This course is conducted entirely online over a period of 10 weeks, using DiploFoundation's online classroom and learning methodology. The course consists of one week of classroom orientation, eight weeks of dynamic class content and activities, and one week for the mid-course assignment.
Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided module texts, adding comments, references, and questions as hypertext entries. The tutor, guest lecturers, and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the module text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. quizzes, further discussion via blogs or forums). At the end of the week, participants, tutors, and guest lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic.
The course is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. Participants should plan to spend at least eight hours of study time per week.
Course materials and the e-learning platform are presented in English. However, participants who are more comfortable with communication in French may join a bilingual group which uses English as the primary language, and French as a secondary language for communication and interaction. Participants in the bilingual group may submit written assignments in French.
For both groups, participants must have sufficient skills with reading and writing in English to understand learning materials and instructions, and for basic communication and interaction. For the bilingual group, reading and writing skills in French must be sufficient for discussion and research purposes.
Participants are invited to join Diplo’s global Internet governance online community of over 1400 members, and to attend monthly webinars and other IG-related events and activities.