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Expert to Speak on Online Education for Refugees


For many around the globe online education is the only option at getting a higher education degree.

On FridayFeb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz will discuss digital education being offered at refugee camps by Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. The event, “Social Work @ the Margins” will take place at Lincoln Center’s South Lounge and is sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Service’s Online Faculty Group.

Bonfini-Hotlosz is the chief information officer at Jesuit Commons and was instrumental in helping Fordham with several of its online courses in her capacity as executive director of JesuitNET Global.

“Jesuits have a 450 year pedagogical model, so from the beginning we had to ask ‘What does that look like online?’” said Bonfini-Hotlosz.

Bonfini-Hotlosz used the same design methodology for the degrees offered at the refugee camps as in the JesuitNET degrees. Both are based on the Ignatian spiritual exercises: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation. She said that no matter the medium, teaching the whole person remains a Jesuit priority.

“Imagine a faculty member trying to teach empathy online,” she said.

Read the rest of the story in Inside Fordham.


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