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  1.       What can I expect from this program? How is this different from other online courses?

The Axiata Digital Leadership Communication Course extracts proven principles and techniques of effective persuasion and communication as taught to world leaders at Harvard University from such courses as “The Arts of Communications,” “Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action,” and “Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence.”

Through this program, you will learn to connect what you say to your values, develop a compelling narrative, and inspire collective action. You will practice these skills as you develop a persuasive pitch about an issue you care about to present at the end of the program.

This program is different from other online courses because it is not a one-way passive lecture. This course is designed as an interactive learning journey with case discussion and exercises, collaborative work with other program participants and self-directed study with personalized feedback from a Harvard-trained facilitator.

  1.       How interactive is this course? What are the expectations of me between and during the sessions?

The course consists of the following components: curated pre-readings, live virtual lectures and breakout sessions, short weekly assignments and individual and group work.

To make the most of the course, we kindly ask that you be committed and focused during the sessions. Please do arrange your schedule in advance to ensure you are able to remain distraction-free during class times. We also encourage you to put your phone in silent mode and have a clean desk/ study space. Closing other windows and tabs on your browser also helps. 

  1.       How many hours of work am I expected to do each week? What happens if I’m absent for any of the sessions?

The live virtual lectures are 2-2.5 hour sessions two times a week (usually Monday and Thursday). In between, you will be required to do pre-readings, and assignments which should take around 2-4 extra hours each week.

The sessions are live and interactive so we recommend that you join every session at the scheduled time. However, if you must be absent, a recording of the session will be made available to all participants via email. Please inform us if you will miss a session beforehand.

  1.       What applications/platform will the program utilize? Do I need any equipment?

To maximize your learning experience and participation in the sessions, we ask that you use a computer with a fully functioning camera, microphone and speakers. You will be asked to put yourself on video during live discussions to be able to interact with the speaker and fellow participants in a way that simulates a face-to-face experience.

To ensure that your personal technology is compatible with the webinar and learning platforms we are using for this program (Zoom and Flipgrid), please view and test the required software/apps in advance. You will also receive a tech guide before the start of the course.

As this course is conducted online, a stable internet connection is critical in making the most of the digital learning experience. Whether you are using a desktop or a laptop, it is helpful if you use a LAN cable to connect your computer directly to your modem for faster internet speed. 

  1.       What are the requirements to graduate from the course?

In order to successfully complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion, you must receive a minimum of 80% passing mark on the following requirements:

    • 30% Attendance (Must be present at least 90% for each session)
    • 40% Submission of all homework/ assignments
    • 15% Quizzes (Must get mark over 70% for each)
    • 15% Submission of all feedback survey

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