About This Course
This course is about the application of MOOCs for displaced people (refugees and migrants) with a view to their social inclusion, employment, and accessing higher education. The contents of this MOOC have theoretical, pedagogical and practical dimensions, and present case studies of different MOOC application scenarios, in four different countries (Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK).
It deals with the different aspects of this process so that anyone working with refugees and migrants, or considering doing so, can understand the benefits and difficulties of using MOOCs with them, and obtain the knowledge and best practices that are effective.
For anyone (teachers, researchers, social workers, people from educational authorities, those at MOOC providers, associations and foundations, support groups, and other NGOs) who is interested in the design, development, and application of MOOCs for displaced people in a situation of vulnerability, in order to help improve their social inclusion and employability.
The MOOC is also of interest to anyone who wants to develop or use MOOCs in a more inclusive way. The starting point are migrants and refugees but concepts and practices apply to inclusive approaches in general. I.e, how MOOCs can be designed and applied for a broader audience contributing to an inclusive higher education system.
To help all interested parties gain a better understanding of the problems that refugees have and how MOOCs can be used to help them.
To familiarize MOOC providers with the concept of refugees, migrants and support groups (associations, foundations and NGOs).
To help support groups gain awareness of open education, especially that related to the development of linguistic skills and entrepreneurial skills.
To provide a better understanding of how MOOCs are developed/executed and their underlying business model.
To create a dialogue between MOOC providers and support groups around how to exploit open education for higher education institutions, refugees, and migrants.
Module 0: Presentation of the course, its educational context, and the MOONLITE Project.
Module 1: Introduction. Contextualization of the panorama of open and online education for displaced people related to language learning and employability.
Module 2: Case studies part 1. Analysis of the application of MOOCs for displaced people and students in two of the higher education institutions.
Module 3: Case studies part 2. Analysis of the application of MOOCs for displaced persons in two more of the higher education institutions.
Module 4: The development and application of a cost-benefit analysis tool to the triple-bottom line of MOOC applications: economic profitability, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Module 5: Synthesis of the best practices of the application of inclusive MOOCs.
The MOONLITE Project
This MOOC forms part of the ERASMUS+ project MOONLITE (Massive Open Online courses eNhancing Linguistic and Transversal skills for social inclusion and Employability; 2016-1-ES01-KA203-025731; http://moonliteproject.eu). While the project has been funded with support from the European Commission, its content reflects only the views of its authors. Neither the Commission nor the national funding agency can be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
The project team is led by researchers from UNED (www.uned.es) and has a team with members from: ESCP Europe Business School (www.escpeurope.eu/berlin), the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU; https://eadtu.eu/), the Knowledge Innovation Centre (www.knowledgeinnovation.eu), Linnaeus University (https://lnu.se/en/), University of Wolverhampton (www.wlv.ac.uk), and Web2Learn (www.web2learn.eu).
The scenarios presented in this MOOC have been provided by the higher education institution project members, namely: ESCP in Germany, Linnaeus University in Sweden, the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, and UNED in Spain. As such, they represent four different educational and social contexts, illustrating different types of problems and solutions that people wanting to use MOOCs with refugees and migrants might face.