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The MIT Refugee Action (ReACT) Certificate Program was created to bring high caliber educational opportunities to talented refugees and other displaced individuals where they live. This new program leverages MIT’s multi-mode approach by combining in-person and on-line learning with practical training: a blended learning experience. Our students follow a one year curriculum in computer and data sciences, with further emphasis in innovation and entrepreneurship. By unlocking and addressing the academic, social and technical development needs of students on a global scale, ReACT opens new pathways for otherwise lost talent.
Title MIT Refugee Action Hub
Date launched 2017
Duration Ongoing
Type of Resource MOOC / Digital Resources / Online Course
Purpose Employment
Online or Blended Blended
Learning objectives Mastery of MIT level edX and Edraak courses in computer and data sciences; Developing advanced skill-set in leadership, solution-finding, and entrepreneurship; Students should be able to recognize and analyze challenges, articulate and craft a start-up platform and pitch the economic and social implications of their project; Students will be able to identify and engage with an ecosystems of collaboration and technical.
Target group Refugees, displaced populations, host country citizens
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan ReACT students are held to the same evaluation standards as MIT students. In-person course-work and participation are evaluated by ReACT staff and visiting MIT faculty. Online coursework (edX, Edraak, Paper Airplanes) is evaluated based on pre-determined MITx course rubrics. Students progress is monitored on a weekly basis by ReACT staff and work output reviewed by Community TA’s. Internship oversight and monitoring is conducted by organizational mentors and MIT staff Skype Check-Ins with students. Their cumulative progress, work participation and effort is reviewed in preparation for graduation and certification in January 2018.
Recognition or certification of learning Certificate of completion offered by MIT
Financing and sustainability model Additional philanthropic funding as well as development of a corporate consortium model
Leading Organization MIT
Contact Person Robert Fadel
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Lauren Benner
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