Open courses

Princeton University - Global History Lab

Princeton University’s “Global History Lab” is one of the world’s longest-running MOOCs, and one of the few that integrates students at the home university with students beyond. InZone has partnered with Princeton to include refugee learners in this course. For example, a series of case studies about forced displacement, statelessness, and refugees from 1300 to the present day increases relevance for refugee learners. InZone has also trained several Princeton graduate students and refugee e-facilitators to serve as onsite and online tutors for teams of refugee learners. In addition to providing high-quality content for refugees, this course serves as a research lab, allowing InZone to study MOOC design, collaborative learning and scaffolding of learning in fragile contexts.

The next Global History Lab Course starts on 8 September 2017.

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Geneva Summer Schools - Higher Education in Emergencies

June 19 - 29, 2017 (13 days)

GSS-HEiE-2017.jpgToday the average conflict lasts 10 years, and families remain in internally displaced person (IDP) camps for an average of 17 years. While humanitarian programming often focuses on life-saving activities, the failure to prioritize education in general – and higher education in particular – leaves entire generations uneducated, developmentally disadvantaged, and unprepared to contribute to their society’s recovery.

The HEiE course will explore post-secondary education in emergency and protracted settings through the following 5 modules:

  • Module 1: International Law & Policies
  • Module 2: Foundations of Digital Learning
  • Module 3: Programme Design & Implementation
  • Module 4: Research in HEiE and Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Module 5: Capstone Projects

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CAS in Humanitarian Interpreting

CAS in Humanitarian InterpretingInZone's Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Humanitarian Interpreting is designed for field interpreters, interpreters working for humanitarian organizations, and members of the diaspora hoping to utilize their language and cultural skills to facilitate humanitarian communication.

Building off InZone's decade of experience training humanitarian interpreters - many of whom work with less widely used languages - this course trains and certifies interpreters with experience in the field so that they can provide better humanitarian interpretation in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Certification and training increase mobility from one humanitarian organization to another and expand the pool of professional talent for humanitarian organizations that rely on quality communication to implement programmes in the field. They also provide the grounding that refugee interpreters need to build a new career when resettled in a foreign country and rejoining the diaspora communities.

The CAS is a continuing education course delivered 100% online in partnership with DisasterReady.org using InZone's proven virtual learning environment, which is available in a standard desktop and mobile version. The course is accredited by the University of Geneva's Continuing Education Service and builds on the InZone Basic Course, offered in a blended format since 2009.

Kenyatta University - InZone Certificate in Community Interpreting

Kenyatta Certificate in Community Interpreting The year-long Higher Education Certificate in Community Interpreting is jointly awarded by InZone / University of Geneva and Kenyatta University. Run for the first time in 2014-2015, the course was designed to professionalize community interpreting in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi’s urban refugee community. This 100% online course is offered through InZone’s virtual learning environment, accessible from the solar-powered learning hubs installed in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. The first edition of the course featured a 94% completion rate.

MOOCs4Peace Center

The brainchild of a refugee learner, the InZone MOOCs4Peace Center is designed to help refugees acquire knowledge related to conflict resolution, which they can apply to their communities using applied drama approaches developed as part of the Center’s training program. A blended learning approach adopts human-centered methodology for non-formal higher education in emergencies. After taking MOOCs onsite at the Center, learners participate in a series of forums and workshops on interpersonal and intercultural conflict management, developing communication and negotiation skills to turn differences into opportunities. The Center’s long-term goal is to offer learning pathways that will allow students to complete each MOOC with academic credit from partnering universities.

MoocsMOOCs currently on offer in the MOOCs4Peace Center In French and English:

In English and Arabic:


xPurdue-InZone Engineering Course

Purdue-Inzone Engineering CourseEngineering challenges often require innovative solutions. In collaboration with Purdue University, InZone is helping to roll out a curriculum based on problem solving in the fields of science and engineering. Grounded in InZone’s iterative pedagogical approach, the course is contextualized for the local community, allowing refugees to develop the skill set and tools to solve these challenges. Research focuses on the role of peer and tutor feedback in blended learning. InZone’s contribution to this initiative focuses on learner facilitation - providing tutoring and mentoring to support successive cohorts of learners as they develop basic engineering design skills that can be directly applied in their community.

