Kepler & SNHU attend Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium meeting in Amman

View of Amman

Last week members from the Kepler & Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) teams participated in the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) workshop in Amman, Jordan.

The CLCC aims to promote, coordinate, collaborate and support the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning by sharing and disseminating knowledge, experience and evidence;developing innovative and good practice; and ensuring accountability to students and their communities in order to foster self-reliance.

At the January meetup, we worked together with other consortium members to refine the broader consortium strategy and produce key work outputs. As co-lead for the Projects Committee of the CLCC, Kepler led work on the development of a digital playbook which is a way to share best practices from all consortium members and which will include Kepler’s findings from our M&E and evidence-based outcomes, including eventual outputs from the Humanitarian Education Accelerator process and impact evaluations for our program. The playbook is an important project that offers a way to share evidence-based findings and publicly engage on a collaborative platform.

As co-lead for the Research Committee of the CLCC, SNHU worked collaboratively with other consortium members to develop a strategic plan for a multi-program research agenda that will draw on combined data and joint research projects involving multiple connected learning programs to improve the global evidence base for refugee higher education. We also reviewed our recent submission to Dubai Cares for a research project to produce an in-depth analysis of different connected learning models for tertiary education programs, focusing on producing evidence of the long-term impacts of connected learning programs, with a particular emphasis on longer-term employment pathways (including remote and digital employment opportunities, self-employment and other forms of atypical employment) and income-related outcomes for refugee graduates.

We also participated in a UNHCR-organised workshop with the Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan, which was an opportunity to learn more about the policy environment for connected learning in Jordan and to share best practices from our Rwanda programs with ministry staff, as well as to collaboratively develop ways forward for connected learning in a Jordanian context for both refugee and vulnerable host populations.

On the final day of the event, we participated in a site visit to Azraq camp. We were able to see InZone’s connected learning program in action and to meet with students in the camp. This visit helped to inform planning considerations for potential expansion and was an opportunity to do some initial testing of a forthcoming scaling tool designed by AIR.

During the CLCC event, Ashley Haywood, Kepler Director of Refugee Education Programs, also participated in a webinar with UNHCR and other CLCC members to discuss the findings of a recent Jigsaw report on refugee higher education and the implications of this research for Kepler's work.  

The CLCC is an excellent opportunity for both Kepler and SNHU to engage with actors and projects in the broader field of refugee and humanitarian higher education and to leverage the benefits and findings from the Humanitarian Education Accelerator. Bi-annual workshops offer an ideal platform for knowledge exchange and sharing best practices among innovative projects.