NEXUS aims at innovating the civic educational process resulting in increased participation of students in their communities. As part of this innovation, a MOOC on Civic education for students with a migrant background has been developed, focusing on Civic education micro-learning units. Subsequently, a knowledge-sharing platform (building on open educational resources and practices) for civic educators will be created.
The MOOC targets specifically newly-arrived migrant students, by empowering them with skills and knowledge for democratic citizenship and active participation in society. Newly-arrived migrant students are a vulnerable group that faces exclusion from political and social participation in new community. Becoming actively involved in the host country’s society is a key element in immigrant integration. By making their voices heard, taking an interest in how society works, and participating in the decisions that shape its future, immigrants show that they are an integral part of their new country – the very objective of integration.
The MOOC focuses, among other topics, on e-Democracy, such the use of civic-technology to support democratic decision making processes:
(Elisa Lironi, ECAS)
Equipping migrant students with the knowledge and skills for civic engagement will lead the way to establishing knowledge-sharing platform of civics-educators with migrant background. The platform will become a hub for peer-educators/mentors with this specific knowledge and personal experience in migration, who can become actors of change in their own communities. Platform will be organized around various online events that will further enable building networks and exchanging resources among migrant-civics educators.
Transferability and Impact
Transferability: the MOOC will offer micro-learning units for teachers and students that can be accessed by anyone with the interest in the topic. Recent influx of migrants into Europe resulted in a majority of European HEIs that now have student population who either personally or through family are excluded from broader civic or political membership in some way.
Impact: Most HEIs are still-notably lacking in requirements that focus directly on issues of contemporary European civic life and democracy: the central role of information and the mass media, the possible causes of declining civic engagement and declining trust in government, and so on. By offering this civic education learning opportunity for both students and teachers, we expect to raise their interest in civic engagement and initiate discussion on the necessity of community service student-projects for building resilient societies.