Introduction to Community Empowerment

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Overview of the course

Introduction to Community Empowerment is a facilitated online survey course that provides an overview of the Community Empowerment guidelines for mobilizers. The course will assist moblizers in planning and implementing community-based projects.

Introduction to Community Empowerment


Intended audience

This course is designed for

  • community leaders
  • community organizers - NGOs
  • volunteers
  • educators - community service learning requirement, example of an open online workshop

Course outcomes

  • understand the need for Community Empowerment to address social issues such as poverty
  • identify roles of mobilisers in empowering the community
  • adapt a proven structure methodology to many different situations
  • seek guidance and support for mobilising from the Community Empowerment Collective


Primary authors

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Dr. Phil Bartle, is a retired Sociology professor with extensive experience in community development. Phil is the visionary behind the Community Empowerment Collective Website on which these course materials are based.
Valerie Taylor is an instructor at DeAnza College, California and an elected member of the WikiEducator Community Council. Valerie is an experienced online facilitator, advocating technology supported learning and community service leadership.

Course description

  • facilitated online workshop - survey course, overview of Community Empowerment and the methodology for Mobilisers
  • important ideas - community empowerment, mobilisation, project identification, sustainability
  • process - steps and work to do
  • resources - what's available and how to use it
  • community - support for mobilisers by mobilisers
  • awareness - needs and opportunities for community empowerment

Course structure

The course is divided into two parts:

  • Part A: What the Community Needs to Do to Become Empowered
  • Part B: What You Need to do to Mobilise a Community

Introduction to Community Empowerment


Community Empowerment Node on WikiEducator

Expected Particulars

Course Notes

  • WikiEducator - wiki
  • blogs - create a blog, add your blog address to the participants list for inclusion in the comments and reviews
  • RSS feed - list of all the participants blogs for automated updates
RSS feed
  • Email news: daily updates from the facilitators with links to participants blogs and comments
  • Groups - Google
  • Discussion forum - Moodle
  • Web-meetings - live and recorded
  • 3-5 chunks - approx weekly
  • Reading: Reading List built into course structure
  • Thinking: prompt questions to guide
  • Discussion / sharing
  • Deliverable - plan, sample ?



(Comment.gif: Dear Phil, I have done a template on "HIV/AIDS treatment literacy", and as you have done this great course on "Community Empowerment" which is a related subject, I put a link to it in this template. I hope you do not disagree. You are welcome if you want to add content or comments on it. Warm wishes --Nadia Kharoua 12:25, 22 April 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: Dear Phil, I am very impressed with your page. You must have had prior exposure, or you are simply a natural (smile!). Warm regards, --Patricia 00:02, 27 January 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: I have been getting some help from Valerie, Randy and Wayne. I am more unnatural than natural. --Philbartle 20:54, 28 January 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: Phil and Valerie, thank you for all the work you are doing on community empowerment. It is very empowering. I am very proud to be a member of Wikieducator where there is incredible collaboration among educators. --Nellie Deutsch 05:01, 2 February 2009 (UTC))