- Who is organizing the OMS 2012?
- What is expected from me as a participant?
- This is very open, how do I avoid getting lost?
- How much time do I have to invest?
- How can I participate in the online video events?
- What happens if I miss a live session?
- Will I receive a degree or certificate after having completed the course?
- What do I need to do to participate?
- What are the languages of the OMS?
- Can I contribute in another language?
- I have a question that hasn’t been answered here. Whom can I ask?
- The OMS Team
- Netiquette Guidelines
You can contact the organizers at oms2012[at]dw.de.
An open course means that it is up to you to learn. So have a look at the content and structure of the OMS 2012, then decide for yourself which topics interest you most, how much time you want to invest and what your goals are for this course. You are encouraged to take part in the discussions, provide additional information to fellow participants and generate your own content. The open course will be largely what you and your fellow participants make of it.
The Open Course has a beginning and an ending day, as well as a schedule. On the website, you will be able to find summaries of previous events, videos of the sessions, as well as a wealth of background material provided before and created during the course week. You can also check out upcoming events. Have a look at our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter for official updates. Look up the hashtag #oms2012 to see everything that has been posted about the OMS 2012 on Twitter. Decide yourself what you would like to delve into – when you want, and at the speed you want.
This is up to you, and depends on the goals that you set for yourself. We encourage active participation, but also know that learning by lurking can be part of the open course experience.
You need only a computer with Internet access to take part in the event. The live sessions will be streamed using Adobe Connect, which works on every browser that has a Flash player installed. In most cases, this will already be installed on your computer, so you can likely use Adobe Connect straight away. However, the OMS team can not guarantee that it works automatically on your computer – you may have to install Adobe Flash Player yourself.
We will record all sessions and make them available on the OMS website, so that you can easily catch up later.
No, you will not receive any kind of certification.
To follow the events, just go to the OMS website and follow the links – especially, have a look at the schedule. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to our e-newsletter, which will keep you up-to-date and inform you about upcoming live events, while also summarizing the past week’s session.
The OMS also has a Twitter account, where we will post updates and interesting links. If you don’t have a personal Twitter account yet, set one up and follow us. Also have a look at the hashtag #oms2012, and use the hashtag if you tweet about the OMS.
Of course, you may also use whatever other tools you want: your own blog, your Facebook page, videos, slides, maps or infographics. Feel free to participate any way you want, and share this with us and the other participants.
If you have your own blog, let us know so we can include you on the OMS blogroll.
We encourage the free exchange of opinions, information and ideas. Please observe our netiquette guidelines, available at Netiquette Guidelines.
Comments that violate these principles will be removed and, if applicable, reported to Facebook or Twitter. We maintain the right to block users who repeatedly violate our guidelines.
The background material and sessions will be provided in Arabic and English. Core material will be available in both of these languages. The live sessions will be mainly in Arabic, although English-speaking participants may also be present. A comprehensive summary will also be provided in both languages.
Yes, you can. Sometimes interesting material might be available in languages spoken or understood in parts of the region, e.g. French or Spanish, so feel free to share and communicate in these languages on the site as well.
Please contact the OMS team at oms2012[at]dw.de.
Holger Hank: holger.hank[at]dw.de
Sarah Mersch: sarah.mersch[at]dw.de
Dima Tarhini: dima.tarhini[at]dw.de
Kathrin Burghof: kathrin.burghof[at]dw.de
The OMS 2012 offers an opportunity for exchange and discussion on the OMS website, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
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