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Preparation for Research Material

Selection of Experts

Once the course structure has been prepared, and the thematic focus, targeted audience and duration finalised, the next stage is the identification and selection of the specialists involved in teaching various modules. A schematic list of experts is outlined for this purpose:

Course Coordinators

A potential coordinator/s for the course is an expert proficient in disaster risk management of cultural heritage, with extensive practical experience in the field who is able to draw upon live case studies and structure the course thematically while linking themes to the core material of the course.

Core Faculty

Experts from the fields of disaster risk management; cultural heritage management, urban planning, and civil engineering should be selected to give focused knowledge on their areas of specialisation.

Workshop and Site Visit Coordinators

These are professionals who are familiar with the course organisation and content, but more importantly, with the sites being used for case studies and workshops.

Apart from these experts, administrative staff, media-persons, supporters would need to be engaged for the logistical planning and implementation of the course.

Background Information for Case Study Projects

Participants should be given detailed preparation instructions prior to the course so that they attend the course fully prepared with all base information needed to carry out case study projects on disaster risk management plan for their respective cultural heritage sites. Additional information about the course, the logistical requirements and any other pertinent information should also be included as a preparation package for the participants.

Information about Kiyomizu Dera Temple circulated among participants before site visit and workshop

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Session Outlines

In order to streamline the course content and its delivery mechanism, the resource persons delivering the lectures or organising workshops and site visits should be asked to prepare session outlines based on some basic guidelines and formats. These have been briefly summarised below:

Lectures and Presentations
  • Key information including a summary of the lecture/ presentation and its objectives.
  • Detailed explanations of key points, identification and definition of key terminology.
  • Figures and illustrations to support the content.
  • Suggested references and bibliography, hand-outs relevant to the lecture.
  • Links to the overall course content to help orient the student.
Workshops and Exercises
  • Summary of the workshop along with introduction to the site, situation and context. Links to lecture notes andlink to overall course content should be included in the summary.
  • Key learning objectives of the workshop.
  • Any physical resources or equipment that may be needed along with worksheets, checklists for participants and reference maps or data.
  • Dissemination of results.
Development of Primary and Secondary Case Studies
  • Subject of case study and background information on site/ situation and context.
  • Objectives of case study – Issues, challenges and available opportunities and solutions.
  • Scope and limitations of case study.
  • Explanation of the process applied, and the resources used.
  • Lessons learnt during various phases.
  • Supporting visuals /illustrations.
  • Links to lectures and presentations, workshops, exercises and to the overall course.

Course Overview and Participants' Introductions

On the first day of the training course, each participant should make a brief presentation explaining current issues and challenges for disaster risk management of cultural heritage in his or her own country. The presentation should include a brief description of various types of natural and human-induced disasters affecting the participant's home country and how these put cultural heritage at risk. Also a brief explanation of existing disaster management systems especially those that are related to cultural heritage in the participant's country would be beneficial.