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Free digital learning opportunities for migrants and refugees: an analysis of current initiatives and recommendation for their use

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  • Elizabeth Colucci

    (European University Association)

  • Hanne Smidt

    (European University Association)

  • Axelle Devaux

    (RAND Europe)

  • Charalambos Vrasidas

    (Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (CARDET))

  • Malaz Safarjalani
  • Jonatan Castaño Muñoz

    (European Commission – JRC)

Abstract

The final report of MOOCs4inclusion, designed and financed by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, summarises the research conducted for a five-month study (July-December 2016) on the efficiency and efficacy of free digital learning (FDL) offers for the integration, inclusion and further learning of migrants and refugees in Europe and in neighbourhood regions in conflict. Drawing from a literature review, focus groups with migrant/refugees (third country nationals in Europe) and interviews with representatives of selected FDL initiatives, the report assesses the success factors and limitations of FDL and draws conclusions for enhancing its efficiency and efficacy. The report also proposes a categorisation of FDL offers according to their design and purposes. Emphasis is placed on initiatives that take a ‘blended’ (online and face-to-face) and ‘facilitated’ (support services and mentoring) approach, as this was found to be optimal by both users of FDL and providers. General recommendations are provided for how the European Union and other interested actors can invest in this field, enhance synergies and design effective and efficient FDL offers for migrants/refugees in the future.

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  • Elizabeth Colucci & Hanne Smidt & Axelle Devaux & Charalambos Vrasidas & Malaz Safarjalani & Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, 2017. "Free digital learning opportunities for migrants and refugees: an analysis of current initiatives and recommendation for their use," JRC Working Papers JRC106146, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc106146
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    migration; refugees; open education MOOCs; free digital learning; e-learning;
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