A university for the homeless
In Berlin, a homeless university was launched this year. It wants to offer people without housing not the usual seminars for reintegration into society, but creative teaching and learning opportunities in all areas - from the cultural studies of Egypt to theater to philosophy.
Even if homeless people could take advantage of public education programs, such as adult education centers, they often lack the courage and the money to do so. Therefore, people are taught to be mobile in homeless shelters or other places where people without permanent residence meet or stay.
Homeless as lecturers
What is special about this is that the homeless are not only students, but also teachers. In this way, a new perspective is to be given to them by learning that their abilities are appreciated and used. On the website of the homeless university:
The homeless should learn that his knowledge and skills have a high relevance and that his experiences are needed and appreciated by others. By preparing a lecture / presentation, in addition to increasing self-esteem, there will also be a deepening in the respective subject area, as the lecturer will deal thoroughly with the topic in advance.
A survey shows a wide range of subjects
What kind of skills the homeless people can and want to convey, was surveyed from May to November 2011 in a survey. It came as a surprise to find out how Germany's radio knowledge, where there is also an Audiobject on the topic, can be read:
“A survey of homeless people showed that they can offer a wide range of subjects. From history lectures to social media seminars. ”
Gone away potential
What potential is this country giving away, which is notoriously at the back of the list in the Pisa study and where more money is spent on an airport in the capital than on educational institutions?
This is a good catchword, as the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef / Bonn (IUBH) wanted to do something for mobile learning and gave its newly enrolled students a free iPad 1.10.2012 from the 3.
An iPad for students willing to pay
Fairly, one has to say that the students there pay depending on the study course between 4.000 and 5.000 Euro per semester, since the costs for the iPad are probably already included. Update: These are the prices for the attendanceCourses. The distance learning courses cost between 1.800 Euro and in the Master almost 2.500 Euro.
However, the Bachelor and Master students have access to the entire teaching and learning offer of the IUBH Fernstudium at any time and at any time. The iPad certainly offers a wide range of applications:
Extensive application possibilities of the iPad
Learning materials can be accessed and used from anywhere on iTunes University (iTunes U), online scripts, solutions and video lectures can be downloaded and viewed directly on the iPad.
The contact with fellow students and supervisors can directly out of the learning environment out as per eMail or forum, automatic reminders eg for online tutorials can be activated.
Great that the IUHB would like to expand mobile learning in this way, that could be the way for a university of the way in the right direction. It is a pity that the measure addresses only new students who are still enrolled in 31.12.2012.
New customer acquisition with compulsory obligation
In addition, in the event of premature termination of the distance learning agreement, the iPad must be returned in working order within one week after termination - the student will, of course, pay for any damage or return.
A sustainable mobile learning strategy looks different for me. The mobile learning action has an impact on me as the new customer acquisition attempt of the savings bank next door with compulsory obligation to stay at the bar. Which strategy do you like better?
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