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Seeking nominations for advisors: MOOC on Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

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Seeking nominations for advisors: MOOC on Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

02 Aug 2018


Instructors Tina Fischer, Mike Wessells, and Mark Canavera of Columbia University and the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network are developing a massive, open, online course (MOOC) that will support humanitarian workers who work in child protection or affiliated fields—including health, education, justice, and others—to engage with the latest science about protecting and caring for children in humanitarian settings. We hope that the course will help learners to reflect critically upon the newest learning to improve and even transform their work. As we develop the course, we would like to invite 10 to 12 people to serve as a “sounding board” for the course, sharing their ideas and their insight on the latest advances in child protection theory and practice to make the course as complete, relevant, and up-to-date as possible for learners. 


There is no firm limit on the numbers of members of this sounding board, but as nominations come in, we will work to ensure a balanced representation of field workers, policymakers, academics, and others who also represent a variety of contexts around the world. We will prioritize participation by members from the Majority World. Although we will be linguistically limited to English for the purposes of our communication with the sounding board members, we would appreciate the involvement of members who speak other languages and would be happy to connect this work to child protection workers operating in other language communities.

Time commitment and roles

Depending on individuals’ availability and interest, we expect that participating in this sounding board could take anywhere between 15 and 20 hours of time spread over the period from late August to early January. We will unfortunately not have compensation available for sounding board members’ time. “Sounding board” members can engage in the roles that are most appropriate to them, and some of the potential roles that we have envisioned may include:

  • Challenging the instructors’ own assumptions and biases about child protection in humanitarian action and helping us to see new ways of looking at this work;
  • Providing feedback on the course learning objectives, overall design, and outline;
  • Reviewing course modules (perhaps one or two modules per “sounding board” member);
  • Pointing us to interesting, innovative field examples that are emerging;
  • Facilitating connections between the course instructors and innovators in the field;
  • Sharing information about the course with others in their language communities; and
  • Providing feedback on preliminary course materials developed in the fall of 2018 before we develop the full course in spring 2019.

Nomination process

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another person to serve in this role, please email Tina: hmf2126@cumc.columbia.edu, Mike: mikewessells@gmail.com, or Mark: mc3718@cumc.columbia.edu by the middle of August 2018.

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