[Capacity-Building-WG] Policy writing/ public comment course

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 15:00:58 UTC 2020

Dear Abdulkarim

That would be awesome for someone who has been regularly involved in the
process to take the lead in getting something started that better reflects
how we do things in At-Large.

There is a new Registrants course that ICANN Learn is launching on Monday
(today in some parts of the world). I had a preview and I think you should
all do this course to get some idea of the interesting ways ICANN Learn is
introducing to convey the learning concepts we want to draw to students
attention in each of the lessons. Short knowledge checks are given after
each lesson to highlight the important knowledge outcomes you need to
highlight from each lesson.

I really enjoyed this new course and appreciated being able to have a look
through it. I am going to use it to introduce my Pacific Plan before I move
to the "Intro to ICANN" course - to give an introduction and practical
context to how ICANN is involved in the process of connecting people to the

The Pacific Plan is a tutorial based programme where I will be working with
Pacific students as they are doing the courses we study, to keep them on
track and focused on engagement. In order to be part of the tutorial
programme they have to join up as individual members of APRALO.  😉

But Id like to leave these thoughts with the CBWG and Joanna, Alfredo and
Betsy's guidance, to see what you can come up with. Good luck and Im really
looking forward to seeing the team effort on this course because this is
what Id like to use to end my training  course with - the HOW to get
engaged at a really practical level in At-Large.

Thanks Abdulkarim for your offer to get the team coordinated on this

On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, 3:22 am ABDULKARIM AYOPO OLOYEDE, <
oloyede.aa at unilorin.edu.ng> wrote:

> Dear Maureen,
> Thank you for this email. Only yesterday I was thinking of developing such
> a course for some group of people AFRALO members who wanted clarification
> on the At large public comment process. I think I now understand where some
> of the confusions were coming from.
>  I think having such a module is important because it would help to
> improve participation from a lot of those who don't currently understand
> the process. Like you mentioned, when it comes to statement writing I
> believe the process we use is open and transparent but I must say it is
> quite complicated to understand especially for someone who does not have
> the time to attend CPWG or does not understand what CPWG does. Therefore I
> agree that an ICANN learn course on this is important. I have to thank
> Jonathan for personally taking me through the process a while ago as I must
> confess, It took me a while to understand it too and if not for Jonathan I
> might still be struggling it with. Having Jonathan to take everyone through
> it is impossible and having such module in fine details would help.
>  I would be happy to take a lead/work with any other person in putting
> together such a module as I believe it is very important.  I would also
> take a look at what NCUC has done and see how it can be improved. I would
> also discuss with Joanna and Alfredo in the next couple of days on how to
> move this forward
> Thank you
> AK
> On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, 06:48 Maureen Hilyard, <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear Team
>> Has anyone looked at the current ICANN Learn Policy writing course which
>> was developed by NCUC? It definitely highlighted an approach that was quite
>> different from our own. I was quite disappointed because I don't think that
>> it is useful in addressing the more inclusive fact-gathering, consensus
>> model of developing a statement that we use in At-Large and particularly by
>> the CPWG.  This process would be appropriate for a policy or a non-policy
>> issue.
>> But there was a good section that explained the purpose of the Public
>> Comment.
>> From an At-Large point of view, I wondered if our CB team could ensure
>> that an At-Large "public comment" course might focus more on the
>> methodology that is used by the CPWG where much time is spent on:
>> * participants from across the array of backgrounds within At-Large
>> offering their views after analysing the purpose of the request and the
>> resource material around the topic to sort out how a particular policy is
>> relevant to our section of ICANN - end-users
>> * herding the discussions in a way that gathers information while at the
>> same time tries to balance the various end-user perspectives into a
>> cohesive argument - this is an important task requiring some major skills,
>> for example:
>> 1) great moderation skills which are demonstrated well by Jonathan and
>> Olivier  esp keeping participant contributions focused, relevant and
>> non-repetitive
>> 2) seeking views from within the group from people who have the
>> appropriate level of knowledge and can articulate their views in such a way
>> that others can support or add further perspectives which might capture a
>> more directed approach to a statement that fits the enduser point of view
>> 3)  From among the many articulated views which have been captured by an
>> initial penholder or penholders, a small group may start moulding the
>> various perspectives  into a logical argument that will form the basis of a
>> consensus end-user viewpoint
>> 4) The draft statement is then presented to the CPWG for further
>> discussion and fine-tuning, to create a final statement. Several iterations
>> of this process may be required before the statement is complete.
>> * While developing the course it might be appropriate to offer some
>> examples of what each stage might entail, during the process of information
>> gathering, putting it into a presentation (or a series of presentations) to
>> collate all the different ideas and perspectives, then finalising the
>> statement. .
>> 5) One constraint on this process is the restrictive timeframe given by
>> the requestors with regards to the time allowed for this important
>> discussion, especially if it is of greater importance to the end-user
>> community. This has required single topic sessions on top of the already
>> assigned weekly sessions. This is a big commitment for volunteers.
>> 6) ICANN staff complete the statement document in preparation for its
>> delivery to the requestors of the comments, before ratification by the ALAC.
>> M
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