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  • 1. Distance Learning Options & Possiblities Kishan S Rana/2010
  • 2. Challenge
    • Oakeshott (1962): diplomacy knowledge ‘exists only in practice’.
    • How to develop skill sets through distance learning?
    • Both cost & range of courses that in situ programs offer is the problem
    • Can virtual classroom approximate the intimacy and interaction of real class?
    Kishan S Rana/2010
  • 3. A. Texts on Internet
    • Some courses offer lecture texts on internet, with direct interaction with professor via email
    • It provides basic information + guided study + supervised assignment work
    • Simple to organize, needs no special software, & easiest option for MFAs
    • Misses out on interaction among students, and deep exchanges
    Kishan S Rana/2010
  • 4. B. Self-Learning Formats
    • Canada and UK use self-learning courses, ranging from ‘bilateral’ & multilateral diplomacy to maintaining staff car log-books
    • Each course takes between 30 minutes to three hours to complete, at one’s own time and pace
    • Huge effort goes into framing of materials, including selection of case studies, meshing them with texts
    • Typically, no faculty interface provided
    Kishan S Rana/2010
  • 5. B. Contd.
    • Especially useful for large numbers, including local staff, who need basic information
    • Very good at conveying essentials, providing foundation, to which practical knowledge can be added, personal experience contextualized
    • Such courses would gain if participants could pose questions to faculty or experts
    Kishan S Rana/2010
  • 6. C. Diplo Methods
    • Diplo pursues a structured learning method, with emphasis on interaction, + community building among the participants
    • ‘ Hyper text’ (HT) annotations on the lecture text, permitting extensive discussion, open to full class + ‘threaded’ examination of issues
    • Seminar paper writing (or other group and individual activity), which permits in depth study
    • On-line discussion of each lecture, the end of its weekly cycle, again reinforcing interconnections among class + faculty
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