Five Free Online Social Media And Public Relations Courses

Education Portal (via Lifehacker) recently featured a list of Universities offering free online university courses.

Digging through the list, there are woefully few courses on PR and social media.

However, I’ve picked out a few specific courses that PR and social media folks may want to check out:

Social Media

  1. New Media Literacies (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    On the surface, this course looks at literacy theory in media contexts.

    In practice, this is a great introduction to new media tools (including podcasting, blogging, wikis and more), complete with comprehensive lecture notes and slides for reference.

  2. Stanford on iTunes U (Stanford University)

    Stanford University, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, has joined forces with iTunes U to provide access to Stanford courses, lectures, interviews and more, all in audio format.

    Head to the ‘Science and Technology’ section, then click ‘Technology’ in the centre panel, for lectures on Facebook (with Mark Zuckerberg), Google, podcasting and more.

Public Relations

  1. Marketing Communications As A Strategic Function (The Open University)

    This course emphasises the strategic importance of marketing communication, rather than seeing it as merely a tactical tool. This is essential if communications is to have a seat at the senior management table.

    Features complete course materials and useful references.

  2. Stanford on iTunes U (Stanford University)

    Stanford University, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, has joined forces with iTunes U to provide access to Stanford courses, lectures, interviews and more, all in audio format.

    Check out the ‘Communications and Media’ section:

    • Clicking ‘Media’ gives a series of lectures on the modern media, including ‘Public Life in a Wired World’
    • Clicking ‘Journalism’ gives a large series of classes, including ‘Journalism and the Internet’ and a look at whether newspapers can survive in the new world of journalism
  3. Communication Technology and Policy (University of Southern Queensland)

    This course looks at the diverse roles played by communication technologies in contemporary society, and in the regulations and policies that govern the use of these technologies. It includes a look at some of the challenges thrown up by the rise of digital communication, and the future of journalism and citizen journalists.

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Alive Communications

I wasn't very satisfied with my own education accomplishment ,but as i am working now, i don't have the time to take classes like normal student. So now i wish to take some courses online and hopefully will be able to gain better education accomplishment. The question is, which colleges provide a better course for Social Media And Public Relations Courses. I hoping to obtain associates degree with good Marketing Communications skill.

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Now a days online educations are the best options through some online educational research. I think this is the best way to achieve higher education and the individuals who want to go for the conventional modes of education.

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