Kiron publishes Academic Quality Handbook
Kiron has published a handbook about its academic processes and quality standards. This document is intended for partners to understand what principles guide the creation and implementation of Kiron’s MOOC-based curricula. The handbook will also be relevant to interested higher education experts.
Kiron’s role as an intermediary between refugee students and higher education institutions demands an academic working culture based on transparency and communication. This handbook is designed to be a living document, informing partners and interested experts about Kiron’s design of MOOC-based study tracks and our interpretation and adaption of existing quality standards available in the European Higher Education Area.
Kiron’s academic work is based on four major pillars: 1) Implementation of International Standards, 2) Cooperation and Partnerships, 3) Transparency and Communication and 4) Constant Development. The Quality Handbook documents and presents these pillars in detail. Moreover, the publication describes the major processes implemented to create and maintain Kiron Study Tracks as well as facilitate the recognition of Kiron modules by higher education institutions.
The development of this handbook began as part of the project INTEGRAL², sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Thanks to the generous support of Bertelsmann Foundation, Kiron was able to invite leading experts and partners to build upon the first draft version and guide the editing and revision process.
As Kiron further develops its academic product, this Handbook will be updated on a regular basis to implement current research and reflect new processes and feedback from partners and experts. Currently, Kiron plans on updating the document annually and wants to call upon interested parties to discuss and share their feedback.