The IMARK Steering Group announces the release of the newest Information Management Resource Kit e-learning module Building Electronic Communities and Networks. The module is designed to help users develop the strategic, interpersonal and technical skills required to establish and sustain electronic communities. This module provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities offered by online communities for facilitating knowledge and information exchange.
“This latest e-learning offering in the IMARK suite supports the sharing of knowledge through the creation of electronic communities, and will be used in developing FAO as a Knowledge Organization.”, said Anton Mangstl, Director of FAO’s Library and Documentation Systems Division. “The module will enable users to establish, diversify and strengthen knowledge networks, and offers a range of solutions for developing electronic communities in areas of the world with limited access to information and communication resources.”
It is envisioned that the module will benefit people in a wide range of jobs. The module provides learners with guidelines for the design of an online community or network; and the criteria for selecting appropriate online tools. The coursework amounts to five units subdivided into a total of 29 lessons, ranging from approximately 15 to 90 minutes duration, for a total of up to 25 hours of self-paced instruction. Specific course features include the ability to design a personalized learning path distinctive of all IMARK modules; a built-in glossary; facilitation guides and additional tools and applications. All IMARK modules are available online, and on CD.
The module was developed by FAO and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). A wide range of experts and institutions contributed to the development of the module.
This, and all IMARK modules, are available at no-cost either through the IMARK website www.imarkgroup.org or on CD-ROM upon request. Learners are encouraged to register and select a course.
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