Trialling and validation of the ReGap courses completed

ReGap Trials

From the ReGap trials.

From February to April 2019, the six ReGap courses were trialled by 323 refugees, migrants and educators in four countries.  Both fully online trials as well as blended (online combined with face-to-face activities led by an educator) were conducted. The model for evaluation has been developed by the LUMSA team, and consists of three elements: Learning analytics review, “small-talk” interviews and direct observation. A comprehensive report explains each step of the trials, and the highlights are included in the Executive Summary:

Executive Summary

This document reports the theoretical framework and the procedures followed in implementing the core activity of ReGap project, i.e. the courses trials and validation. To do so, the report presents both the assumptions of the evaluation process, the tools and the procedures adopted in the different trials settings, and a first glance on the most relevant results. In a time of constant changes, recruitment of volunteers to test the courses among refugees and migrants was not an easy task, particularly in the transit countries (i.e. Italy and North Macedonia), where also the level of language knowledge was lower and motivation into being integrated into the country lower as well. However, participants to trials were 323 in four countries. Report includes, other than the results deriving from the observation and the interviews, also a reflection on data from learning analytics produced by the e- learning platform. Among the highlights descending from the trials, it is worth mentioning the good interaction between blended/online and F2F activities proposed to learners, showing as the onlineenhanced learning could represent a fruitful “third way” that sustains the freely available e-learning resources with an including, cohesive, adaptable set of in traditional teaching activities.

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