It is a great pleasure to welcome you to PRIA International Academy for its specialized distance education course, Certificate in International Perspectives in Participatory Research. The Course has formally begun today 21st July, 2014 and is expected to conclude by November 2014.
Before I tell you more details about the course and how to use Moodle for effective learning, let me introduce myself. I am Purvi Dass, the online facilitator for this course and one of the resource persons for face to face interaction that will take place in September.
Getting to know each other by talking about ourselves and sharing our expectations from this course is a step towards following the course in participatory spirit.
About me, I began my professional career in pure science but moved on to social sciences and since been encouraging social entrepreneurship. My initiation in development sector began from National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Working with PRIA provided me with wider perspective on various issues like Development Planning, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Participatory Capacity Building, Participatory Research, Organizational Development and Partnership and Local Self Governance.
This course offers me a unique pedagogical style. On the one hand, as a facilitator, I shall smoothly coordinate your interactions, sending reminders, making announcements, assessing your participation in Moodle (the virtual learning environment or classroom) discussions and assignments. On the other hand, as a learner, I will also get an opportunity to understand the perspectives of fellow learners. Sharing the ideas and experiences as well as learning along with others, are all-worthwhile.
Now, I invite you to post a brief introduction about yourself. You may include any information you feel is relevant and important for your peers/learners to know. This may include, but is not limited to:
1. Reasons for taking up this course
2. Your expectations from this course
3. Your learning objectives
4. Your current or recent work
5. Anything else like where you are currently living, languages you speak, your hobbies and interests!!!
Success of this course depends to a great extent on exchange of clear and prompt communications. I expect you to participate in on-line discussions. You’ll find issues emerging out of the discussions and reflections very stimulating.
You can post questions, comments, concerns you have, about the course, under Discussion Forum. Your questions as well as the responses to them will be public, that is, all the other learners will be able to see this information. In case you have questions related to administrative issues, which are not for public circulation, then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com .
Please go through instructional guidelines and Moodle help on the home page of your course to understand how to navigate through the course units.
Together, we shall reflect, analyse and internalize different perspectives of participatory research in varied context and make use of this great opportunity provided by PRIA International Academy to the fullest extent.
With great pleasure let me welcome you once again and wish you success in the course.
With best wishes,