Across the Middle East, refugees, IDPs, and indigenous religious minorities remain at considerable risk. The U.S. presidential election has not addressed any of these concerns, from humanitarian or geo-strategic perspectives. But the new U.S. president will have to.
The Hilton Prize Coalition’s first Storytelling project is a beautiful film, On Shifting Ground, by Steve Connors. The Hilton Prize Coalition and Global Impact are sharing the film globally via webinar on Wednesday, August 17, 11:30am-12:30pm (EDT/New York time) with a discussion to follow. The public may see the film and join the discussion by registering online.
Six winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize were among the many NGOs serving in Nepal when the earthquake hit in 2015. On Shifting Ground is a new documentary that tells the story of collaboration among six Hilton Prize-winning international NGOs and a range of local organizations after the earthquake.
Since 1996, the Hilton Prize has been awarded annually to “a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions in alleviating human suffering.” (Its $2 million award is nearly twice the amount of a Nobel Prize.) The Hilton Prize Coalition has begun a Storytelling Program to “highlight…lessons learned by the world’s most extraordinary humanitarian organizations” and to further promote collaboration.
The Coalition’s first Storytelling project is a beautiful film, On Shifting Ground, by Steve Connors. The Hilton Prize Coalition and Global Impact are sharing the film globally via webinar on Wednesday, August 17, 11:30am-12:30pm (EDT/New York time) with a discussion to follow. The public may see the film and join the discussion by registering online.
A multi-stakeholder committee illustrates strong democratic preferences and practices. Democracy in the Middle East is a passionate, controversial, and evolving issue. But it is on grand display among members of an ICANN working group. Read more
From HIV to Ebola to Zika, the effectiveness of public health responses has never been more critical, and organizations conducting this work are under increasing scrutiny. In Zambia, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia or CIDRZ addressed an issue shared by many developing-world health institutions: serious gaps in its organizational capacity to fulfill its mission.
I spoke with CIDRZ Director and CEO, Dr. Charles Holmes, about the changes that he and his team have undertaken over the last four years. They have refocused the CIDRZ mission and vision, re-examined its partnerships, and built systems to become a leading scientific and research institute, patient services organization, and local talent capacity-builder.
Where European capitals struggle, people organize to save this corner of the world one Facebook post at a time, turning good intentions into real humanitarian service. More at foreignpolicyblogs.com
My latest at the Foreign Policy Association
All your help made possible our article here in Educause Review – following a great discussion at the the 2016 Ann Ferren Conference. You can watch the panel here, or see the PowerPoint. Special thanks to Dr Melissa Scholes Young, Sarah McKinley ’19, and Chandler Randol ’18. More from the Ann Ferren Conference is here. Thanks again for all your help. And from a prior presentation on MOOCs.
Help! In preparation for a conference on teaching and learning, a couple of us are asking students: online courses are popular with students, but what do they like and not like about those courses?
If you’ve taken an online course (esp. from a college/university), please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about any or all of these questions. Please post (anonymously, if you like) at the bottom of this page. And please share with a friend! Thanks very much–
Why did you choose to take an online course? Convenience (“location”)? Asynchronous (any time)? Course topic? Requirement (graduate early, etc.)? or a combination of these, or something else?
Did you expect the course to be easier or more difficult than a regular course? Was it?
What was the best surprise of the online-aspects of the course? Not “the book was good,” but something about the course’s “online-ness.”
What was most disappointing about the course? Not “the book was bad,” but something about the course’s “online-ness.”
Material was presented in a variety of ways: assigned books in hard-copy, online readings, instructor’s videos (on Blackboard, YouTube, etc.), third-party videos (C-SPAN, Disney, YouTube, etc.), instructor’s online PowerPoints or other written notes, etc. Which of these was most helpful/effective? Which of these was least helpful/effective?
How was the “classroom community”? What efforts were made to facilitate discussion among students? What worked, what didn’t?
You have an audience of online instructors – mostly regular university professors who sometimes teach online, or who are about to teach online for the first time. What is the most important thing for them to know?
Thank you so much – please share with a friend or friends – and thanks again!
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