Technology

GMAP students receive a MacBook Air laptop (included in program cost)

After attending the in-person residencies, GMAP students continue their coursework and learning on our innovative online learning platform that combines asynchronous lectures with interactive discussion threads.

In short, this intuitive platform offers GMAP students the ability to continue learning together from any location and time zone.

During the internet-mediated studies portion of the academic year, students will be engaging daily with the online learning management system in order to access course readings, recorded lectures, assignments, Tufts University library databases, and the discussion boards.  Students are also able to download course materials and lectures (both video and audio options) for easy offline accessibility.

These discussion boards allow students and professors to continue the conversation and learning that began during the residencies. The platform was designed to facilitate these discussions, and bring the GMAP and Fletcher experience to students wherever they are based.

The beauty of these discussions boards is that it broadens the classroom experience beyond the 80-minute classroom time. Discussions go on for a week – and this gives students the time to think and digest the discussion. Introverts thrive, and international students for whom English is not a first language are able to better follow and contribute in the discussions.

GMAP's busy, mid-career students have different technology needs than on-campus students. To meet these needs, the program has dedicated technology staff just for GMAP students. During the residencies,the GMAP tech support staff help students master the technology skills necessary to complete the program: from helping students with setting up their MacBook Air laptop (included in program cost) to explaining the functionalities of the online learning platform. And throughout the program, the tech staff provide support as needed. The GMAP tech team is dedicated to taking care of students' technology needs, so they can focus on getting the most out of the GMAP year.

Preview a GMAP online lecture

You can experience one of GMAP's online recorded lectures, by watching the video below that features a portion of Dean Deborah Winslow Nutter's lecture on Woodrow Wilson from her Foreign Policy Leadership course.