Online Courses and Certificates

Online Courses and Certificates 2017-09-05T12:20:58+00:00

spiral design on cob wallGaia University offers two Online Certificate programs. The first is a 16-week program that consists of 7 online courses called the Certificate in Ecosocial Design. The second is an 8-week online learning experience called the Certificate in Auto-Ethnography and Learning Design. These two certificates are required for all of our Diploma and Degree programs, but they can also be taken individually. They are offered twice yearly.

The next cycle will begin on October 19, 2017. Click here for a full calendar.

We also offer a short, self-paced free introductory course Regenerative Livelihoods by Design that may be started at any time – register for the free course here.

Certificate in Ecosocial Design

elder drilling1. Creating Regenerative Livelihoods 1&2

4 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + two 90 minute interactive webinars

Stimulating Readings, interactive forums plus two 90 minute participatory webinars.

Goal:  To explore how we can generate our own livings through creating and developing regenerative enterprises. The means whereby we explore this topic include:

  • Stories and case studies from prior explorers in the regenerative enterprise field – what lessons can we learn from these?
  • Models and frameworks that describe attitudes/beliefs and behaviors typical of people who do well at creating enterprises – how do we stack up compared to these?
  • Notions to do with developing our community of support especially considering the implications of working in the context of a world system that may or may not be helpful in our quest for congruent livelihoods
  • Active use of Lean project/enterprise thinking coupled with an understanding of how to build lasting competence and attention through a project/enterprise progression
  • Extending our concept of investment (and later, generating value) beyond cash alone to include The 8 Forms of Capital
  • Developing our literacy around enterprise language including an early look at understanding ’The Books of Account”
  • Outlining an individual and collective design for a realistic pathway towards making a regenerative living

cutting fireboard2. Managing Time, Managing Promises

2 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + two 90 minute interactive webinars

Goal:  To develop the notion of managed, flexible promises, an approach to commitment that flows with life’s changes, builds trust in relationships and paves the way for livelihood streams requiring transparent accountability. This element will enable you to:

  • Flex your commitments to best fit your life and goals by managing promises in your life as well as (for those doing full programs) regarding the timing of Output Packets in your Gaia U program and the design of projects during the upcoming autonomous projects phase
  • Develop a fluent managing action practice that will enhance your opportunities for ecosocial livelihood
  • Show up in networks with increasing integrity as a co-creative person who not only thinks well but is also adept at stress-free management of their commitments

3. Learning & Unlearning

2 Weeks

About 4 hours  per week + one 90 minute interactive webinar

Goal: To introduce you to a collection of practical theories about action-oriented, self-directed learning. This knowledge will enable you to:

  • Assess your current skills through analysis of your story
  • Re-balance your experiential learning abilities through the design of appropriate experiences and projects
  • Understand that there is nothing quite so practical as a good theory

Happy_Cameroon_ladies4. Thinking About Worldviews

2 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + one 90 minute interactive webinar

Goal:  To introduce and explore the powerful notion that our worldviews are constructed and thus can be changed in ourselves and others. Learn to:

  • Analyze your own worldview ready to spot any dissonance or incongruous-ness
  • Consider the origin of your worldview; determine whether and how you need to shift it
  • Identify where your worldview agrees and disagrees with the worldview of others; agreement suggests better opportunity for collaboration
  • Bring the idea of worldviews and changing worldviews into the “big” conversations

tree planters5. Growing Resilient Communities

2 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + one 90 minute interactive webinar

Goal: To bring to your attention to a number of leading edge organizational design theories using the field of leadership as the entry point. This element will enable you to: –

  • Move beyond absolute prescriptions for group and organizational designs and learn to appreciate designs that are adapted to the people involved, the work to be done and the technologies on hand
  • Find and apply transformational processes to networks and organizations seeking to develop new capacities for working with collective intelligences
  • Engage with the idea of associationism, an idea that enables a multitude of small enterprises and organizations to collaborate for coherence without losing autonomy

6. Project and Design Thinking

2 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + one 90 minute interactive webinar

Goal: To advance competent confidence in project design as a great precursor and ideal preparation for livelihood design. To this end we:

  • Explore design frameworks and methods used in permaculture and other design fields including logical frameworks and successive approximation methods
  • Layout permaculture design principles
  • Introduce the lean project design format and provide practice opportunities to ensure you cover all the necessary aspects of a project design

7. Tracking Your Learning Journey

2 Weeks

About 4 hours per week + one 90 minute interactive webinar

Goal:  Laying the foundations for creation of your learning journey portfolio using light and reliable techniques that don’t disrupt the flow of adventure.

  • Using digital documentation tools to record the raw data of your learning experiences.
  • Using predictive tracking to sense the close future and prepare to make the most of what’s coming into view.
  • Setting the scene for detailed reflection and analysis.
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Certificate in Auto-Ethnography and Learning Design

nala with closed eyes1. Life and Career Review Module

4 Weeks

6-10 hours per week + two 90 minute interactive webinars

Goal:  To use your stories, backed up with evidence, to harvest and celebrate your history of learning and unlearning to date

This 2-element module requires you to produce an Output Packet (OP 1a). Formally, the Output Packet is your evidence of Prior Experiential Learning. We invite you to use an auto-ethnographic approach, to which we introduce you in the readings for the element. Your progress through this module will be greatly aided by reference to the forum posts you have made in earlier elements.

action learning pathway2. Learning Intentions and Pathway Design

4 Weeks

6-10 hours per week + two 90 minute interactive webinars

Goal:  To bring a sense of deep purpose and focused planning to your coming year, be it personally or for your Gaia U program.

You will use this 2-element module to generate an Output Packet (OP 1b) in which you:

  • Develop flexible designs for your intended projects for now, soon and later
  • Identify mentors who will provide project support beyond that offered by Gaia U
  • Show how your projects will help develop your skill flexes including those to do with generating a livelihood

You return repeatedly to your LIPD for inspiration and reflection.

Enroll in the Certificate in Auto-Ethnography and Learning Design Program Now

Thinking of enrolling in a full program?

Both of the above Certificate programs are required for graduation, and we provide significant savings for those who enroll in a Diploma or Degree from the beginning.

Click here to see our externally accredited Degree and Diploma programs.