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By on 13 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Learning, E-tools

If you are reading this blog, you probably have at least a few things in common with me. Obviously, you can read and write. In English. You have access to an Internet connection, probably from your own smartphone or computer. You probably have electricity at home, and a fridge containing food for your next meal. You’ve probably finished high school, and quite likely you also have a university degree.

By on 01 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Learning

Diplo’s recent conference on the Future of Diplomacy included a session on the hype and reality of online learning. Panellists and participants discussed whether diplomacy can be taught online, and how. They looked at just-in-time and blended learning. They considered trends like MOOCs (massive open online courses), and the effective use of webinars and visuals.

By on 04 Oct, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Learning

In early 2016, DiploFoundation and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of capacity development. As a first step, the two organisations agreed to run two sessions of the Diplo/LenCD online course on Capacity Development, based on the LenCD Learning Package on Capacity Development, for ACBF staff members.

By on 23 May, 2014 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Last week I was struck by a photo I spotted on Facebook: three graduates of our 2008 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy happened to meet up in New York.

By on 24 Apr, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been around in various forms since 2008. However, The New York Times dubbed 2012 as ‘The Year of the MOOC’ due to the vast expansion in the number of courses offered by main providers (Coursera, EdX, Udacity), and the number of participating universities around the world. Not to mention the explosion of media articles and blogs endlessly analysing the phenomenon…

By on 18 Jan, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

The brutal murder of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens while visiting the American mission in Benghazi less than half a year ago highlighted the perils as well as the possibilities of ‘expeditionary diplomacy’.

By on 03 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, E-Learning

Diplo specialises in online learning. As a result, people tend to send our director links for current articles on online learning. He tends to share these with me (Diplo’s educational programmes director) and suggest that I blog about them. Recently, we’ve seen several articles about the latest trend in online education: free ‘massive open online courses’ (MOOCs) offered by groups of major American universities.

By on 15 May, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, E-Learning

Today I read an interesting article by David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, on online education. In the article he predicts as ‘tsunami’ in online education, as more and more top American universities invest in developing and offering online programmes and courses.

By on 20 Feb, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A recent study at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) challenges the view that members of the so-called ‘net generation’ share certain characteristics, as often claimed, such as the ability to adapt quickly and efficient to technological revolutions. This generation (sometimes called ‘digital natives,’ as opposed to ‘digital migrants’) includes people who have grown up surrounded by media and computing; roughly, those born after 1980.


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