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Virtual Course on (e)Participation, hosted by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

2. August 2010 – 23:16 by Asociacion Ciudades Kyosei / Pedro Prieto-Martin

[Once again, this post is specially aimed at people that are able to read in Spanish]

The logooui Asociación Ciudades Kyosei, in collaboration with the Inter-American Training Network on e-Government (which belongs to the prestigious Inter-American Organization for Higher Education), will soon host a virtual course titled “Citizen Participation and ICT: an experience of critical immersion in 21st Century’s Citizen Participation”.

The course materials are written in Spanish, which will be the main language of instruction too; however, student’s contributions in English and Portuguese will also be fully welcomed.

The course is aimed at public sector’s technical staff, politicians, elected representatives, academics and members of civil society organizations whose work is linked with the design, implementation or execution of eParticipation/Participation projects and programs, or which have a special interested in Civic Participation and the possibilities offered by new communication technologies to strengthen it.

course screen-shotBy combining students with different professional backgrounds and geographical extractions, we intend to create groups that provide a rich and varied environment for learning.

Participants will thus not only acquire a solid and irreverent understanding of (e)Participation, but will also have the opportunity to reflect and exchange perspectives and experiences with people from different countries and cultures.

As part of the course practical assignments, they will also contribute to the collaborative design of the Kyosei-Polis system, a municipal  (e)Participation environment that our Association is planning to build after the course.

The tutoring team is integrated by Pedro Prieto-Martín (Spain), Mariángela Petrizzo (Venezuela) and Antonio Alberto Teixeira (CE, Brazil).

screen-shot - Matrix of participationIf you need any further information, you can consult the Course fact sheet (pdf, 5 pgs.) or even the Student Guide (pdf, 15 pgs.), which contains all relevant infos including detailed information about the course’s syllabus.

You can also write us with your questions at info@ckyosei.org.

The course will take place between the 13. of September and the 31. of October, lasting 7 weeks. The enrollment -which costs 150 US$- can be performed at the following registration page.

PS: I’ve been informed that 10 partial scholarships will be granted, where it is required (participation would thus cost just 75 US$). The form to apply for the scholarship is available here.


  1. 3 Responses to “Virtual Course on (e)Participation, hosted by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education”

  2. By Tim Bonnemann on Aug 3, 2010

    Muy interesante! ;-)

  3. By Asociacion Ciudades Kyosei / Pedro Prieto-Martin on Mar 13, 2011

    “College of the Americas” and “Asociación Ciudades Kyosei” offer a virtual course on Public Participation and (e)Participation

    After a successful completion of the first edition of the course during the last summer (see evaluations below), the Interamerican Network on eGovernment (RIF-GE) is offering a new edition of its virtual course on “Public Participation and digital media”.

    The course will take place between the 2nd of May and the 24th of June (8 weeks). Most of the course participants will surely come from Latin-American countries. But as long as you are able to read Spanish… you’ll be able to use English or Portuguese for your assignments and your participation in the fora.

    More information and registration in the web of COLAM:

    Some of the evaluation comments from students of the course’s 1st edition:

    - “Personally I loved the course because it gave us practical and theoretical elements and split my vision of public participation in two: before, and after the course. I believe that before the course, I had an overly linear and institutional idea of public participation. After the course I understand that public participation is fluid and must be promoted in all environments. The resources of the course , the qualified participation of the course peers, the exercises we did… I really thrived on all activities.”
    - “This course really exceeded my expectations and I’m not, at the moment, prepared for some of the challenges proposed in it. I am, however, more than satisfied: I saw a big door get open… and I will go inside.”
    - “Excellent course content. Excellent tutor engagement. I think the way materials are presented is very good, as well as the diversity of resources and the originality of the teaching contents. An extraordinary course.”
    - “I think the teaching dynamics created by the tutors have been one of the best I have experienced in my life. The course has been developed for the web and considers several online tools for learning. The videos are simple and spectacular.”
    - “The teaching materials that are provided have, on my view, an excellent level, because of their deep insights and their diversity. The most valuable insight I take away from the course is the recognition of the potentials of citizen involvement, and the awareness that one shouldn’t underestimate the difficulties to achieve it. I have now a good theoretical and practical treasure, which I will tap into in the near future, to get the most of it.”
    - “There is much to develop yet, but I started the course with beautiful and utopian ideas [on public partipation] and leave the course with stories, practices, tools, theoretical base… in short, much more than I had, and with a deeper and more critical understanding of the fundamental importance of reactivating the civil society and promoting citizen involvement in the democratic process.”

    Interested? You can find detailed information, as well as have access to the course materials at the web of the Asociación Ciudades Kyosei: https://www.ckyosei.org

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