in comparison with other forms of knowing.” -- Dr. Mo Basir

The course will provide an environment in which students experience science as they are making sense of 20 novel phenomena related to coronavirus and its pandemic effects. Students will pose hypotheses to answer each question and consequently conduct research to decide whether to accept or reject their hypotheses. Each question will be discussed in detail in the following session.




Three free online creativity and innovation courses offered through August 2020

 Through our partnership with MindEdge, a national company specializing in higher education and professional development, we are offering three free online courses focusing on creativity and innovation. Courses are open enrollment and designed so that you can work on your own schedule Enroll before Aug. 31 to take advantage of this free offer. Courses are: 

Creativity in Teams and Organizations (online), five contact hours
Introduction to Critical Thinking (online), seven contact hours
Personal Creativity (online), three contact hours.

Adult learners completing all three courses have the opportunity to enroll in a fourth course -- Innovation in Teams and Organizations, available for $79. After completing all four courses, students earn the recognized Certificate in Creativity and Innovation, offered through UCM and MindEdge. 


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