Here is a link to the landing page for Coursera for Refugees.
At a glance – and in the screen shot from the portal on the right – you will see how to sign up and the benefits of doing so. There is a separate link to sign up for the Global Translator Community for volunteer interpreters to help translate Coursera courses into refugee languages.
Where to Start?
Higher strongly recommends that you first open the application, which includes additional information you’ll need in order to consider how your agency will proceed. Here are three important points we learned by reviewing the application.
1. There are minimum client requirements for eligibility. Organizations with fewer than 50 refugees with middle- to high-skills and the ability to complete courses in English will not be eligible for financial aid for organizations. It might make sense to explore with other agencies in your community or at the national resettlement agency level. You could also consider promoting individual financial aid for qualified refugees instead.
2. Technology access is required. Internet connectivity and IT resources are required to participate and to afford meaningful access. That doesn’t mean that you have to have a computer lab to participate. You might partner with a library, Goodwill computer lab or other community resource. Refugees might have their own technology and connectivity, too. Coursera courses are mobile optimized.
3. After 12 months, there may be costs to continue. There is a modest reporting commitment and the financial aid expires after 12 months. This means it’s important to develop a plan before you apply, so you make the best use of the 12 month access period.
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are already making plans or have an organizational financial aid package already. We really want to hear how this looks on the ground.