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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
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Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Change ManagementAppreciative InquiryPositive PsychologyFacilitation
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

What is Appreciative Inquiry & Why do I care?

Week One defines what Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is and frames it among the growing trend of “strength-based” approaches to human development and organization change. This strength-based perspective is viewed in contrast with deficit-based change which is reportedly successful less than 30% of the time. The unintended consequences of deficit or problem-based change approaches are discussed in contrast with the focus on using strengths to create shared positive images of future possibilities that underlies the AI theory and method....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Watch: What is Appreciative Inquiry8m
Watch: Strength-based and Artful Search8m
Watch: Why is AI Important Today?10m
Watch: Unintended Consequences of Deficit Discourse13m
Reading2 readings
Read: Navigating the Course10m
Course Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test for Understanding: Quiz 18m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 2

Week Two underscores the “power of the positive question” and story-telling as effective ways to engage stakeholders in change efforts. Participants in the course are guided to conduct an “appreciative interview” in order to experience the impact of “best past” questions and sharing stories that evidence strengths in action. The fatefulness of the questions leaders ask is demonstrated as a foundational principle in AI....
Reading
4 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Watch: The Unconditional Positive Question12m
Watch:Getting a Taste of AI11m
Watch:The Discovery Interview6m
Reading1 reading
Read: Required Readings10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflection: PLA #12m
Reflection: PLA #22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 3

Week Three introduces the AI change method in the form of the “4-D” Cycle. The Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny phases are described and we see a video example of an appreciative leader reconnecting his organization with their core strengths. This is the outcome of the Discovery Phase and sets the foundation for having multiple stakeholders or team members “dream” or imagine new, positive possibilities for the future. The ability to begin change with a discovery of past strengths in action – or emphasizing stability-in-change - is discussed as a key skill of appreciative leaders....
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Watch: The 4D Process10m
Watch: Positive Change begins by re-connecting people to their Positive Core10m
Watch: Naval Appreciative Inquiry Summit3m
Watch:Watch: Positive Change begins by re-connecting people to their Positive Core Part 26m
Reading1 reading
Read: Supplemental Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Apply Your Skills: Reconnect to the Positive Core ALA Step 22m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Week 4

Week Four explores the foundational principles of AI and some of the supporting research and literature that demonstrate the power of positive questions, the relationship between positive future images and our actions, and the importance of positive emotions. These findings converge in a strong implication for leaders that they need to create work spaces that emphasize a 4:1 or greater imbalance of positive imagery over negative or deficit imagery in daily interactions and conversations. The link to the one of the core foundational principles that “words create worlds” is demonstrated....
Reading
4 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Watch: Rethinking How and Why Human Systems Change Part 211m
Watch: Positive Image > Positive Action9m
Watch: Positive Image > Positive Action Part 25m
Reading2 readings
Read: Required Readings10m
Read: Supplemental Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Reflection: PLA #32m
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Top Reviews

By SDNov 7th 2018

Really enjoyed this course, it was a great learning opportunity and I look forward to continuing to put the things I learned into real world practice. The concepts taught have real po

By KBSep 2nd 2017

Great learning from Ron Fry, who created Appreciative Inquiry along with Cooperider. Course goes into right level of depth. Highly recommend!

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Ronald Fry

Professor
Organizational Behavior

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a leading national research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. Through its seven schools and college, Case Western Reserve offers top-10 programs in health law, organizational behavior and social work and top-25 programs in biomedical engineering, international law, medicine and nursing. More than 4,000 undergraduate and nearly 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled at CWRU, representing all 50 states and more than 90 countries....

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In this specialization you will learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress and renew your body and mind by building better relationships and positive approaches to leadership. You will learn the power of asking questions to become a more inclusive and self-confident leader, and how to effectively coach others toward sustained, desired change, learning or increased motivation in life and work....
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