COERS – Development Site -Hosted on Open Learn Create (Live from December 2018)
The Collaborative open Educational resources site shares and promotes innovative inter-professional practice to support assets based approaches to working with communities. The site currently hosts five COERS which are part of a Master’s Degree programme in “Interprofessional Ways of Working and Assets Based Approaches to Community Development”. The five COERS are: (1) Identity and Inter-professional Working; (2) Theory and Praxis; (3) Understanding Content; (4) Partnership and Networking; (5) Leadership and Management.
Identity and Inter-professional Working
This resource is to help you think about identity in relation to your personal, family and your community and how different aspects of your identity relate to your professional identity and your professional practice. This resource can be done as a standalone activity or you can use it to contribute to your study of the module ‘Professional Identities and inter-professional working’ if you wish to get accreditation.
Theory and Praxis
Working through the steps in this resource you will familiarise yourself with concepts of shared expertise in the context of assets based approach. You will be provided with examples from the Finnish youth work context. Learning from these will help you to find ways to help young people in your community to recognise their assets in equal dialogue with professionals.
The purpose of this collaborative resource is to introduce learners to context analysis methodologies consistent with an assets based approach, through the practical experimentation of a mapping tool built in collaboration with Italian stakeholders working with adolescents. It is important to identify the resources that a context has to offer and that these assets are used and exchanged: the tool allows to share knowledge on the resources available in the context and on community assets by displaying them visually in a schematic and simple way.
In the first part, you will find a Prezi Presentation that introduces you to the concept of “context” (see “Understanding context: a look to the theory”), its levels and methods of analysis. This will allow you to deepen your basic knowledge of context analysis according to an asset based approach.
In the second part, we will provide the description of a case study from Forlì in Italy: the Dreamcatcher (“Acchiappasogni”) Project. Through the excerpts of the interviews conducted with the operators we will introduce you to the Maps of Dreamcatcher project that we developed with operators. Then you will be introduced to “Mapping the Context Tool”, a Prezi Presentation that describes a context analysis methodology based on the good practice developed by Dreamcatcher operators to facilitate the collaboration with the Adolescence Network of Forlì. Such methodology helps operators to analyze the context where they work in order to identify the opportunities and resources it offers and to collaborate for the shared goal of improving adolescents’ well being. A series of stimulus questions will help you to reflect on your learning journey and on the usefulness of the context analysis methodology that we have proposed. In the Prezi Presentation, you will find some guidelines that will allow you to put into practice step by step the proposed tool with the aim of analyzing and creating a map of Come Out Project, the other Italian stakeholder, and then of your own context (project, intervention, etc.).
Partnership and Networking
The purpose of this collaborative educational resource is to share and promote innovative assets based practice between professionals and practitioners. This resource seeks to provide you with the ability to reflect upon important aspects of partnership and networking in your organisation. This should help you identify existing strengths in your organisation and also point to new beneficial partnerships. The overall purpose is to provide you with an understanding of how social capital supports sustainable partnerships and community development.
Leadership and Management
This resource is designed to help familiarise you with group dynamic which can occur when managing and leading teams that are established within Asset-Based Approaches (ABA). Managing teams that are usually comprised of a diverse set of members can be challenging, and therefore some skills, practice, and energy are needed to properly and effectively run such a team. While multiversity can provide effective ideas and ways to tackle a broad array of changes it can also present an organisational challenge. This resource can be taken as a standalone activity or you can use it to contribute to your study of the module. This module can be combined with the other modules on Partnership and Networking or Self-Concept and Identity.
COERs Course title: Assets Based Working with Communities
COERS Web Address: http://www.open.edu/openlearncreate/course/view.php?id=2773