Blended Learning Program for Displaced StudentsIn the spring semester 2018, Bard College Berlin (BCB), Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB), and Bard College are offering a writing-intensive education program with in-person and online course access for students matriculated in Bard College network institutions and for displaced students around the world.
The program creates a unique space in the online learning community for displaced learners and for enrolled Bard students. The classes are held for matriculated Bard students and for non-enrolled displaced participants in a shared on-site and online learning space simultaneously. In this way, all class participants exchange ideas and work together in pursuing their higher education goals.
This project is supported by a grant from The Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Global and Cross-Cultural Learning Community
At Bard College Berlin, the courses are a “blended” learning project and take place part in person and part on-line, bringing together students based in Berlin at Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University, with displaced students located across the world, studying with Kiron Open Higher Education.
Through an online platform hosted by the Refugee Educator Academy of the Carey Institute for Global Good, students engage in global learning and cross-cultural negotiation, as well as sharpen their digital literacy skills. A face-to-face course meeting, weekly synchronous and asynchronous meetings, as well as ongoing project work that requires continuous student-to-student interaction will enable students to build bonds and create an enduring learning community in which all are personally invested.
Intensive Writing and Critical Thinking
The blended courses use Bard’s proven Writing-to-Learn pedagogy developed by the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking inviting active student participation in discussions and encouraging low-stakes written contributions to the development of individual ideas and the ongoing classroom conversation.
This pedagogy allows the Bard Network to respond to important gaps in the evolving “connected learning in crisis” educational landscape, particularly in terms of offering needed courses in critical thinking and English writing skills, building truly student-centered study experiences and assisting in credentialing and regularization of learning pathways for displaced students in both the Middle East and Europe.
PT181 Doing “Justice” after Atrocity
What does it mean to do “justice” after state terrorism, civil war, or the longstanding oppression of groups within society? How can parties on different sides of a conflict be brought together to work towards a common future? Is there any adequate way to repair the lives of victims, and what role should such reparations play in broader peace-building efforts? Expand
The “Writing to Learn” class offers students the chance to grapple with questions of consciousness and activism through close reading, focused and private writing, group projects and seminar discussions. What happens when conscientious acts move from being merely a political practice to becoming something that resembles something more subtle and personal? What happens when art veers into the political realm? Expand
Registration instructions for interested non-matriculated students
To register, please write an email to
In your registration email, please include:
- your name
- the course you are interested in
- your English level
- your location
Requirements and Deadlines
Required Language Level: B2 / C1
Registration deadline: January 5, 2019
Online Introduction: Third week of January
Start of Courses: Week of January 31, 2019
This class kind of made me think that activism is a long journey. It’s not only a protest or something like this, so it trained me, like made me think that I might be an activist in my own way. It taught me the real definition of activism, not the way I used to see it on TV or in the streets of my country.
It was like an open space where you could see people from different cultures and also we had this kind of respect line.
Altaf's essay was translated into German and published on the online platform of Die Zeit. You can read it here>>
Mátyás EndreyHungary, BA student at Bard College Berlin
It was an extremely diverse class in terms of preexisting knowledge or background knowledge and so I got to talk to people or get to know people viewpoint whose viewpoint I wouldn’t have heard normally… I feel like I was kind of forced to think.
After taking this class, I am strong. I have more confidence, self-confidence. I have an idea and when I talk to another person, I express my idea.
Sam ZamrikSyria, BA student at Bard College Berlin
I would say it was more of a cultural exchange class rather than just a writing class... You were literally learning from everyone. Ariane also really taught us how to ask questions, and that’s very, very important, be it in studies or when you get to know a person. They’re like keys.