Could we get another Talleyrand or Metternich through an online course? Diplomatic protocol, negotiations and other practical topics in diplomatic training – is it a “learning by doing” exercise or can you teach these efficiently in an online learning environment? One of the three debates of the Online Learning Day that DiploFoundation held on April 17th, presented two views on this issue. This is a summary of the discussion.
Yes, you can:
No, you can’t:
The vote taken after the debate showed, that 68 % vote for utopia (in this case, yes you can teach practical diplomacy online) and only 9 % for reality (in this case, online learning cannot prepare you for practical diplomacy) (the rest undecided, see further the post on reality and utopia aspects of the debate by Jovan). I have to blame my discussion partner that he actually confirmed that practical diplomatic issues taught online do have significant limitations, indeed. That, I hope, is the only explanation of why I lost the fight!