In the 2020-2021 academic year, I-GMAP will begin expanding its focus on educator training into the virtual realm. Based on the ongoing success of its Faculty Development program, through which Binghamton University faculty from a diversity of disciplines have been trained to integrate an atrocity prevention lens into their courses, I-GMAP will seek to scale up this program through the creation of online modules.
I-GMAP will be among the first at Binghamton University to take advantage of the newly approved micro-credentialing program. According the university description of the program:
A micro-credential is a program designed to give access to a particular skill set in a shorter or more adaptable time frame than a traditional university course or degree program. They are more narrowly focused and reflect a specific competency, which is displayed through the badge. Micro-credentials offer the opportunity to continue building on your education, as well as adding to your portfolio and improve your standing within the academic world.
I-GMAP will develop micro-credentials for university-level educators, training and certifying them to incorporate atrocity prevention education into the courses they are already offering. The program will be piloted with faculty members at Binghamton University and other SUNY campuses, with the goal of eventually expanding these offerings to universities across the United States and around the world. This new online program will be developed by the entire I-GMAP team and will be administered by its new Assistant Professor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Dr. Kerry Whigham.
To date, I-GMAP is the first university institution to train university educators to incorporate atrocity prevention into their home disciplines, and we look forward to scaling up this pioneering effort so that exponentially more students can be exposed to an atrocity prevention lens as they proceed through their university education.