As of today, in cooperation with edX, the online educational provider Kiron has launched kironX. Under the kironX label, Kiron and its partner universities will produce high quality online courses and make them easily accessible on edx.org. This innovative learning model provides refugees and learners across the globe with access to higher education, with the first kironX course being ready for all learners to start studying.
Kiron is the world’s first online learning platform that provides refugees with an unbureaucratic access to higher education and successful learning through digital solutions. The renowned “Massive Open Online Course” (MOOC) platform edX, founded jointly by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been a reliable partner to Kiron since April 2016. Kiron has been embedding various edX courses in its five study tracks from the very beginning, and these have been enthusiastically accepted by Kiron students.
Moreover, our partner edX issues free verified certificates for our students which translate into college credits, paving the way for the students to complete an accredited Bachelor’s degree at one of our partner universities. Now, in thanks to kironX, this fruitful cooperation has been taken to the next level.
Kiron is thrilled to announce that it has become a member of the world-wide edX open online learning community, alongside with more than 110 renowned universities such as Oxford, RWTH Aachen, and numerous organizations, which have enabled access to education for more than 11 million learners to this day. In modern higher education, MOOCs are a game-changer. Being free of charge and administrative barriers as well as independent of place and time, they present a sustainable response to challenges of making education equally accessible to everyone. With the largest number of refugees since the Second World War (UNHCR), the need for innovative digital learning models is greater than ever. Many of the displaced women and men are both qualified and eager to study. By providing an even better modularized curriculum to these students through course content tailored to our Blended Learning 2.0 model, Kiron aims to enhance educational and career prospects for refugees.
The first course offered under kironX, available on edX.org, is created by our partner university Fachhochschule Lübeck. The course, Computer Networks and the Internet, is designed to give learners the knowledge of how computer networks function, as well as how they apply to the Internet as a whole. As part of the research and development project INTEGRAL² – Integration and Participation of Refugees in the Context of Digital Teaching and Learning Scenarios – funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the course is open for enrollment since its launch on June 28, 2017.
Kiron is honored to deepen its partnership with edX and to continue working towards equal chances to access to higher education for refugees. Hila Azadzoy, Head of Academic Partnerships and founding member of Kiron, confirms: “Today’s launch of our first MOOC is a major milestone for Kiron – as a member of the international edX community, we now have the opportunity to get further involved in the space of innovative and digital education. Together with our partner universities, we are making high-quality learning available to both our students and learners worldwide. In order to democratize our shared vision of education, we look forward to future cooperations with edX and our partner universities”.
Kiron is looking for new university partners to join Kiron in its mission to provide vulnerable communities with access to education through digital solutions, by developing unique high-quality material – MOOCs – available to users worldwide. Through the partnership with kironX, academic partners have an opportunity to promote teaching and improve on pedagogy, attract international students globally, while fostering clear profile and reputation.
Besides mentioned above, Kiron partners have a unique opportunity to:
- Become part of a prestigious and exclusive network
- Drive innovation and being at the forefront of digitization
- Generate greater global institutional visibility
- Impact and contribute to refugee cause
- Gain access to edX capacity-building support and training
- Obtain access to learners data
- Have an opportunity to develop both SPOCs and MOOCs for a low participation fee, among others.