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Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics

Sponsored by eXtension (Enhancing Rural Capacity and Entrepreneurs and Their Communities) and USDA's Regional Rural Development Centers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM - Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM (EST)

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics

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Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, provides an introduction to the seven core competencies that focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues, the dynamics and interdependencies of the various segments of the community, and the basics of community development work. Open to all individuals working in a community context this course is offered as an entry level course in community development. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the North Central program leaders implemented Level One using distance education technology in Fall 2005. Beginning with the Fall 2009 training, the program became a national effort, offered jointly by all four Regional Rural Development Centers as a professional development opportunity for Extension professionals who work in a community context.

Dates and Topics (Note: The class dates are firm but the exact order of the topics is subject to change)

  • January 15, 2015 - Introduction to Community
  • January 22, 2015 - Community Demographics
  • January 29, 2015 - Community Situational Analysis
  • February 5, 2015 - Community Economics
  • February 12, 2015 - Mapping Community Assets
  • February 19, 2015- Community Power Dynamics
  • February 26, 2015 - Community Development Process


About this Training

This course makes use of the latest in distance learning technology. The class consists of seven, 90-minute presentations and discussion on fundamental community development topics. Supplemental resources will be located within the training archives.

Presentations will be delivered using both Blackboard Collaborate, an interactive learning platform, and Moodle, a system that facilitates the development and delivery of online courses. The Moodle - Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment - site will host a threaded discussion that provides participants the opportunity to share experiences, get to know each other, ask the presenters additional questions, and engage in deeper conversation.

In order to maximize your learning experience, you should have access to a computer with an Internet connection (preferably a high-speed connection that does not rely on a wireless connection). All audio will be provided via a teleconference bridge so access to a telephone is also recommended.

The week prior to the start of the course, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to access both the Blackboard Collaborate classroom and the Moodle website.

If you are planning to take the class as part of a group, you can share a connection for the weekly presentations, but you will need a way to project your computer screen and speakers to enhance the sound.

If you have any questions about this course or would like to discuss connection options, contact the course facilitator(s) below:



Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM - Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM (EST)

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Sponsored by eXtension (Enhancing Rural Capacity and Entrepreneurs and Their Communities) and USDA's Regional Rural Development Centers.

eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is a critical part of the Cooperative Extension System and an educational partner with 75 land-grant universities in the United States.

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Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Mary Peabody at [ ] by December 15, 2014.

University of Vermont Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

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