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


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). Ms. Bonfini-Hotlosz skillset blends cognitive learning, learning design, and systems thinking with technical and higher ed policy expertise to provide strategic implementation and delivery of curriculum across the globe. She collaborates across government, NGOs, private, and educational sectors to provide high-quality, immersive connected learning. She has overseen the construction of learning centers in eighteen countries, delivering connected learning in extreme low resource contexts. With 20 years of research in transformational pedagogical models, she spearheaded the development of a pedagogical framework that uses design-thinking as a central theme for learner-centered curriculum development. She began her career as a full-time, tenured faculty of Computer Science and continues to teach for Georgetown University in the Masters for Technology Management program. As chief executive officer for Centreity, she leads a passionate team committed to removing barriers to accessing education.

Carrie Bauer
Dr. Carrie Bauer is an instructional designer for Education for Humanity (E4H) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Co-Lead for the Instructional Design for E-Learning team (IDEL), a working group of the Connected Learning and Crisis Consortium (CLCC). She has extensive experience in leading teams that implement innovative solutions to tackle higher education issues for a diverse set of learners, including spearheading the international team that created and conducted the IDEL training in conjunction with UNHCR and the Ministry of Higher Education for Jordan in 2019, and with the Al Ghurair Foundation for Education in 2021 and 2022. At ASU, Dr. Bauer works across multiple units, institutions, and organizations to devise user-centric ways to bring higher education programmes to refugees in camps, settlements and urban centers around the world.

For an invitation please contact openTEL@open.ac.uk