Study Together, Succeed Together: Kiron organizes its second Study Weekend for some of its most ambitious students.
The educational approach at Kiron Open Higher Education focusses on digital teaching and learning. Our educational model combines asynchronous MOOCs with synchronous live tutorials offered by our Direct Academics program in order to make sure that refugees from anywhere in the world are able to gain access to higher education and be as successful as possible in their new digital learning environment.
Within the INTEGRAL² project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), carried out with our partners RWTH Aachen and FH Lübeck, we have also started piloting offline tutorials with a focus on the preparation for examinations in a host country language, in this case German. After a successful pilot in March 2017, we were excited to gather some of our most ambitious students for another weekend in Berlin on August 4-6, 2017 The weekend was also accompanied by focus groups carried out by e-learning expert Gabi Witthaus, who supports us in continuously improving our educational approaches and quality assurance measures.
Fourteen Kiron students and two very dedicated volunteer tutors from our INTEGRAL² partner RWTH Aachen came to Berlin from all over Germany to study together with a focus on our Business & Economics and Mechanical Engineering study tracks, as well as socialize and get to know more members of the Kiron family. A dinner on Friday night at the Kiron office provided the students with the opportunity to meet not only some of their fellow peers but also Kiron employees, interns and volunteers, who are usually only in virtual contact with our students. These occasions of coming together with young women and men passionate for education and following their dreams despite all odds are the most valuable rewards for our daily work.
The core activities of Friday and Saturday were in-depth sessions preparing our students for German examinations in Business & Economics as well as Mechanical Engineering based on MOOCs developed within INTEGRAL² and provided through RWTHx on our partner platform edX. As English is the first foreign language for most of our students and also the primary language of the Kiron study program,, these optional courses and tutorials prove to be especially challenging even for some of our most ambitious students. However,a couple of our students had already successfully participated in the previous examinations in March and served as ideal role models for their peers during the weekend.
"The Study Weekend helped me a lot to revise the whole subject" Kiron Student
We are already planning to host our third Study Weekend within INTEGRAL² this September that will have a focus on introductions to our study programmes as well as clear expectation management for early stage students. Additionally, we plan to organise a transfer weekend for students who are ready to apply to a regular university.
"I wish there will be Study weekends like this in real universities later on when I transfer there." Kiron Student