World Bank InstituteNatural Disaster Risk Management Training of Trainors End of Course Project March 22 to April 17, 2010 Sheila Lo Dingcong
Components Objective Identification of Target Participants Delivery Management Plan Learning Outcome Learning Plan Course Requirements Difficulties/challenges expected to encounter during the course and suggestions on how to overcome them
Objective The objective of the Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) course is for participants to acquire knowledge and basic management skills on the following specific areas: Community-level vulnerability assessment; Access to resources for mitigation; and How to plan and implement a disaster management program at the community level.
Identification of Target Participants(marketing, registration, participants’ selection strategy)The target participants of this course are the following: Local government personnel Community-based non-government and people’s organizations The academe, corporate social foundations, and the business sector
A checklist of prerequisites of potential participants will be prepared to narrow down those who may be able to maximize distance education. Primary of these would be the current work being done and the level of comfort in the use of digital tools.
Registration will purely be online. The registrant will be required to fill out an online profile survey to provide a background of her/his education, work, and proficiency in online computing including the number of hours s/he can dedicate to this e-learning class. A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted and handled by one delivery management team. A reasonable course fee shall be required from the participants who will be selected based on their profile survey forms.
Delivery Management PlanThis course will be delivered by a team composed of one facilitator, one assistant facilitator, a Subject Matter Expert (SME), and a Technical Assistant (4) Tasks, When to do and Who will do Announcement of the course Message to qualified participants Message to participants before the start of the course
Announcement of the Course Dear ____________, I wish to inform you that the World Bank Institute (WBI) on Distance Learning is offering an online course on Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) to run for six weeks beginning May 15, 2010. The CBDRM is one of WBI’s programs in its effort to build the capacities of communities against natural disasters and calamities. This course will be managed by certified WBI facilitators and will utilize the free virtual learning platform of Moodle. For more information on this program and to register, please visit http://vle.worldbank.org/moodle/. You may also send an inquiry through email@example.com. Thank you and I hope you hear from you soon. Sincerely, Sheila L. Dingcong Certified WBI E-Facilitator
Message to be sent to selected participants before the course starts Dear ________, I am glad to inform you that you are accepted as a participant to the Community-based DRM online course of the World Bank Institute. To confirm your registration, please click on the link http://vle.worldbank.org/moodle/ and proceed to select the CBDRM course. It is necessary for you to create an account in the program site in order for you to be listed as an official participant of the course. Please do not forget the username and password that you will register on this site. An email will be sent to you to confirm your final registration and you will then have access to the program site and may explore its various contents. I would like to point you to the Latest News for messages from the facilitating team specifically on the next steps that you need to do. Since the program will begin on May 15, we would like to request that you register on or before May 12. We are so excited to have you on this course and we hope to have a fruitful learning experience for all of us. Cheers, Sheila
Message to be posted in the Latest News before the course starts Welcome to the online course on Community-based Disaster Risk Management! Before we officially begin on May 15, we would like to encourage everyone to explore this site and familiarize yourself with the various features of Moodle. Everyone is required to post a picture in their profile and complete all the information requested from you so that we will know each other better. Remember, this is a pure online course with no face-to-face session. Thus, it would be a big motivation to everyone if we all have our names matched with our faces and know a little bit of our background. Beginning May 12, you may browse through the course materials and references for your advance readings and guidance. For any technical difficulties, please email our Technical Assistant at techasstCBDRM@gmail.com. Cheers, Sheila
Roleas Online Facilitator and key responsibilities and skills needed The online facilitator has four key main roles to perform. S/he has to be an instructor, a social director, program manager, and technical assistant.
Asan instructor, the facilitator is responsible for: Providing basic information of the course topic to the participants through discussions, course materials and references Assisting learners to relate knowledge with their own experiences or with prior knowledge Initiating discussion through suggesting ideas and/or posing questions for the participants to think about and respond to in order for the participants to process the acquired knowledge and bring the exchange of ideas at deeper levels of understanding
Asa social director, the facilitator is responsible for: Creating a conducive environment for online learning Motivating the participants to actively engage in discussions and submit course requirements on time through a collegial approach to the learners Establishing a collaborative atmosphere among the participants through consensus-building
Asa program manager, the facilitator is responsible for: Organizing all plans, systems and procedures, personnel involved in the delivery of the course, including the budget Managing the actual delivery of the course by ensuring that schedules are being followed, discussions are moving, and anticipating the needs of the participants as well as problems that may arise along the way Guiding the participants in their exchanges and other interaction by establishing ground rules or guidelines on their expected online behavior (netiquette)
Asa technical assistant, the facilitator is responsible for: Ensuring learners’ ease in using the online platform Making the participants knowledgeable in finding solutions to technical difficulties Utilizing a variety of digital tools for the course to make it more interested and attractive
Learning Outcomes A comprehensive outlook of managing disasters at the participant’s specific community environment Basic operational and technical knowledge on CDRM Middle to advance skills in planning and implementing a CDRM program
Learning PlanThe course comprises three specific topics namely: Session 1 – Community-level Vulnerability Assessment and Disaster Preparedness Session 2 – Access to Resources for Community-based Mitigation Session 3 – Planning and Implementing a Disaster Management Program at the Community level
The course will be delivered within a period of six weeks divided into the following topics and activities: Week 1 – Getting to know you; a discussion forum 1 on the general course description and content; a live/real time chat class scheduled towards the end of the week; and assignment 1 – What should be the contents of your personal disaster survival kit?
