Introduction to Community Development

Introduction to Community Development

Are you a woman who is interested in developing your skills to work in your community?

Interested in developing and supporting services for the good of your area?

An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC’s) Introduction to Community Development course could be for you! We have a limited number of places available for women to join this course.

Funded by the City & Guilds Group, VCC is partnering with community groups in West Donegal, Letterkenny, Inishowen and Derry to bring higher education into communities via blended learning.

Starting 30th January 2018, Introduction to Community Development (ICD) is highly interactive and will be delivered through blended learning, with a mixture of face-to-face workshops and online, virtual classes.

ICD will lead to a QQI Level 6 (UK Level 4) Certificate in Introduction to Community Development (10 credits)

Want to find out more? Drop into an information session on the following dates:

  • Monday, 8th January – The Yard, Falcarragh, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Monday, 8th January – Congress Resource Centre, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, 3 – 5 pm
  • Tuesday, 9th January – The Women’s Centre, Derry, 30 – 2.30 pm
  • Tuesday, 9th JanuaryInishowen Development Partnership, Carndonagh, 30 –7.30pm

For more information, please contact Maria McHale, m.mchale@ancosanvcc.com, +353 (0)1-5341847, +353 (87) 229 8934 or any of the locations named above.

Run by An Cosán Virtual Community College, City & Guilds Group and Inishowen Development Partnership

DRAFT Timetable Jan – March

Session Date Venue Note:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent learning activities precede each weekly session.

 

Please log-in to Blackboard regularly to undertake those activities.

Induction Tuesday, 30 January 10am – 4pm  

 

Women’s Centre, Derry
1.         Tuesday 6th February 

9am-9:45am: Technology tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 1

    

Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
2.         Tuesday 13th February 

9am-9:45am: Office hour/tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 2 

 

VLE

3.         Tuesday 20th February  

9am-9:45am: Office hour/tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 3 

VLE

 

  Tuesday 27th February    

Workshop

 

TBC
4 Tuesday 6th March  

9am-9:45am: Office hour/tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 4

VLE
5. Tuesday 13th March

9am-9:45am: Office hour/tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 5

 

VLE

6 Tuesday 20th March  

9am-9:45am: Office hour/tutorial

10am-12.40 pm: Session 6

VLE

 

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