Coursera for Refugees: Here NOW

courseraCoursera and the Department of State have partnered to offer Coursera for Refugees as part of a larger White House private sector engagement initiative.

Read more in a previous Higher post or in a recent article in U.S. News if you aren’t already excited about the opportunity this presents for refugees.

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 5.10.21 PMHere 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 information@higheradvantage.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.

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Coursera for Refugees: Coming Soon

CourseCourserara, the largest open online education provider, and the U.S. Department of State have partnered to create Coursera for Refugees. This excellent resource is part of a larger White House private sector engagement intiative.

With this exciting new opportunity, an unlimited number of non-profits that work with refugees will be able to apply for at least one year of group financial aid.

Partner non-profits will be able to support refugees in quickly building career skills and gaining recognizable certificates through access to the 1,000+ Coursera courses offered by schools like Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, and IE Business School. Coursera is mobile optimized, which means refugees can access courses on their mobile devices.

Click here to browse the entire curriculum. Some of the courses include:

  • Your Future Job in Medicine and HealthCare
  • Job Interviews Capstone Course
  • 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know
  • Speak English Professionally (subtitled in Persian!)
  • English for Career Engagement

Coursera for Refugees will also include organizational support services for partner non-profits, such as learner engagement data, private communication forms, and dedicated Coursera technical support.

Higher wasn’t able to find details about how we can sign up. Stay tuned.  And thanks to blog reader Matt Chaterdon at USCCB for finding the original announcement.

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