Online learning platform breaks the record: anti-corruption course gained unprecedented popularity

Jan 26, 2018

Photo credit: Tetyana Kononenko / UNDP in Ukraine

A Conflict of Interest: Need to Know! online course, hosted on the Prometheus e-learning platform, set a world record. An unprecedented 39% of users have successfully completed the online course, which was launched on 9 December 2017 to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.

World statistics of completing massive open online courses, such as Harvard’s or Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, demonstrate the average successful completion rate of 5-7%. The unprecedented success of the Ukrainian online course indicates a high interest to the issue of preventing corruption in Ukrainian society.

This online course was launched to improve public officials’ effectiveness of identifying, preventing, and resolving conflicts of interest. It targets most subjects to the Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption," including President of Ukraine, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Prime Minister of Ukraine, ministers, members of parliament, civil servants, local self-government officials, officials of legal entities of public law, and even potential whistle-blowers.

Almost 13,000 users have already taken the course, and the number of interested people continues to grow. The participants of the course are very active on the forum, asking various questions, says Prometheus director Victoria Prymachenko. According to Ihor Stepanov, the course moderator, he has received 400 replies from the participants after the first week of the course, and 200 students have sent open questions on conflict of interests prevention.

"I’m impressed with the quality of this course. These days, we often come across the conflict of interest situations in Ukraine so this issue is of great importance now. The course gives a clear understanding how we can apply the regulations of the Law of Ukraine “On Corruption Prevention,” writes Tanya, a user of the online course.

The average age of the course’s users is 37, over 84% of learners have at least a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. Women outnumber the online course’s users - 62% took the course and 68% received certificates.

The course was launched under the Conflict of Interest: Need to Know! campaign of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) in partnership with UNDP. To build on the last year’s success, this year NACP carried out training sessions on conflicts of interest legislation for over 5,000 civil servants, including local government officials, local council members, village, town, and city mayors, officials of legal entities of public law, and government anti-corruption focal points in 23 cities. Based on the guidelines on conflict of interest prevention and regulation, developed with UNDP support, NACP equipped participants with practical tools for improving the effectiveness of identifying, preventing, and resolving conflicts of interest.

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