Community Radio & Digital Skills Course

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Hello Everyone

Welcome to Community Radio and Digital Skills Course. This video tutorial will explain a little about the project before moving onto how to navigate an overview of the learning and the course content.

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After you complete and finish each section please go the “Lets Talk! Your Opinions Are Important!” Section at the beginning of the course. This is the space we will use as our shared learning space to reflect on our learning, to share our learning with others and to re-learn from others. In order to achieve your digital badge certification, you must engage in this section and leave a total of 3 to 5 posts in any of the discussion threads.

Everyone is learning at a different pace, and as facilitators, we try to let you as the group direct us in facilitating your learning needs, so do not worry if you see course content that we have not covered as it will be covered at some point.

Course Delivery

We use a blended learning approach in the delivery of this course. Blended learning allows for a combination of face to face workshops and online learning supports and online activities. We are flexible in terms of how we deliver the course content and will try our best to facilitate your own personal learning needs and the needs of the group. This course is approximately 22 hours of contact time.

COVID-19 Modifications- The delivery of this course has been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This training now has a stronger focus on online learning spaces and how we use them pre and post COVID-19. This means we will be running workshops online using a variety of digital tools to enhance the digital learning experience. We hope you participate and enjoy these new online workshop sessions we are planning for our new online learning space. An online learning space is also known as a VLE (virtual learning environment).

Course Description

As the world moves from a post industrious economy to a digital economy, we are seeing rapid changes in how we live, learn and communicate with each other. New skills are needed to live and work in this new knowledge-based economy. We have tailored this course to reflect on these skills as tools for living in a digital world. These skills are deeply rooted in problem-solving and teamwork. These skills are called 21st-century skills. The following skills are at the core of this learning process.




While we progress into our learning journeys, one of the end goals of the project is to broadcast the content you have created through a network of community radio stations. We have multiple broadcasting partners in Europe who have partnered with us to broadcast your content. There will also be online broadcasts using various social media sites. This element of the project will be an online festival called “Community Radio Refugee Awareness Week 2020. The idea behind this is that we can capture snapshots of experiences, ideas, and creativity across Europe and share them with online and community radio station audiences and generally raise awareness of these issues through experiences and storytelling. The date has changed a number of times, and with COVID-19, it is difficult to say when the Online Festival can be launched, but we are aiming for December 2020 to coincide with International Human Rights Day 10th December. We are aiming for Community Radio Refugee Awareness Week 2021 to coincide with World Refugee Week in June 2021.

Learning Outcomes

As you engage with the workshops and online learning, at the end of the course you will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

You will have an understanding of the ethos of community radio broadcasting and community media.

You will broaden their theoretical and critical understandings of developing digital literacy(s) and 21st Century Skills.

You will become familiar with a broad range of audio recording and digital editing (written/or audio).

You will develop and create a digital artefact (audio documentary) using critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative skills.

You will learn about the benefits of working in groups.

You will learn a new set of transferable digital skills that are practical and recognisable in Europe as valid and needed for an ever-growing digital economy.

You will develop a broad understanding of the open-source movement and the creative commons.


Our time spent in the Jungle Camp in Calais, France has given us insight into some of the issues that arise for Refugee/Asylum/Migrant Communities when attempting to access education. We are aware of how mainstream media portrays  Refugee/Asylum and Migrant communities in a negative fashion. These experiences directly inform how we develop our practice of facilitation. All our facilitators are police vetted and come from activist, community journalism and youth & community working backgrounds.

Facilitators include

Bairbre Flood (Audio Producer & Activist)

Bairbre Flood is a writer and journalist who has produced several radio documentaries for national and community radio stations. Her podcast series, ‘Short Talks’ focuses on migration stories, and she has written for Metro, Headstuff and Broadsheet. Her latest documentary about Moria refugee camp, ‘Against The Wire’ is funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, and is due for broadcast later this year on Newstalk. (

Eanna Dowling (Youth & Community)

Éanna Dowling is a radio broadcaster and documentary maker. Mostly he covers arts and social issues. Prior to working in radio he worked in the community sector, and for environmental NGOs. He produces The Global Hub, a monthly show that explores social justice at home and abroad, for which he has a CRAOL award. He’s produced two BAI funded documentaries 10:10, the story of Claycastle Recording Studio in 10 songs; and What’s the Ska? about Ireland’s ska music scene. In addition he produced Roads, Testimonies from Ireland’s Institutions, an unfunded documentary that told the stories of former residents in Mother and Baby homes, laundries and industrial schools. Éanna broadcasts regularly on Community Radio Youghal where he presents the weekly arts show ArteFact, and is a member of the current affairs team, contributing to news content and the weekly news review show In Focus. He delivers radio skills training and brings story-telling and technical expertise to his audio work.

Kathy O’ Hare (Youth & Community)

Kathy’s work is found located between community work, research and activism. Her work is underpinned by the following education theories Critical Digital  Pedagogy and Emancipatory Pedagogy. My research focus is on digital spaces, digital access and digital education with a focus on working with Refugee/Asylum/Migrant communities. Kathy is a youth and community worker, community radio documentary maker and a student for life. You can view her work here



Digital Badge Awards

On completion of your course, you will be awarded a digital badge from University College Cork for Communication and Digital Skills. Please see the  “Digital Badges” section to apply for your award Your facilitators will help you to complete the application process.