Refugee Week: Webinar about Online Learning to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Dublin City University (DCU) is Ireland's first University of Sanctuary and over the last 2-years its DCU Connected scholarship initiative for refugees and asylum seekers has been very successful in opening up opportunities for higher education through online study. This Friday, as part of Refugee Week the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at DCU will be offering a free webinar sharing some of their lessons and experiences. The webinar will be of particular interest to educators, organisations and other institutions wishing to better understand how to harness the potential of online learning to support refugees and asylum seekers.

 Title: Exploring the Transition Experiences of Refugees and Asylum Seekers to Online Learning with DCU Connected

FacilitatorDr Orna Farrell

When: Friday 1st February 1:00-2:00pm GMT

How: Login to our online classroom using Adobe Connect


Dublin City University (DCU) was granted the status of “University of Sanctuary” in December 2016.  Forty-two scholarships were granted to refugees and asylum seekers by the University, of which fourteen were provided by DCU’s online education platform, DCU Connected. This session will report on the journey undertaken by a team within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning as they put in place the framework needed to support these scholars and the related research study, which explores the nature of the transition experiences of University of Sanctuary Scholars to online distance learning. A longitudinal qualitative study is designed to seek a greater understanding of these learners’ experiences in the early stages of the study lifecycle, and of how their transition into higher education can be facilitated to enhance student success. The data collection technique is semi-structured online interviews conducted annually, and the first round of interviews has recently been conducted. The data-led analytical approach for this study is Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six phases of thematic analysis. The next phase of the research project involves the analysis of the first phase of interview data and the generation of preliminary findings.