Week 2 – Discussion forum 2 on session 1; quiz 1 and assignment 2 (Based on your experience and personal opinion, what are the resources needed to lessen the impact of a natural disaster to your community? Where and how can these resources be accessed by the community itself? What are possible projects or programs that your community can endeavor to help put up the needed resources?)
Week 3 – Discussion forum 3 on session 2; quiz 2 and assignment 3 (Create a visual presentation either through a diagram, chart, or even an artwork that shows the stakeholders in the community level implementing a disaster management program. Provide a title and a brief one paragraph (5 sentences) description of your work. Use whatever digital tool that you are familiar with or scan a hard copy if you prefer to manually draw, paint or color.)
Week 4 – Discussion forum 4 on session 3; quiz 3 and reflection paper (Write down your insights on session 3’s topic. Propose a specific action which you think can contribute to a better CBDRM program) Week 5 – Discussion forum 5 on synthesizing sessions 1, 2 and 3; hold a live online interactive session
Week 6 – Work on End of Course Project (A CDRM plan for the participant’s community) and prepare for final exam scheduled at the end of the week Participant Evaluation
Course Requirements At least four discussion posts for each discussion forum (4x5DFs=20 posts) Submit assignments 1, 2, & 3 and a reflection paper Attend two live online class sessions Take quizes 1, 2, & 3 Submit an End of Course Project Take the final exams Fill out an evaluation form
Facilitation strategy and tools you are going to use to achieve them Input sessions – facilitator and assistant facilitator will provide some basic information to the participants based on the materials given Question and Answer – concepts will be raised to the participants which they should respond to by providing ten keywords relating to the concept
Reiteration of responses/points made to ensure common understanding Summary and feedback Icebreakers at least once for each discussion forum Live chat classes in real time
Communication strategies and techniques to be used in the course Regular messages on the Latest News section – beginning and end of the week Direct email messages to participants with special concerns Use of positive and gender fair language Constructive feedback is given to all responses or ideas of the participants
To introduce a discussion forum….. Good day to everyone! This week’s topic that’s up for discussion is on assessing vulnerability and the preparedness of communities to disaster. Please visit discussion forum for week 2 and post some of our thoughts on a couple of questions that I have raised. Remember, we are all required to share at least four responses of our ideas on the topic. Hope to see you all there! And don’t forget your readings. Cheers, Sheila
To remind participants of course requirements Hello to everyone! Our discussions are becoming quite interesting. I hope we are all gaining new knowledge and varied perspectives of the issues surrounding the community’s access to resources. Please be reminded of assignment 3 that is due to be submitted on Saturday, June 5. You may post directly or upload a file on the assignment section. Best, Sheila
To flag schedules and changes thereto…………. Hey guys! We have some revisions on our calendar this week. Instead of having our live online chat session on Saturday, June 19, we will have it on Friday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Manila time. Please prepare your computers with the necessary internet bandwidth, web cams and headsets. Please be in front of our computers 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the class. This will run for approximately 90 minutes. Thanks and see you then, Sheila
To poke participants with special concerns…….. Dear John, Hello there! Hope this finds you well. I’m just a bit worried of your absence for the past four days from the discussion forum. And the last time I checked, I haven’t received assignment 2 from you. Any problems with your internet access or are you on a business trip? You know that getting the certificate depends on the submission of course requirements. We would really love to hear from you. Best, Sheila
Strategyof handling assignments and end of course project Reminders sent twice a week Flexibility on the length and form; late submissions will be entertained in special cases Feedback given within two days after the submission of assignments Questions and/or clarifications on assignments and ECP will be solicited and responded to
Difficulties/challenges expected to encounter during the course and suggestions on how to overcome them Technical problems during live chat classes – technical support shall be on hand during actual class; students will be informed early of the technical requirements of the class Conflicts during discussions – facilitator immediately mediates through explaining, clarifying, and differentiating Forum traffic – extra hours online for the facilitators by showing presence three times a day – morning, afternoon and evening
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