e-Learning course on Social Media for Development

14 September to 13 November 2015

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the Fall session of “Innovative Collaboration for Development” (ICfD), an e-Learning course on social media for development. The English session of the course will be held from 14 September to 13 November 2015. The deadline for registration is Friday, 4 September 2015.

The course, which is the fruit of a partnership between UNITAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Information Management Resource Kit (IMark) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), aims to empower development professionals to recognize the potential of social media and to make innovative use of these tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work. ICfD gives participants the opportunity to use and analyse social media tools in light of their adaptability to specific workplace contexts, with hands-on activities throughout the course.
Learn more about the course and listen to past participants’ testimonials by watching this video: https://vimeo.com/117899956


Course Content

The course consists of six modules, for a total of about 75 learning hours, which are spread throughout 9 weeks.

  1. Introduction: Presentation of the course documentation and familiarization with the learning environment.
  2. Introduction to Social Media: Introduction to notions of Social Media Tools and reflection on their utilization to enhance the work in a development organization.
  3. Collaborating on the Internet: Introduction and utilization of social networking sites and other groupware tools.
  4. Contributing to the Internet: Introduction and use of tools such as blogs, microblogs, video and image sharing sites and podcasts.
  5. Aggregating Content on the Internet: Introduction and employment of social bookmarking sites and RSS Feed readers, and identification of their adaptability to specific contexts.
  6. Building your Toolkit: Developing a social media strategy for your own organisation by generating communication objectives, taking into account aspects such as the target audience and adequate tools for the message you wish to send.

Register now to the English session: https://www.unitar.org/event/innovative-collaboration-development-fall-2015

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