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Blended learning & targeted support for refugees in South Africa : adapting to Higher Education barriers

Hühmer, Hannes (2020) Blended learning & targeted support for refugees in South Africa : adapting to Higher Education barriers.

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Abstract:This single case study encompasses the use of blended learning in higher education for refugees in South Africa, a societal group that is largely excluded from traditional institutions. The UpLearn program, facilitated by the Southern New Hampshire University in cooperation with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, seeks to overcome exclusionary access and success barriers by utilizing blended learning and providing targeted support. To evaluate UpLearn’s approach and to generate knowledge about possible interventions that decrease higher education barriers, the following research question will be raised: How does UpLearn facilitate access and success in higher education for refugees in South Africa? To answer this question, the program will be evaluated based on an integrative literature review, semi-structured inter-views and analyzed documents. Thereby, this study presents barriers, adaptations, impacts and recommendations. It is shown that blended learning signifies a flexible low-cost approach that can balance aspects of access and success. Furthermore, this study shows the importance of holistic support approaches that serve the needs of refugees.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82286
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