Free Online Course on Improvement Science in Education at The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is offering free online course on Improvement Science in Education. This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

In this course, applicants will learn how to apply principles and practices of improvement science to improve educational practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps. The course will start on May 30, 2017.

Course At A Glance                                                                                                                          

Length: 8 weeks
Effort:  2-4 hours pw
 Education & Teacher Training
University of Michigan and edx
Certificate Available:
Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Course Starts on May 30, 2017               

Providers’ Details                                                                                                                                

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. The University, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has 260 degree programs in 19 schools and colleges offering a tremendous academic breadth and opportunity for discovery. Michigan has one of the largest alumni networks in the world with more than 540,000 living alumni.

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About This Course                                                                                                                                                       

With roots in industry and in health care, improvement science is a disciplined approach to educational innovation that supports teachers, leaders, and researchers in collaborating to solve specific problems of practice. Improvement science brings discipline and methods to different logics of innovation by integrating:                                                                                                                                                             

  • Problem analysis                                                                                                                                                           
  • Use of research                                                              
  • Development of solutions            
  • Measurement of processes and outcomes
  • Rapid refinement through plan-do-study-act cycles.

Why Take This Course?                                                                                                                                             

This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

Learning Outcomes                                                                                                                                              

  • Principles and methods of improvement science in education and other social sectors
  • Means of introducing improvement science in schools and systems
  • Approaches to accelerating improvement through networked improvement communities


Donald J. Peurach     

Donald J. Peurach is Associate Professor of Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

Anthony S. Bryk

Anthony S. Bryk is the ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he is leading work on transforming educational research and development, more closely joining researchers and practitioners in networked improvement communities to improve teaching and learning.


Working knowledge of schools and education systems as well as the political, policy, and public pressures to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

How To Join This Course                                                                                                                                                      

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.                                                    
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