Sphere’s newly released e-learning course “Sphere in Practice” supports students, humanitarian professionals and anyone who wishes to learn about humanitarian standards in an interactive and engaging way.
Sphere in Practice is free of charge; available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic; and is available in two formats: You can study at your own pace, completing all lessons in 8-10 hours in total, or attend a massive online open course (MOOC) which includes assignments, moderated discussion forums and interactive webinars (subject to availability). Being part of the MOOC will help you exchange with fellow students, discuss with expert practitioners, expand your network and make the most of your learning experience.
The online training is based on the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook and reflects the major challenges currently faced by the sector. It features realistic examples from complex and protracted crises, a range of settlement scenarios including urban settings, and covers many topics including Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). Dynamic links to the Interactive Handbook will help you connect these scenarios to the guidance provided by Sphere standards.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or read the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Yes, Sphere in Practice is entirely free of charge. All you need is an internet connection.
The new course references the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook and includes dynamic links to the Interactive Handbook.
Compared to the old course, Sphere in Practice reflects the same changes between the 2011 and 2018 editions of the Sphere Handbook. For example, the course scenarios are more representative of current humanitarian crises; covering complex, protracted crises with less focus given to sudden-onset disasters compared to the old course. Similarly, a range of settlement scenarios (including urban settings) are covered with less focus on formal camp settings.
The new course has a brand-new Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) topic, and a new section describing the critical difference between standards and targets, which must not be overlooked.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
The Sphere in Practice self-paced course represents around 8 to 10 hours of study. Subject to availability, the new course can also be taken as a massive open online course (MOOC), which adds a further 8 to 10 hours of study time split between live webinars and moderated discussion forums. The first edition of the MOOC took place between March and May 2021.
Sphere in Practice is currently available as a self-paced online course in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. Other versions may follow (contact us for more information!).
Yes! This new course replaces the “Sphere Handbook in Action” course, which was accessed by over 40,000 people since release in 2013. Sphere in Practice borrows some elements from the previous course, but most of the content is new or significantly refreshed. So, even if your already passed the old course, please don’t hesitate to study the new one.
Yes. All those who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion.
We certainly hope so. The Sphere office will be encouraging, supporting and enabling our partners around the world to run the Sphere in Practice MOOC. If this could be you, please get in touch!