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  • Social inclusion
  • Teacher training
  • Infrastructure

This course is 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 contents of this MOOC have theoretical, pedagogical and practical aspects, and present case studies of different MOOC application scenarios in four European countries (Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK).

The course 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 and acquire relevant knowledge and best practices.

This MOOC forms part of the ERASMUS+ project MOONLITE (Massive Open Online courses eNhancing Linguistic and Transversal skills for social inclusion and Employability; ref. no.: 2016-1-ES01-KA203-025731; ( which runs from 2016 to 2019. Although the project is finished, the course remains open as a self-study course.

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 educational and social European contexts illustrating different types of problems and solutions that people considering the use of MOOCs with refugees and migrants might face.

It requires approximately 25 hours of study time. The topics are the following:

  • Module 0: Presentation of the course, its educational context and the MOONLITE project.
  • Module 1: Introduction. Contextualization 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 European higher education institutions.
  • Module 3: Case studies part 2. Analysis of the application of MOOCs for displaced persons in two other higher education institutions.
  • Module 4: The 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.

It is a self-study course and the course content is based on video and readings.

Title The value of developing and using MOOCs for refugees and migrants in the European context
Date launched 4th ed. Permanently open as an OER since 12/01/2022
Status (Ongoing, forthcoming) Ongoing
Type of Resource
  • MOOC
  • Teacher training
  • Social Inclusion
  • Infrastructure
Online or Blended Online
Learning outcomes
  • 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 learning specifics 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 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 in the context of higher education institutions for refugees, and migrants.
Target group

This MOOC is 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.

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, thereby contributing to an inclusive higher education system.
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan It is a self-study course. Registered participants can access all the materials free of charge. This course has been left permanently open as an open educational resource to be consulted but the forum will not be attended since the course is not live.
Learning assessment Self-evaluation
Recognition or certification of learning The course is free. However, to receive a certificate or badge, there is a fee.
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Location (online)
  • Learning outcomes
Financing and sustainability model

The initiative is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The future plans for financing and sustainability is that the course will remain as an Open Educational Resources (OER) in the UNED Abierta platform, MOOC platform from UNED, coordinators of the project.

Leading Organization UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain
Contact Person

Timothy Read. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beatriz Sedano Cuevas. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain