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Delivering the Course

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Delivering the Course

Delivering the course effectively requires a systematic approach not only to designing the course content and pedagogical strategies but also ensuring both human and financial resources as well as providing infrastructural support. The process of planning for funding, engaging expert instructors and administrative staff needs to be undertaken well in advance of the actual course. During the course, both participants and instructors may need to be debriefed regularly, and each session requires supporting material in the form of literature, worksheets and other related materials. Equally important is following up on participants and instructors when the course has concluded in order to get their feedback on the course and also to collect the information generated through the course for future initiatives.

Before the Course

Planning and structuring the course

  • Identify the basic themes being covered, such as a specific geographical context, specific hazards or disasters or specific aspects within disaster risk management.
  • Identify experts in the field for various topics and engage them for the course. Also engage support staff, coordinators for site visits and workshops and an administrative staff. The scope of work for each resource person identified should be clearly communicated.
  • Collect information on relevant secondary and primary case studies. Recent disasters and the cultural heritage which has been impacted should be highlighted. Maps and information on global and local issues should be collected along with briefs, worksheets and checklists for participants introducing the site components and context. A detailed schedule for the course should be prepared.
  • Identify and coordinate with module coordinators, site managers and workshop coordinators. Permissions and access to the site should be arranged for in advance.

Resources and funding

  • A detailed budget accounting for all aspects of planning, implementing and following up the course should be formulated. This should include the fees and expenses for the resource persons, logistical expenses such as arranging for a venue, transport and infrastructure along with a contingency fund.
  • Potential funding agencies or sponsors could be identified if resources of the organising body are insufficient. International funding agencies, local and national governments or institutions could be potential sponsors.

Infrastructure and facilities

  • Venues for conducting the course, accommodating participants and resource persons if needed should be identified. The venue for conducting the course should have the entire basic infrastructure needed for lectures, presentations, small-scale practical demonstrations and workshops.
  • Transport to the venues and to the sites should be planned for before the course.
  • All equipment and stationery should be arranged for.