When: Wednesday 27 February, 15.30-16.30 CET

Where: Online via Adobe Connect (link to the meeting room will be sent to all registered participants 1-2 days before the webinar)

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Description

As part of the MOONLITE project we developed a MOOC about the application of MOOCs for displaced people (refugees and migrants) with a view to their social inclusion, employment, and access to higher education. The course has just finished and has dealt 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 and acquire relevant knowledge and best practices.

This MOOC was intended for anyone (teachers, researchers, social workers, educational authorities, people at MOOC providers, associations and foundations, support groups, and other NGOs) 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. It was also intended to be 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, thereby contributing to an inclusive higher education system.

During this webinar some of the key issues for MOOCs for displaced people will be summarized. Subsequently, the webinar will firstly focus on whether the practical realities of taking part in this course have helped people understand the range of issues included in the course. Secondly, after having finishing this MOOC, what do the participants think about the suitability of these courses to help with social inclusion.

This webinar is organised by the Erasmus+ project MOONLITE. Supported by EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities), OpenupEd, EMPOWER, UNED, Linnaeus University and NVL (Nordic Network for Adult learning).

The Erasmus+ project MOONLITE (Massive Open Online courses eNhancing LInguistic and Transversal skills for social inclusion and Employability) aims to address the question of how open education, in particular MOOCs, can offer viable solutions for refugees and contribute to better integration and improved employment prospects. You can find out more about our project on our web site: https://moonliteproject.eu.

Speakers

Darco Jansen

Darco Jansen

Darco Jansen is programme manager at the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). He is responsible for development of different long term themes for EADTU on Online Education, MOOCs and OER, Employability, Lifelong Learning and Virtual Mobility. He worked for over 20 years at the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands in different management positions. Since 2012 he coordinated and participated in over 10 European projects. During recent years his focus was to stimulate and demonstrate a strong MOOC uptake in Europe. In this context, Darco is the coordinator of the first pan European MOOC initiative OpenupEd, coordinator and partner of several European MOOC projects!

Timothy Read

Timothy Read

Timothy Read is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Languages and Systems at UNED, Spain. He has held a range of positions in the university government at UNED and is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor of Methodology and Technology. He is an EDEN Fellow and also the cofounder of the ATLAS research group and and is currently working in European and nationally funded projects in the area of mobile assisted language learning (MALL) and massive open online courses for languages (LMOOCs).

Participants from the MOOC will be invited to take part in this webinar to share their experience of the course with us.

Alastair Creelman

Alastair Creelman

Moderator

E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is involved in several national and international projects and organisations in the field of e-learning, including the MOONLITE project.

Twitter: @alacre
Blog: Corridor of uncertainty - reflections on technology and education