Its fairly common these days to walk into a university classroom and see students equipped with some amazing gizmos, gadgets and tech giving them the ability to take pictures, record HD video, browse the internet, record audio, and publish content to social media sites. It is fairly uncommon, though, to see those powerful devices being put to use in the learning process.
I set out to integrate these devises into one of our Education for International Development classes this semester. The goal of the class session was to explore (i) the impact violent conflict can have on development, particularly the MDGs, (ii) the role education can play in creating or causing violent conflict, (iii) the role education (formal, nonformal, and informal) can play in building peace, and (iv) the role of technologies, both old and new, and social media in building peace through informal education.
Check out the Storify board to see the final product and to see what was discussed and shared during the class. Continue reading to see how the whole process unfolded.
From October 20th – December 8th, ICNC partnered with the United States Institute of Peace to deliver an online course, Civil Resistance and Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict. I was the primary designer of the course and, with the help of three of my colleagues, co-facilitated the eight-week course for 15 participants from all over the world and from a variety of professional backgrounds. We had participants from Italy, Spain, Ghana, Egypt, West Papua, and the United States. We had participants working for small NGOs, large international institutions, and graduate students.
This was the first fully online course that ICNC and USIP had ever facilitated and I can say with confidence that it was a success. One of the participants, who is an educator herself, in their final evaluation shared that her experience taking this course was, “adult learning at it’s best.” To highlight some of the ways the course was designed I reference a blog posting titled, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Social Presence in Online Courses. I came across this article soon after the course ended and was pleased to see that we incorporated pretty much all of these suggestions. Continue reading to learn more…
From July 17th – 24th, I attended, along with approximately 45 other participants from around the world, the National Peace Academy’s Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive, held on the Champlain College campus in Burlington, VT. The goal of the intensive was to “nurture your holistic development as a peacebuilder by engaging in deep reflection and critical inquiry into your own worldviews, values, principles, and assumptions…In supporting the development of peace systems we [NPA] will engage you in a reflective and integrative planning process that will culminate in the development of your own unique, ‘Peacebuilding Plan Proposal.'”
This was a truly transformative experience and one of the best workshops/community gatherings in which I have ever participated. The diversity of people that were in attendance, the quality of presentations, the power of the reflective processes, and the community that was built around our visions for peace was something that furthered my commitment to the beloved community of peacebuilders and peacelearners across the globe. Continue reading to learn about my experience over the five days.
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The spring 2011 semester at American University has begin and my dad and I continue to teach EDU285 – Education for International Development. This semester marks the fourth time we’ve taught this course and we are continuing to find new ways to make the class better – introducing appropriate amounts of content, incorporating a diverse set of activities and exercises, and utilizing new online tools to enhance student learning. This semester there are three main changes from previous semesters: (1) a Twitter feed (@AUedu285) to follow stories related to education and international development, (2) a website redesign, and (3) more guest speakers.
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This week I finished facilitating ICNC’s eight-week course, Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent, which is offered in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace. This is the second iteration of this course – by far the most popular fall 2010 course offered through USIP’s academy – and we’ve made some significant improvements from last time.
One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to meet amazing people who are on the front lines of nonviolent movements across the world. Earlier this year, I started an online initiative interviewing nonviolent action takers in order to share the stories, experiences, and perspectives of these individuals and their movements so that the rest of the world may be made aware of their struggle. In this interview I speak with Herman Wainggai, a leader in West Papua’s self-determination struggle.