The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) has been developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in partnership with other agencies and institutions with the common goal of strengthening information management and exchange in agencies, institutions and networks world-wide, allowing them to work together more effectively.
IMARK comprises of a series of e-learning modules and the 6th one being “Web 2.0 and Social Media for Development”. This course provides an overview of the basic concepts behind Web 2.0, social media, user generated content and social networking.
Structure & Workload
The total curriculum consists of 11 lessons, grouped into two units:
(i) SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DEVELOPMENT
Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Web 2.0 and Social Media
Lesson 1.2: Social Networking Sites and Communities
Lesson 1.3: Privacy, Intellectual Property and access to Social media
Lesson 1.4: Current Issues and New Ideas
(ii) SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS AND SERVICES
Lesson 2.1: Group Productivity and Collaboration Tools
Lesson 2.2: Hosted Services
Lesson 2.3: Subscriptions, Feeds and Syndication
Lesson 2.4: Tagging and Social Bookmarking
Lesson 2.5: Blogging and Microblogging
Lesson 2.6: Online Video and Image Sharing
Lesson 2.7: Podcasting and Online Radio
Each lesson achieves a specific set of learning objectives, using interactive step-by-step instructions and exercises which help reinforce what is being taught.
The course curriculum was designed and developed by experts and institutions from an internationally widespread community. The main contributors and authors are from the following Organizations:
- Association for ProgressiveCommunications (APC)
- Food and AgricultureOrganization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Full Circle Associates
- International DevelopmentResearch Centre (IDRC)
- Sulá Batsú