Certificate in Community Media

About the Certificate in Community Media

The Program Teaching/Learning Methodology

The Certificate Program does not require any attendance at a campus or centre. To accommodate working professionals, it uses what is termed an 'asynchronous' delivery method, i.e., one in which participants have total control over exactly when they do their learning. At the core of this asynchronous delivery there is a learning resource package, available on the course website, comprising course content and learning activities, links to online resources, etc. Students also interact online with Coordinators, Tutors and other participants so as to facilitate social and interactive learning.

To enable you to interact with the materials, Coordinators, Tutors and other participants, you will need access to a computer and to the Internet. Further details of the equipment and connectivity requirements are given below.


The Program Content

The Program comprises two (2) courses:

Community Media Part 1: Introduction
(September - December, 2007)

Week 1: Introduction to Online Learning
Week 2: What is Community Media
Week 3: The Journey to Community Radio
Week 4 & 5: ICT's for Development
Week 6: Edutainment and Community Development
Week 7 & 8: Popular Theatre as a Programming Tool
Week 9 & 10: Creating a Community Newsletter
Weeks 11 & 12: Assignment

Community Media Part 2: Radio
(January - April, 2008)

Week 1: Radio Scriptwriting
Week 2: Radio Interviewing
Week 3 & 4: Radio Editing
Week 5:Writing News
Week 6: Introduction to Radio Formats
Week 7 & 8: Programming for Special Interest Groups
Week 9: Community Radio in a Hurricane
Week 10: Marketing Community Radio



A system of continuous asssesment is used to ensure that participants achieve the objectives of the Program. Each course incorporates activities/exercises designed to assess your knowledge of the content, but also to be applicable to your role in facilitating communication information/knowledge for development in the region. Assessment is based on the different activities and on participation in the forums and debates opened during the delivery of each course. At the end of instruction one final culminating task will be assigned.


What you need for the Course

  • A computer with CD-Rom drive;

  • Access to the Internet, preferably with a connection speed of greater than 56 kbps;

  • A full-featured browser, e.g, Netscape Navigator version 4.5x or higher, or Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher;

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader;

  • Anti-virus software;

  • An email account;

and most importantly ....

  • A commitment to spend at least 8 hours per week on work and related interaction for each course undertaken.


A joint initiative by:
Caribbean Institute of Media and
Communication (CARIMAC)
The University of the West Indies
Distance Education Centre