Social Media and Local Government in the COVID Age

  • Online delivery
  • eClass

Learn about strate­gic approach­es to social media use and under­stand its role and impor­tance dur­ing this cur­rent health cri­sis and in every­day work­ings of local author­i­ty. Be intro­duced to social media best prac­tices for how to engage with com­mu­ni­ties, min­i­mize risk, help cit­i­zens to feel more con­nect­ed to munic­i­pal lead­ers, com­bat social iso­la­tion, and encour­age cit­i­zens to invest in their com­mu­ni­ties. Oth­er top­ics include the neg­a­tive effects of social media mis­use or overuse, munic­i­pal deci­sions appro­pri­ate to share, and respon­si­bil­i­ty for social media accounts at the munic­i­pal­i­ty level.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Weekday daytime (Mon, Tue)
Aug 24, 2020Aug 25, 2020

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


9:00 am – 4:00 pm






Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until August 24, 2020. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and October.

  • 1 scheduled
  • Online delivery

Summer & Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Summer & Fall terms.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Summer/Fall.