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Introduction to Community Development

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Introduction to Community Development is the first in a series of free online courses that will introduce you to the concept of community development, what you need to do to get a community group started and how to organise a community group to take action. Using community health as a springboard for understanding community development, you will learn about the values, concepts and practices commonly found in the community development sector. You will learn how to define the community and its characteristics, and identify an issue to be actioned within the community. You will look at the various roles within a community group and the strategies it can use to further its objectives. You will learn about creating a team that can identify issues within the community group, from ensuring inclusive participation to dealing with conflict within the group. You will also learn about the practical aspects of governance, liability and structure of the community group. You will learn about tools that can be used to analyse the community, such as community asset mapping and the community characteristic checklist. You will also get an overview of the types of collaboration that may be possible with other organisations found in the community development sector. This course will be of great interest to professionals or volunteers working in community development and with community organisations. It will also be of interest to learners who would like to know more about community development and its role in changing and improving local communities.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:
    - Define community development values, concepts and practices;
    - Explain community asset mapping;
    - Identify community development strategies and features;
    - List success factors in community partnerships and collaborations;
    - Discuss the five common stages of group development;
    - List the characteristics of an effective team;
    - Explain the stages of strategic planning and analysis;
    - Explain what governance is and what the key areas to be monitored.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Introduction to Community Development
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours

  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 4 )
  • INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Introduction to Community Development Course Resource Documents View Resource
  • Module
    1
    Community Development Strategies
    • In this module you will learn how to define the community and its characteristics, and identify an issue to be actioned within the community. You will look at the various roles within a community group and the strategies it can use to further its objectives.
    • Learning outcomes
    • What is community development
    • Process Strategies and Roles
    • Community Development Roles
    • Community Collaboration
    • Working Effectively Across Different Organizational Cultures
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Community Development - Getting Started
    • You will learn about tools that can be used to analyse the community such as community asset mapping and the community characteristic checklist. You will also get an overview of the types of collaboration that may be possible with other organisations found in the community development sector.
    • Learning outcomes
    • Getting To Know Your Community
    • Assessing Your Community
    • Using Criteria and Processes to Set Priorities
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Community Development - Getting Organized
    • In this module you will learn about creating a team that can identify issues within the community group from ensuring inclusive participation to navigation conflict as well as the practical aspects of governance, liability and structure of the community group.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Building the Team
    • Effective Meetings
    • Planning for Change
    • Governance - Part 1
    • Governance - Part 2
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 4: Introduction to Community Development Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Introduction to Community Development Assessment
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