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In The News: “Jesuit Commons” Online Course Reaches Refugee Camps

Libby A. Nelson reports at Inside Higher Ed today about the efforts of the Jesuit Commons online course program to bring bring free university courses to refugee camps in Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia.  Here is a sample:

“One of the most remote outposts of Jesuit higher education is tucked away in dusty northwest Kenya, in a place whose name means “Nowhere” in Swahili.

“There, at Kakuma Refugee Camp, a small group of students — refugees from several neighboring African countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia — are enrolled in online courses taught by 28 Jesuit colleges, mostly in the United States.

“The courses are part of Jesuit Commons, a project that seeks to bring courses from the order’s universities to refugee camps worldwide. So far, the program has enrolled about 225 students at three camps in a diploma track that will eventually lead to a credential from Regis University, a Jesuit college in Colorado with a well-established online presence; more than 350 students have participated in service learning courses intended to give them knowledge they use while still at the refugee camps.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/27/jesuit-universities-offer-online-courses-refugee-camps#ixzz2OkQ364UF
Inside Higher Ed

Posted by Joe Creech

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