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Certificate course for people in crisis regions “Learning Facilitator”

Degree
Certificate
Requirements
General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Age: 18 years and older
Language requirements
English B1
Admission restriction
Yes
Selection procedure
Yes
Place of study
Online-courses & face-to-face supervision and support
Start of the program
Winter and summer semester
Standard length of the program
1 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible
No

In a combination of online courses and face-to-face supervision and support in the region, young people with fewer opportunities from poor areas, social hotspots and crisis regions, who would otherwise be excluded from higher education, complete professional development training to become learning facilitators.

The program, which has a highly interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character and is tailored to the participants’ needs, provides students with basic knowledge and skills to professionally accompany their learners in learning and personal development processes.

The program in detail

Contents

The six-month “Learning Facilitator” course is a blended learning event and offers the ideal combination of collaborative learning in the “Community Learning Centers” and flexible and effective e-learning.

Here is a brief insight into the curriculum:

Learning support as a professional skill – the thematic focus

  • Roles and core tasks of a learning facilitator
  • Formal, non-formal and informal education
  • Educational needs and requirements of local communities
  • Educational technologies and media as possible solutions to educational needs and demands
  • Codes of conduct
  • Rights of learners and standards of protection of children’s rights

Planning learning and teaching processes (basic educational skills)

  • Planning a curriculum
  • Formulating learning objectives
  • Formative function of performance assessments 
  • Summative function of performance assessments

Teaching and learning strategies

  • Active and cooperative learning
  • Critical thinking
  • Memorization and understanding

“Learner diversity” as a focus area in participants

  • Learning strengths and challenges
  • Cross-cultural learning
  • Learning and gender
  • Inclusion

Learning environment

  • Learning at school and in classrooms
  • Learning in municipal learning centers
  • Online learning
  • Learning in workplace environments
  • Meaningful learning

Internship

Practical experience gathered during a two-month internship.

Collaboration partners

Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL)

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Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) is a global Jesuit educational network that began in 2010 as Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has organized online study programs for refugees and others on the margins of society. JWL offers higher education to young women and men with fewer opportunities from poor areas, social hotspots and crisis regions, who would otherwise be excluded from education, participation and personal growth entirely. Thus, it provides them with a new perspective and hope for a better life for themselves and others.

Seitwerk

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As an owner-managed company, Seitwerk has been offering the entire spectrum of new media since 2004. Seitwerk specialists deliver everything from conceptualization to design and realization from a single source. They advise, analyze, design, program, create animations, produce sound and video sequences in their own studio and much more.

The internet agency with many years of experience in the e-learning sector offers the demand-oriented, content-related adaptation as well as the didactic design of the course content, the multimedia production of the learning content and the provision of the course content for use on a learning platform. 

The long-standing collaboration in the production of e-learning courses between JWL and Seitwerk GmbH ensures high-quality course production and continuing further development of the courses.

Practical connection

Course participants also put what they have learned into practice right away.

Well-equipped with many different theoretical methods and a teaching concept based on these methods, they support children, young people and adults in their learning processes in the camps and/or in their home villages and districts during a two-month internship in their new role as learning facilitators. They show their students how to use helpful learning strategies and develop their own skills.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

After successful completion of the course, graduates take on supporting roles in the field of education as teachers, lecturers, tutors and mentors at various organizations and educational institutions in their countries, becoming education multipliers and thus also contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals, because education is of course essential for the success of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

What students say about the program

"Online learning used to be absolutely new to me. I started this course with great concerns, I had no idea how to gain knowledge in this learning format that was entirely unknown to me. Now I am completely blown away by how well designed and coordinated the program is. Learning is so much fun."

"Online learning used to be absolutely new to me. I started this course with great concerns, I had no idea how to gain knowledge in this learning format that was entirely unknown to me. Now I am completely blown away by how well designed and coordinated the program is. Learning is so much fun."

- Student from India

“I am a victim of teacher-centered learning, where teachers dictate learning while students passively listen and observe.
However, there is also a concept called learner-centered education. In my country, it is difficult to get informed about it appropriately, though. The “Learning Facilitator” course is completely…

“I am a victim of teacher-centered learning, where teachers dictate learning while students passively listen and observe.
However, there is also a concept called learner-centered education. In my country, it is difficult to get informed about it appropriately, though. The “Learning Facilitator” course is completely learner-centered. For me, this course is like a source of water for a person who finds it to satisfy their thirst because I always look forward to setting up a classroom where the learner can play the active role in the learning process. Now I am trying to motivate all my work colleagues to join the “Learning Facilitator” course because I know from my own experience what discoveries you make for yourself in this course and valuable learning experiences you gain from it."

- Student from Sri Lanka

The KU

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Campus

Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt

Subject Advisor

Marina Tsoi
Dr. Marina Tsoi
Project coordinator JWL
Building Ulmer Hof  |  Room: UH-109

Further information