ASPIRE: Workshop An Introduction to Social Media

Ref: C3125255

This course will introduce you to the various realms of social media, how to use them for networking, business development, having fun and staying safe online.

Course aim

To introduce participants to the benefits and uses of social media, particularly when promoting your art and business, how to have fun and when to be cautious.

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone but primarily aimed at beginners and those who are keen to find out more.

What topics will this course cover

On this course, students will start with the basics including where to discover information and how to upload content. We will talk through the range of sites available and test out which ones are right for you. There will be discussions on how to make your account busy and productive as well as finding out how to connect with friends and family, how to network and boost your business. Artists will be able to find out how to protect their content and how to promote themselves. We will also advise you on how to stay safe online and protect your privacy. This is a non judgemental group and we can confront any concerns you might have about you or your family using social media.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1.Students will be able to name several social media sites 2.Will be able to understand some ground rules about staying safer online 3.Find creative ways to promote your business 4.Understand the benefits of networking 5.Be aware of the various types of content to upload

How will I know I'm making progress?

This is a short course and there will be the opportunity to ask questions and access summarising feedback across the two hours.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Participants can bring along laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras or ipads but if you do not have one there will be equipment available. Please do bring along a notepad. If you are an artist or business, please do bring along examples of your work including business cards etc.

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What could the course lead to?

Business development or the opportunity to discover further WEA Courses

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ASPIRE: Workshop An Introduction to Social Media Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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