Applied drama practitioner training

Applied drama practitioner trainingThe applied drama training supports the human rights MOOCs on offer at the MOOCs4Peace Center. Applied drama practitioners are trained onsite and online to extend the benefits of higher education to the entire refugee community. Arts practitioners use the discussion topics emerging from the MOOCs to foster community engagement around peace and conflict resolution.

RAFT Basic Medical Training for Health Workers

RAFT-logos.jpgThis Basic Medical Training course aims to provide healthcare workers in Dadaab refugee camp with high-quality, medical tele-education certification to complement their practical work. The program includes an introduction to basic medical sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, and key knowledge about the epidemiology, diagnosis and  management of relevant medical conditions frequently encountered in Somalia and Kenya.

The program is divided into two main blocks: Basic Medical Sciences and Human Pathology. It lasts for a total of 10 months (40 weeks, including examinations). The first block covers key principles of biology, anatomy and physiology, while the second, more practical block focuses on acquisition of knowledge about frequent and/or relevant medical conditions in Eastern Africa.

The course launched in mid-February 2017 with 19 refugee learners from different parts of Dadaab refugee camp, most of whom hold jobs in camp hospitals or pharmacies. Learners expressed interest in professional development in light of the possibility of returning to Somalia and helping to rebuild community health systems there. Learners travel to the InZone Learning Hub in IFO camp several times a week to engage in collaborative learning with their peers on-site and the 5 tutors on-line, all of whom are medical students at the University of Geneva's Faculté de medicine.

More information about the RAFT-program

Closed Courses

InZone Basic Courses for UNHCR

UNHCR-BasicCourse.jpgSince 2011, InZone has organized 9 blended training courses for UNHCR field interpreters in collaboration with the UNHCR. In accordance with InZone’s methodology, the courses were developed following a needs analysis amongst UNHCR interpreters working in different refugee camps and urban UNHCR offices.

The objective of these blended courses is to allow UNHCR field interpreters to enhance their skills in interpreting and in managing the bilingual and bicultural dimension of the refugee status determination process. These courses include contextualized skill development in consecutive interpreting, interview management and humanitarian interpreting ethics. The courses start with a face-to-face training session, followed by 3 months of online activities. Furthermore, InZone offers a seminar for users of interpreting services, i.e. UNHCR officers working with interpreters. The objective is to raise awareness among the users of interpreters about the humanitarian interpreting process and about how best to work with a humanitarian interpreter.

The blended course format was adopted in order to include elements that cannot easily be covered online, for instance role-plays illustrating humanitarian interpreting situations and ethics issues related to specific protection settings as well as live speeches and peer feedback. The courses have involved participants working with a large variety of languages, such as Amharic, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, Kibembe and French. All participants have several years of humanitarian interpreting experience within UNHCR. The courses are evaluated upon completion.

InZone Basic Courses for ICRC

In 2009, two years before the creation of the Centre for interpreting in conflict zones, a first training course for field interpreters working for the ICRC was launched, funded by a special grant from the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN, now SNIS). The development team began by assessing the needs of ICRC's humanitarian interpreters in the field and prioritizing the development of skills, which would be essential for ensuring quality humanitarian interpreting in ICRC contexts. Drawing on this needs analysis, the course covers two main areas: Ethics for humanitarian field interpreters and contextualized consecutive interpreting skills. The course comprises three modules and was taught entirely online for the first two editions. Subsequent editions have been offered in a blended format, similar to the Basic Course format for UNHCR's field interpreters. In total, InZone has organized 6 courses for the ICRC.

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