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Hi everyone, I just noticed that the link to the user experience map in the body of the text isn't loading properly - so if you want to check out the user experience map, please go to the attachment at the bottom. Many thanks, and sorry about that!

Hi Gunhad, thanks very much for your thorough message and feedback. It's super interesting that you bring up the need to get education directly to people in refugee camps - that's actually the current pilot that we are working on right now! We are running a degree program for refugees in one of the camps in western Rwanda. It's true that conditions can be awful, but one thing that we've learned is that our students in the refugee camp are super motivated - and awesome with technology! Innocent N. (who commented right below this comment) is in fact one of our students in that program in the camp, and as he says, is about to graduate with his AA degree from SNHU in June. You can read more about the program in Rwanda here, if you are interested: https://www.google.ae/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=kepler%20kiziba%20hea&*

To respond to your second point, I think that the motivation issue was specifically related to the prototyping project, which I think is logical - it's always difficult to get response rates when asking busy people to volunteer limited time, for a project that they aren't sure is worth it. These problems would perhaps be compounded with a resettled refugee population, but certainly aren't exclusive to it. It's always important to be respectful of people's time when making such requests, and I think it's difficult to say exactly what the benefits to the people providing feedback voluntarily would be - and it's important to not make false promises! I think instead it can be viewed as an interesting opportunity to get further insights into some of the difficulties and challenges we will face in getting this program off the ground. It won't be easy, but I agree that there will be a lot of demand. Most of the resettled refugee respondents were very aware of the importance and value of higher ed, and extremely motivated - just have been blocked from accessing it due to many complex constraints.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I hope you'll continue to follow our projects and work!

Hi Gunhad, thanks very much for your thorough message and feedback. It's super interesting that you bring up the need to get education directly to people in refugee camps - that's actually the current pilot that we are working on right now! We are running a degree program for refugees in one of the camps in western Rwanda. It's true that conditions can be awful, but one thing that we've learned is that our students in the refugee camp are super motivated - and awesome with technology! Innocent N. (who commented right below this comment) is in fact one of our students in that program in the camp, and as he says, is about to graduate with his AA degree from SNHU in June. You can read more about the program in Rwanda here, if you are interested: https://www.google.ae/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=kepler%20kiziba%20hea&*

To respond to your second point, I think that the motivation issue was specifically related to the prototyping project, which I think is logical - it's always difficult to get response rates when asking busy people to volunteer limited time, for a project that they aren't sure is worth it. These problems would perhaps be compounded with a resettled refugee population, but certainly aren't exclusive to it. It's always important to be respectful of people's time when making such requests, and I think it's difficult to say exactly what the benefits to the people providing feedback voluntarily would be - and it's important to not make false promises! I think instead it can be viewed as an interesting opportunity to get further insights into some of the difficulties and challenges we will face in getting this program off the ground. It won't be easy, but I agree that there will be a lot of demand. Most of the resettled refugee respondents were very aware of the importance and value of higher ed, and extremely motivated - just have been blocked from accessing it due to many complex constraints.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I hope you'll continue to follow our projects and work!