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General course information
by Rachael Donovan - Monday, 16 March 2015, 12:14 PM

Overview and Resources

Each week this section provides a brief introduction to the weekly topic.  You are expected to study the resources links each week, which may include notes, recordings, links, videos, TED lectures etc.

The first week orientates you into the unit in order to familiarize yourself with the Moodle learning environment and to provide practice on exploring resources, completing activities, and posting them on the forum.


This section sets out your assignments and activities for each week.  It aims to integrate the theory you have learnt throughout the resource section, into the practical aspects of your internship.  These activities form the basis for your learning throughout your internship period.  Additionally, your learning contributes to the documentation and resource pool for the organisation and future interns, building the knowledge data-base of the organisation as a whole.  Thus, you should aim to complete these activities in the same manner that you would approach typical university studies, with seriousness and commitment.

Throughout the course, forum postings are used for most activity topics.  The forum will enable all interns to interact with each other by exchanging ideas and discussing topics related to a certain weekly theme.  The aim of the forum activities is to promote critical thinking, knowledge construction and cross centre peer-to-peer learning.  Please therefore make full use of these online forums to create an open learning and discussion environment. 

Some weekly activities will require individual responses, and others will require a collaborative response from the centre as a whole.  See weekly activity notes for more details and instructions.

Collaborative course development

The aim of the course is to provide you with a small overview of various international development topics, giving you a theoretical summary to support your practical work on ground.  However, it is by no means exhaustive, and we therefore welcome contributions to all course content, materials, resources and activities. 

To improve the quality of topics that are short or lacking in detail, the entire EduCARE team is able to take part in course development and improvement to expand and improve the information and resources. 

Anyone may edit a topic, and anyone may edit another person's edits. Therefore, more than one person is able to contribute to the course, which has the advantage that the course content then has the experience of many contributors.

Confidentiality agreement

As a member of these courses, you may have access to confidential information about local community members and EduCARE India projects.  By signing this statement, you are indicating your understanding of your responsibilities to maintain confidentiality and agree to the following:

  • I understand that names and any other identifying information about community members are completely confidential. 
  • I agree not to divulge, publish, or otherwise make known to unauthorized persons or to the public any information obtained throughout this course that could identify the persons who participated in any course related surveys or research. 
  • I understand that all information about community members or EduCARE India projects obtained or accessed by me in this course are confidential.  I agree not to divulge or otherwise make known to unauthorized persons any of this information, unless specifically authorized to do so by approved protocol or by the Project Director acting in response to applicable law or court order, or public health or clinical need. 
  • I agree to keep all the research information shared with me confidential by not discussing or sharing the research information in any form or format (e.g. USB, tapes, transcripts) with anyone other than the course tutor or Project Director.
  • I agree to keep all research information in any form or format secure while it is in my possession.
  • I agree to notify the Project Director or Assistant Project Director immediately should I become aware of an actual breach of confidentiality or a situation which could potentially result in a breach, whether this be on my part or on the part of another person.