Registration now open for CSCCE Community Manager Certification Program
This September, join CSCCE’s Community Manager Certification Program! This is a first-of-its kind professional qualification for community managers in STEM – with core training in community-centric communications, developing community playbooks, and supporting communities of practice online and in-person. Additional programming will include opportunities to explore trust-building, culture change, and collaborative decision making; develop as a leader in this space; and share skills and expertise with members of the increasingly-recognized field of scientific community engagement.
The program is intended to further professionalize the role of the community manager in STEM – part of our core mission at CSCCE. Graduates from the program will be recognized on the CSCCE website, earn digital badges as they progress through the various training modules, and elevate their position as a CSCCE-certified community manager.
Registration JUST opened – and we will accept up to 25 participants in our first enrollment beginning on 21 September 2023. We are already anticipating a second enrollment, beginning in mid-March of 2024, which you can also sign up for now. To register, you must have completed Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (or be an alum of the Community Engagement Fellowship Program) before orientation begins.
While priority will be given to certification program participants, there may be opportunities to participate in individual components of the program, such as courses and mini-workshops, depending on scheduling (more details below). Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Also in this month’s newsletter:
Register for our Fall 2023 cohort of Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
Read more about our expanded catalog of training courses
Find out more about our upcoming series of Tools Trials, focusing on open-source platforms
Register for Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
This 8-week online training offers community managers of any experience level core frameworks and vocabulary for understanding, growing, and evolving their communities. Our Fall 2023 session will run on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12pm EDT / 4pm UTC, beginning Friday, 8 September and running until Friday, 27 October.
Participants in CSCCE’s Community Manager Certification Program will take three courses: CODE, PBK, and either NOC or CoP. They will also participate in mini-workshops and quarterly skills share sessions, and engage with the greater CSCCE Community of Practice in Slack. Find out more about the various components of the program below, and visit our FAQ page for answers to some frequently-asked questions.
Content Design (CODE)
Creating content that is understandable, actionable, and engaging is a core skill for any community manager. Whether you’re communicating with community members or external stakeholders, this course will help you create structured content and strategic engagement plans that meet your community building needs.
In this workshop-style course, you will create a playbook for your community with feedback from course instructors and community mentors. Each week you’ll address a particular aspect of building playbooks, investigating case studies and using CSCCE’s playbook framework to inform your work.
Communities of practice and social learning spaces are unique from other types of communities, and are often misunderstood and mismanaged. This course will address the dynamics of learning in a community context and how to support the creation of knowledge artifacts that capture those learnings for broader dissemination.
First piloted in 2020, this course takes a theoretical approach to building, moderating, and growing online communities. Learners will work together to creatively solve common challenges in managing communities in a range of virtual settings, and use ideas from the social sciences to inform their strategies.
We’ll be offering mini-workshops and quarterly skills share sessions on a regular basis throughout the program. These activities are designed to complement the three multi-week courses with shorter-form content and offer opportunities to build connections with members of your cohort and the community at large.
Investigating open-source community platforms – CSCCE Tools Trials return!
Starting in August, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we’ll be convening a series of Tools Trials to explore various community-focused open-source platforms (think Github, Jitsi, or Mastodon). And we’d love to hear from you if you would be interested in sharing your experience convening STEM communities using open-source tools, or if there are specific tools that you are interested in learning more about. Please email email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
New CSCCE tip sheet highlights 12 guiding questions to improve the accessibility of your next virtual event
In a new resource co-created with community members Rebecca Carpenter, Sara Kobillka, Casey Wright, Yanina Bellini Saibene, and Hao Ye, we offer 12 guiding questions to help you think about the ways that you could improve the accessibility of your community events.
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