This section contains information about the Structure and Methodology of our Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme.
4. Requirements5. Target participants
The courses offered under the Foundation, Advanced, and Research Phases (including the ICT Strategy course offered in 2011) are conducted online. Access to the Internet is therefore needed. All interactions are text-based, so in most cases a dial-up Internet connection is sufficient.
Most course activities can be completed whenever it is convenient for the participant, within a given weekly schedule. Real-time (synchronous) online interaction (attending online chat sessions) takes place once a week. This gives participants the opportunity to ‘meet’ and discuss the issues with fellow participants and tutors.
The courses include studying and discussing textual materials under the guidance of experienced tutors and the support of topic experts. Tutors are also able to offer platform assistance throughout the course, with the support of a dedicated tech team.
Successful students are awarded a DiploFoundation certificate for the respective course, and will become members of Diplo’s Alumni. Participants are also invited to join Diplo’s global Internet governance online community of over 1,000 members.
2. Web 2.0 e-learning platform
Learning and knowledge-sharing takes place on a web-based virtual classroom with Web 2.0 interactive tools.
The platform includes the use of a hypertext discussion system, blog message board, forum discussions, real-time discussion sessions, and other important features.
3. Working language
Unless the description for a specific course states otherwise, the course materials, our e-learning platform, and the working language of the course is in English. We ask applicants to consider whether their reading and writing skills in English are sufficient to follow university-level materials and discussion.
Applicants to the bilingual groups (English and French) are asked to note that both languages are considered working languages within these groups. Reading and writing skills in English must be sufficient to understand learning materials and instructions, and for basic communication and interaction.
Unless a course states otherwise, we expect participants:
5. Target participants
We would love to have everyone on board! We are, however, particularly interested in professionals, from both developed and developing countries, who are: