What are the current trends in online learning, and what opportunities and limitations do massive open online courses (MOOCs) present? Can social media tools enrich online learning, and how can practical topics such as protocol and negotiations be taught effectively online?
These were some of the questions discussed during DiploFoundation’s Online Learning Day, which took place on 17 April 2013. The aim was to facilitate an informed discussion on online learning, particularly in the domain of diplomacy, international relations, and global policy processes, both within the Geneva e-diplomacy platform and beyond.
The video recording of the morning debate, which took place online, and the simultaneous text-based chat among participants, can be viewed below. A welcoming message for participants in the Online Learning Day by Ambassador Alexandre Fasel can also be viewed further down. An evening debate was held at Diplo's office in Geneva, aimed at encouraging an exchange of views and experience between providers of online learning solutions.
A number of blog posts summarised the main arguments, and continue to build on the discussion. Jovan Kurbalija summed up the discussion on the current questions in online learning: Utopia (58%) Reality (11%) with 31% undecided, while Hannah Slavik posted her thoughts on learning from the MOOC model. Pete Cranston discussed whether social media and online learning where an obvious marriage, while Virginia (Ginger) Paque replied to his points in her post social media and online learning - an enduring friendship. Tereza Horejsova wondered whether we can really learn practical diplomatic issues online. From a technical aspect, the format of the online discussion embraced some of the latest platforms, including Google Hangout and CoveritLive, which Arvin Kamberi describes in his post your presence is required.
Please see below recordings from the discussion: