Share Paper: From Refugee to Programmer? An Action-Based Learning Approach for Teaching Coding to Refugees

  1. Daniela Wolf, Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, Austria
  2. Martin Ebner, Technische Universität Graz, Austria
Thursday, June 28 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Jordaan 1

Abstract: Teaching coding is currently gaining momentum in classrooms and informal learning spaces (coding fairs, labs, challenges, etc.) all over the world. In Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, a number of organizations offering coding courses for refugees (e.g. Refugees on Rails, HackYourFuture, CodeYourFuture) have been created as a reaction to the „refugee crisis“ in 2015-16. Such civic initiatives are aiming far beyond simply creating a new generation of programmers in response to integration and the lack of software developers in the job market. They show great potential in terms of providing rapid, innovative, and adaptive kinds of educational support. ...