Connected Higher Education in Crisis Contexts Webinar (July)

We are pleased to invite you to our monthly Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts series, taking place online on Wednesday 20th July 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 BST. The events are held by the Open University UK in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Presentation Title: How do we reach learners in environments with limited connectivity?

Presenters:
Dr Kris Stutchbury, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Languages (WELS), The Open University
Dr Mark Gaved, Institute of Educational Technology (IET), The Open University

Abstract:
Digital and networked technologies can enhance teaching and learning, but not everybody is well connected. This is particularly true of learners in low- to middle-income countries and other marginalised learners who can experience technological, economic, social and even legal barriers to accessing resources and interacting with others online. However, there is widespread access to networked devices (principally smartphones).

In our presentation, we talk about two approaches that have enabled teachers and district officials in Zambia Continue reading

Connected Higher Education in Crisis Contexts Webinar (June)

Connected Higher Education in Crisis Contexts Webinar
What is the impact of connected higher education programmes on refugee learners?
Wednesday 1st June (14:00 – 15:00 BST)
Link to Recording

We are pleased to invite you to our monthly Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts series, taking place online on Wednesday 1st June 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 BST. The events are held by the Open University UK in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Longitudinal Impact Study: Preliminary Findings and Research Reflections
HaEun Kim and Mohamed Duale – Borderless Higher Education for Refugees, York University, Canada

This presentation will introduce the preliminary findings of a collaborative research project mapping the holistic impact of blended tertiary programs through the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project for refugee and locals in Northeast Kenya. Findings from this study will demonstrate the scope of impact of connected learning programs in areas of employment, continued learning, as well as individual and communal attitudes towards education from students who have engaged with BHER programs between 2014 and present. Reflections on the cross-continental research collaborations between a Kenyan iNGO, refugee-led CBO, and Canadian university will also be shared.

For more information about this series of events please get in touch with Dr Koula Charitonos, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University at koula.charitonos at open.ac.uk or Francis Randle, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR at RANDLE at UNHCR.org.

If you would like to be sent a meeting request for these events please contact openTEL.

Webinar Series: Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts (May)

We are pleased to invite you to our monthly Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts series, taking place online on Wednesday 4th May 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 BST. The events are held by the Open University UK in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Topic: How can we design for Connected Higher Education in refugee settings? Online – MS Teams
Link to Recording

Presentations from:
IDEL group  – Instructional Design for e-Learning, CLCC
Learning Design Team, Open University

Bios

Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz
Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz is the Chief Executive Officer of Centreity and the co-lead for the Instructional Design for E-Learning (IDEL) working group of the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC). Continue reading

Webinar Series April: Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts

The second Connected Higher Education in Crisis contexts series, will be taking place online on Wednesday 6th April 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 British Summer Time. These events are held by the Open University UK in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Presentations and Panel Discussion: Supporting Educators of refugees

Presentation 1: Teaching and learning with EdTech for refugee young people
Joel Mitchell (EdTech Hub, Jigsaw Consult), Rozina Zazai (Jigsaw), Katrina Barnes (Jigsaw), Amy Ashlee (REUK), Giulia Clericetti (REUK)

In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EdTech Hub commissioned a rapid evidence review (RER) on educational technology in refugee contexts in low- and middle-income contexts. The RER aimed to synthesise key learnings from the available literature to support and inform educational responses during COVID-19. The authors, alongside one of Jigsaw’s Research Assistants based in Pakistan, will present key findings from and evidence gaps identified by this RER. They will focus on one of the RER’s key themes: supporting educators of refugees. They will then present findings from recent research on teaching and learning for refugee girls and young women in Pakistan during COVID-19. This recent research builds on evidence gaps identified by the RER and sheds light on teachers’ and educators’ interactions with EdTech during Covid-19-related school closures in refugee contexts.  Continue reading

Launch of Monthly Webinar Series: Connected Higher Education in crisis contexts

Connected Higher Education in crisis contexts monthly webinar,
9th March, 14:00 – 15:00 (UK)

Join us for the launch of this new webinar series in collaboration with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Presentations by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Jian Xi Teng and Marie Macauley.

Presentation: A landscape review of innovative technology in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons,
Jian Xi Teng

Abstract
While information and communication technologies (ICTs), from radio to computers, have long been used in education, there is limited evidence of how effective they are in literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The presentation will present the findings from UIL’s forthcoming report that examines the global landscape through a combination of a literature review and analysis of 25 programmes from around the world that have used ICT innovatively in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and IDPs. It responds to the following three questions:  Continue reading