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