Commonwealth of Learning offers online course: Communication for development (C4D): Why. How. Now.

    | January 27, 2014

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    The Commonwealth of Learning is offering a five-week online course on the nuts and bolts of effective communication for development. The course introduces learners to the principles and practices of C4D, focusing on how target communities can participate in efforts to address health and development issues, foster learning, and bring about positive social change.

    During the course, participants will learn to:

    • differentiate between top-down and bottom-up approaches to communication;
    • identify the benefits of a participatory, people-centred communication program for development based on C4D principles and practices;
    • self-assess organizational readiness for a C4D program;
    • create a checklist of dos and don’ts for a successful C4D program;
    • make an introductory presentation on C4D to their organization; and
    • identify the key elements of the topic/issue of interest to their organization for the second instalment of this program of study.

    Participants must be able to read and write English effectively. They must also have basic computer and online skills, including the ability to navigate the Internet, use word processing and presentation software, and download and install software.

    The deadline to apply for this course is January 31, 2014.

    The course will be held from February 16 to March 22, 2014. The time commitment for the course is 30 hours, with three hours of practical assignments. Fees for the online course are $105 US, payable in local currencies. Scholarships to cover all costs are available to citizens of any Commonwealth country, and are currently being processed.

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    This course is the first in a series of six distance training and mentoring courses.

    To learn more about this series, contact Ian Pringle at: