Jointly developed by UNITAR and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Innovative Collaboration for Development (ICfD) is an interactive tutor-facilitated e-learning course on social media tools. The primary courseware is based on the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) - "Web 2.0 and Social Media for Development".
The overall goal of the course is to empower development professionals to recognize the potential of social media and to make innovative use of these tools to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and reach of their work.
Participants will be able to recognize the role of social media in changing the way that information is created, organized, shared and accessed. They will have opportunities to use some popular social media tools, analyze their utility, identify their adaptability to specific contexts at the workplace and compare the utility of various applications after analyzing the context of usage.
CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY
The course is composed of six modules that present social media concepts and tools.
2. Introduction to Social Media
3. Collaborating on the Internet
4. Contributing to the Internet
5. Aggregating Content on the Internet
6. Building your Toolkit
The primary courseware introduces participants to social media concepts and tools while the secondary and tertiary courseware guide participants to practically work through a series of tasks, which allow them to explore content through various media such as interactive lessons, thought-provoking videos and tutorials for applications.
Participants are required to utilize social media tools in a context that simulates their work environment. The course has a strong collaborative nature, including activities such as peer-reviews and discussion groups to facilitate learning. An online tutor guides participants through their learning experience, including facilitating collaborative work and knowledge exchange throughout the course.
The course is targeted to development professionals interested in finding inexpensive solutions for knowledge sharing, networking, and managing projects by utilizing Social Media tools in their working environment.
As this course is a highly practical hands-on experience, it will require a reliable internet connection throughout its duration. Access to internet is an essential condition for participation. See full list of requirements.
The ICfD course has been awarded the 2011 international Open ECBCheck Standards.