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Decision Skills MOOC: Power Tools to Build Your Life

Learning about Decision Skills Online

The MOOC is no longer being delivered due to our MOOC host's change in format. We are currently developing a self-paced online class. If you would like to be notified when it becomes available, please sign up on our mailing list

“Say goodbye to your autopilot mode and hello to your Decision Quality mode...”                    

  • Are you aspiring to make better decisions?

  • Use our decision quality framework to make better decisions and overcome common mistakes.

  • Discover common decision traps and tools to combat them. Good decision-making is an essential life skill most people acquire only through trial and error.         

Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build Your Life

In this course you will:  

  • Learn the decision quality framework for improving your personal and life decisions

  • Discover common decision traps and tools to combat them

  • Apply the decision framework to a variety of situations to experience the value of making better decisions


Participants in similar courses have experienced increased awareness of decision opportunities and greater confidence in making decisions. Furthermore, improving your motivation and commitment in following through increases your chances of a successful outcome for your decisions.This course is designed for adults who work with youth: educators, mentors, counselors and parents. Teenagers will also find the material accessible and relevant to their lives and the choices they face. For this reason, parents and mentors can benefit from participating in the course along with a young person to gain a shared language for decision making. These advanced concepts have demonstrated value with individuals of all ages and we believe those who apply them will find they are of immediate value in improving their lives.The Decision Education Foundation (DEF) is dedicated to making decision skills accessible to young people and to bringing decision education into the mainstream. 



Expect to spend between 2-3 hours per week on the course over the six-week period.


Course Design

This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. While participants may work on their own, for a richer educational experience we recommend creating a team.


Course Content

  • Week 1: Take Charge and Improve Your Outcomes with Decision Skills

  • Week 2: Recognize and Avoid Decision Traps

  • Week 3: Define a Helpful Frame and Clarify Your Values

  • Week 4: Explore Creative Alternatives and Generate Useful Information

  • Week 5: Apply Sound Reasoning

  • Week 6: Commit and Follow Through
    MOOC Resources Page for more detail


Technical Requirements

You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and upload a variety of assignments including videos, slides, and text.


Statement of Accomplishment

Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.


Receiving Credit as a High School Student

A high school student may enroll in this course and, upon completing the coursework and an evaluation at the conclusion of the course, receive high school credit. The credit represents 20 hours of coursework, the equivalent of 0.25 credits. The granting of the credit costs $60 in administration and evaluation fees. For more information, contact us.


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