The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies hosted an Internet Advocacy Roundtable on Thursday. Participants included Cameron Chisholm, President of International Peace & Security; Aine Fay, Operations Director of Concern Worldwide, and Dorothea Israel Wolfson, Program Director, JHU MA in Government. Alan Rosenblatt, Senior Vice-President of Digital Strategy at Turner 4D was the moderator of the panel. Cameron Chisolm discussed how International Peace & Security has increasingly used online training and online modules to provide training for their staff and stake-holders. He discussed the pros and cons of using online modules and how participants from numerous organizations have benefited from them as well as some of the limits of the online platform as some of the nuances of some subject areas, such as teaching religious tolerance, are difficult to completely capture online to disparate audiences. Dorothea Israel Wolfson discussed how the MA in Government Program has developed into an online leader in masters programs. She shared some of the course offerings in the area of democracy and developmentthat have already reached an international audience of students, many of whom are able to continue their education solely because of online offerings. Countries where students have taken her online classes range from China to Mongolia, to Turkey, Israel, Ecuador and Australia, to name just a few. Aine Fay discussed how Concern Worldwide has developed low-bandwidth training programs for first responders so they may react quickly and effectively plug into the international relief infrastructure. Some of the drawbacks of online training were discussed as well, such as how to better ensure retention rates of participants and to ensure that they are getting as much as they can from training modules.
The Center offers fully online degree option in the MA in Government Program. Other online programs include the MS in Governmental Analytics and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and the Certificate in Intelligence Studies. If you'd like to view the podcast, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_j6T0ZUyPs