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About the HREA Distance Learning Programme

HREA's on-line courses are designed to help human rights and development professionals with the practical challenges they face in their work. The courses take place at reasonable costs, at the convenience of the learners, and require no travel. The instructor-led (tutored) courses are facilitated by practitioners who understand the conditions faced by professionals in the field.

HREA offers two types of courses. Rapid (self-directed) e-courses take between three and six hours to complete, yet are completely self-paced and thus can be spread out over days or even months depending on the situation of the learner. The tutored courses are typically six weeks in duration, usually cover a particular theme and are more academically oriented. The courses are very practical and applied, focus on developing skills as well as knowledge and led by instructors. The table below compares the features for each.

Comparing types of HREA courses

Learning model

HREA's tutored e-learning courses typically involve 2 hours of reading per week, participation in on-line discussion forums and webinars, assignments or quizzes, and regular interaction with participants, the instructor(s) and facilitator. On average, learners are asked to devote 4-6 hours to the course each week. This amounts to a total of 30 to 50 hours depending on the duration of the course. Courses are based on a participatory, active learning approach with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning.

The courses are not accredited, though this can be arranged for courses carried out cooperatively with higher education institutions. Course instructors are highly experienced practitioners from human rights organisations around the world.

Mode of delivery

HREA uses the Moodle Learning Management System. Participants and auditors can access the course website any time that is convenient for them. Specialised and short courses include occasional live webinars. Participating in webinars requires the learner to be available at a particular time. However, webinars are recorded and available to view afterwards.

Partnerships and collaboration

HREA also offers courses in collaboration with institutional partners. These partners include the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR, Tunisia), the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS, Egypt), the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe Network (DARE), and War Child Holland, among others. These collaborative courses usually have a regional or national focus and may target specific groups such as human rights defenders, campaign coordinators, national Ombudsman offices, secondary school teachers, journalists, judges and law enforcement officials.

Follow-up services

Alumni of HREA's on-line courses stay connected to one another through alumni networks including a combination of listservs, on-line forums and social networking sites. "Refresher" courses, on-site workshops and "webinars" are also offered for alumni. Course web sites are archived by HREA and remain accessible to alumni.

Costs and application process

For tuition fees and registration deadlines, please see the listing of upcoming courses.

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