Social media have increased the ways in which information is created and shared. It has also changed the way we collaborate and share resources online.

In this course you will learn about:
  • the strategic value of Social Media
  • issues like privacy, intellectual property and access to social media
  • a wide range of social media tools and how you can use them for: increasing collaboration, creating content, tagging and social bookmarking, blogging and microblogging, creating and sharing images and videos, podcasting and setting up online radio

9 hours

Publication Date:

May 2013


Individuals and institutions working for sustainable development looking to social media in the development context as a means to connect geographically dispersed work teams, to strengthen coordination and knowledge sharing, and for creating opportunities for engagement, participation and skills sharing.


The course consists of 11 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 90 minutes duration, grouped into two units:

Unit 1 - Social Media for development
This unit illustrates the basic concepts related to Web 2.0, social media, social networking and user generated content and describes their strategic value for an organization.

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Web 2.0 and Social Media
Lesson 2 - Social Networking Sites and Communities
Lesson 3 - Privacy, Intellectual Property and Access to Social Media
Lesson 4 - Current Issues and New Ideas

Unit 2 – Social Media Tools and Services 
This unit illustrates a wide range of social media tools and describes how they can be used strategically to more effectively collaborate and exchange knowledge.

Lesson 1 - Group Productivity and Collaboration Tools
Lesson 2 - Technology Stewardship
Lesson 3 - Content Aggregation, Curation and Syndication
Lesson 4 - Tagging and Social Bookmarking
Lesson 5 - Blogging and Microblogging
Lesson 6 - Online Video and Image Sharing
Lesson 7 - Podcasting and Online Radio

Association for Progressive Communications Full Circle Associates International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Imark Project Sulá Batsú Cooperativa R.L.

This course is provided by FAO and as trainee you will have to accept the user agreement contained in that course.