The UK’s Hansard Society is offering a training course for eModerators. The course begins on January 17, 2005, and will take place entirely online. It runs over a five week period, during which participants will need to spend about 5 hours per week online. It will train moderators in the skills necessary to lead edemocracy forums, covering issues like how to recruit participants, how socialize participants into the norms of the group, how to manage and exchange information, and how to synthesize participant contributions. On successful completion of the course, participants will be certified as E-Democracy Coordinators.
Course instructors include Stephen Coleman, Irving Rappaort, Gilly Salmon and David Shepherd. Fees are (in UK pounds) 550 for central government and commercial participants; 450 for local government, union and educational participants; and 350 for voluntary organizations and individuals. They are also offering discounts for group bookings.