Online Course: Massive Open Online Course, UN Convention on Rights of PWDs, Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Cross-posted from Institute on Disability and Public Policy:


IDPP Offers Inaugural MOOC on UN Convention on Rights of PWDs

The IDPP will kick off 2013 by offering its inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), led by Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn and Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman of the UN Ad Hoc Committee that drafted the CRPD and Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council, with invited guest lecturers from around the world. Understanding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (#crpdmooc) is the world's first MOOC on the CRPD, offering en masse an opportunity to learn about the first human rights treaty of the 21st century and the fastest-growing human rights instrument in history.

The MOOC will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00am-9:00am U.S. EST from 15 January-23 April 2013.

It is free of charge and open to anyone around the world.

The MOOC will cover the history and development of the CRPD, including:

The CRPD provides the foundation to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to realize their rights for full participation in employment, civic activities, transportation, recreation, and other areas of human activity. While the MOOC will include examples of the CRPD’s application in countries around the world, it will focus primarily on the CRPD’s implementation in the countries in Southeast Asia as represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

This free MOOC is non-credit bearing. It will include 14 sessions from January through April 2013. Each session will be recorded, and participants will have the option to follow synchronous (real-time) sessions via BlackBoard Collaborate webconferencing software or access the recorded sessions on-demand.

For more information on the MOOC, course facilitation, and to register, access the IDPP MOOC page.

Tags: Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Conference of State Parties, UN Convention on Rights of PWDs, accessibility, disabilities, disability law, education, human rights

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