My VCU colleague Jeff South and I had the opportunity again this summer to teach a social media class with VCU and Iraqi students. Together with VCU’s Global Education Office we received a $200,000 grant by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the U.S. State Department to run a Social Media Institute for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program.
Over a four-week period, the 41 students planned and implemented social media strategies for nine nonprofit organizations in Richmond. In addition, the Iraqi students developed social media strategies to be implemented in Iraq after their return home.
Please read summaries of all the lectures from us and our guest speakers as well as all of our resources on the class website. Also read the Iraqi students’ blog posts as well as reports about the program on our media page.
The program concluded on July 28 with a competitive “Social Media Showdown” at which all student teams had to showcase their social media campaigns in five minute presentations. At the end, the attendees voted with their cell phones to determine the winners of the Social Media Institute.
After 2010 and this year, we are hoping to receive another grant to carry out this exciting social media program again in 2012.