Online higher education 'unappealing' for Syrian refugees

Originally published by Times Higher Education and reprinted with permission.

Online learning is the least desirable model of higher education for Syrian refugees, despite it being the medium adopted by many Western universities in their aid efforts, according to a study from the British Council.

Research based on interviews and focus groups with 178 young Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey found that the majority though online lecturers were less competent than those teaching face-to-face, were wary of the lack of accreditation of some online programmes, and felt self-motivation, time management and maintaining momentum would be difficult "in the chaos of camp life". Read More.