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Purpose
  • Higher Ed (formal)
With the mission: “Learning Together to Transform the World”, Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) is a collaborative global partnership comprised of organizations, institutions, companies and volunteers to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities. Students are organised into virtual global classrooms, with 15 students for each course. Of the fifteen students, 8 to 10 countries are represented, with Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and local religions represented. As students learn together in the virtual classroom, the curriculum transformation integrates authors and literature representative of middle-eastern thought, western ideas, African theories, Asian principles, Latin American wisdom, etc. Two academic programmes were initially developed to serve students: The Diploma of Liberal Studies and Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLTs). The programmes were developed through input from refugees and host community members, and with input from JRS, faculty, and Universities. They were piloted on refugees and host community members in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya, and in the city of Amman, Jordan. Pilot sites were added in 2014 in Aleppo, Syria, Afghanistan, Thailand, and in Chad. Students are now enrolled in the Diploma program in Myanmar, and slated for 2015 are sites for CSLT in Chad with JRS and UNHCR, in Bendum, Philippines with our new partner APC; in Sri Lanka with JRS and the Province; and in Za’atari Camp, Jordan- Syria border with JRS and UNHCR. Partners of JC:HEM have donated computers, information systems and Blackboards to the pilot sites (camps).
Title Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins
Date launched 2010
Duration Ongoing
Purpose MOOCs
Type of Resource Other online courses
Online or Blended Blended
Learning objectives The Diploma of Liberal Studies and Community Service Learning provide an interdisciplinary approach to teaching a number of relevant skills for migrants and refugees, ranging from communication skills to team management, business studies, social impact and sustainability and literature/writing.
Target group Refugees and other potential higher education learners ‘on the margins’
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan Since 2010, more than 1,900 students have studied in JC:HEM programs, 28% of whom are women and 14% from the local populations. The goal is to ensure retention and completion rates of 80% or above with less than 10% attrition due to reasons other than resettlement. An alumni programme is established and the alumni activities, employment and further learning are reported on in the annual report. There is also an alumni coordinator onsite in two locations. End of course evaluations are embedded into each Diploma course for feedback from students and faculty. Response rates from faculty have been low so new strategies for completion are being pursued in 2016. New survey questions were tested in 2015 and were revised for 2016 to obtain more pertinent feedback. Course evaluation is one part of the JC:HEM research agenda. A doctoral assistantship was awarded through Gonzaga University to analyze all course feedback to date. Findings will guide revisions to the end of course survey.
Recognition or certification of learning JWL Academic Programmes includes both credit-bearing and certificate-level courses. Credit-bearing courses are offered with Regis University (USA). The Diploma in Liberal Studies is a 45 credit hour programme, resulting in a Diploma awarded by Regis University, which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. JWL also works with partnering universities to develop vocational curriculum that are awarded certificates based on the UNESCO standard of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Financing and sustainability model In 2010, a private donor supported JC:HEM as a three-year pilot project During the pilot phase, JC:HEM developed a “sustainable, scalable, transferrable model” (according to their website). Annual reports are published online and financial reports can be requested.
Leading Organization JC:HEM, foundation
Contact Person http://www.jc-hem.org/contact/

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