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Kiron: Virtual Mobility for Refugees


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Virtual Mobility for Refugees by Renata Suter, Kiron.

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Kiron: Virtual Mobility for Refugees

  1. 1. EADTU Peer Learning Activity - Virtual Mobility, Maastricht – December 12, 2018 Renata Suter, Kiron Open Higher Education @suter_renata Virtual Mobility for Refugees
  2. 2. Higher Education is one of the key factors for self-empowerment and integration, but less than 1% of refugees attend university (compared to 34% of youth globally) due to four barriers: Costs Many refugees cannot afford regular universities’ tuition fees Source: UNHCR Legal Lack of clear legal status; high school certificates are often not yet accredited in the host country College Capacity Many regular universities do not have the capacity to take in significant numbers of refugee students Language Many refugees do not yet fulfill the language requirements at regular universities 2
  3. 3. 2015 GERMANY JORDAN partner universities with Status: Aug 2018 LEBANON Kiron Open Higher Education is a non-profit start-up addressing a social challenge through scalable technology VISION A world in which everyone has the equal chance to access and succeed in higher education. MISSION Kiron enables access to higher education and successful learning for refugees through digital solutions. Founded in different countries 58 cooperation agreements across 8 offices in4 countries3 3
  4. 4. Through the Kiron model, refugees can overcome barriers and access higher education from anywhere in the world: Costs No up-front tuition fees for students Legal Official documents not required to start studying at Kiron College Capacity Capacity increase through blended learning Language Online content in multiple languages; support for language study 4
  5. 5. Social Work Political Science Kiron Students Computer Science Business & Economics Mechanical Engineering Study tracks: 3664 STUDENTS 18% 82% Female Male 38% 29,5% 13% 10,5% 9% Study tracks popularity: 5 6,5% 26,5% 34% 20% 5% 15-20 20-25 25-30 30-35 40+ 8% 35-40 Most common countries of origin: Syria Afghanistan Somalia Others 41,7% 9% 6% 43,3%
  6. 6. What is Kiron’s Academic Model? 6
  7. 7. Kiron’s innovative approach to teaching combines digital and traditional learning The remainder at OFFLINE university Enrolment for the remaining semesters leading up to an accredited Bachelor’s degree at a university Application for transfer & recognition of up to 60 ECTS Digital application process to Kiron Preparational courses & modules (optional) Specific modules for chosen study track Language course ONLINE & BLENDED studies at Kiron 7 University transfer Lifelong learning Certificates
  8. 8. ONLINE study phase with Kiron 8
  9. 9. Kiron’s Student Journey Orientation, Admission & Onboarding Study Activity & Study Success Transfer Guidance & Transfer Success Application “Am I eligible?” Discovery “Is Kiron right for me?” Active Studying Participation in Courses, Forum & Tutorials Module Completions Progress along the chosen Kiron Study Track Transfer Readiness Progress along transfer requirements Uni Application Get accepted by partner Uni & recognize Kiron credits Onboarding “How does online learning at Kiron work?” 9
  10. 10. Language learning opportunities offered in different formats, support students in learning the language of their host countries as well as English. Modules complemented by Direct Academics tutorials, i.e. live online sessions where students meet instructors and fellow students. Study groups offer Kiron students a virtual study environment where the students can meet to study together and provide peer-to- peer support. While at Kiron, students have access to a plethora of services supporting their academic learning 10 Modularized curriculum composed of carefully selected MOOCs coming from different MOOC platforms.
  11. 11. 11 How studying online looks like: Kiron Campus
  12. 12. 12 Module Card
  13. 13. 13 Platform Provider
  14. 14. OFFLINE study phase at a university 14
  15. 15. University Guidance (aka Transfer) GOAL: Inform, empower, motivate, support, and enable students throughout the application process FOR WHOM: Students who have completed the equivalent of high school and are interested in applying to university 1. The transfer team schedules a “call” to get more information about students’ situation and interests 2. Team offers individualized guidance & assistance to figure best route to higher education 3. Team follows up through additional calls and emails as needed HOW: 15
  16. 16. 16 Recognition of prior learning
  17. 17. How can Kiron assure the Quality for MOOC-based curricula? 17
  18. 18. Quality Assurance text text Collaboration & Partnerships Transparency & Communication Continuous Development International Standards 18 Kiron’s Quality Assurance approach
  19. 19. Next step: implementation of cyclical external QA → Certification of Kiron Study Tracks by Accreditation Agency 19 ESG 2015 by ENQA 1. Policy for Quality Assurance 2. Design and Approval of Programmes 3. Student- centered Learning, Teach- ing & Assessment 4. Admission, Progression, Recognition & Certification 5. Teaching Staff6. Learning Resources and Student Support 7. Information Management 8. Public Information 9. On-going monitoring & periodic review of programmes 10. Cyclical external Quality Assurance International Standards Kiron Quality Policy Clear processes for “Design and Maintenance of Kiron Study Tracks” Kiron Core Curricula highly student centered plus extra support for student learning process (Kiron DA Tutorials) Kiron Navigator, open admission, onboarding process, Student Handbook and Transfer process Quality assurance of MOOC teaching, plus DA Tutorials produced by KironFree course access & additional learning resources Evaluation by partner institutions and students Information via Kiron Navigator, Kiron Campus, Student Handbook and website Regular feedback and review-cycles Study Track certified accreditation by 2019
  20. 20. Transparency & Communication 20
  21. 21. Module catalogues shared with partner universities Learning Agreement (LA) Students satisfy university entrance qualification and apply to partner university Comparison of Kiron modules with partner university’s modules Partner university recognises Kiron modules (as agreed in LA) 1 2 3 4 5 6 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Collaboration & Partnerships 21
  22. 22. 22 Continuous Development
  23. 23. 23  Presents Kiron’s principles and processes for curriculum development and partnership with higher education institutions Quality Handbook Curriculum
  24. 24. Partnering with other organizations providing connected learning in crisis 24
  25. 25. 25 Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium Objectives are to: • Coordinate efforts and collaborate on the provision of Higher Education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning; • Develop innovative and good practice, quality standards and sustainable and potentially scalable solutions; • Develop, share and disseminate scientific evidence and M&E models respectful of humanitarian principles; • Raise awareness and advocate for connected learning in higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement; and • Develop and share innovative pedagogical approaches to delivering technology-supported connected learning.
  26. 26. 26 CLCC’s Standing Committees, i.e. on Accreditation Current fields of action include: • Map digital student data depositories (national, regional, global), relevant IT building blocks, data protection requirements and possible constraints for refugee contexts • Investigate how members process academic credits within their institutions • Share best practices on digital portfolio development and documentation of prior learning and credentials • Map digital student portfolios (university- specific) and evaluate their potential to support employability Quality Guidelines Playbook, 2018
  27. 27. 27 Thank you EADTU Peer Learning Activity - Virtual Mobility, Maastricht – December 12, 2018 Renata Suter, Kiron Open Higher Education @suter_renata