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e/merge Africa is a new educational technology network which is mostly for educational technology researchers and practitioners in African higher education. During early 2014 e/merge Africa started offering regular professional development activities in the form of online seminars and workshops and short courses. You are invited to join our Facebook group, use the short contact form or mail us at info@emergeafrica.net. If you would like to lead a seminar, workshop or short course please send us a proposal.

Day 5 of ‘Online Interview Research’ – live session details

Day 5 of ‘Online Interview Research’ with Dr Janet Salmons of Capella University School of Business and Technology.

Please remember that Dr Salmons will host a live session on Monday 28 July at 3 pm (SAST/GMT+2). Please reserve the time in your calendars and enter the Adobe Connect meeting room here, 15 minutes before the session begins. If this is your first Adobe Connect session we are strongly encouraging you to read through setup instructions here.

 with Dr Janet Salmons of Capella University School of Business and Technology.

With participants from Nigeria to Swaziland to South Africa, conversations are ongoing in:

What are ‘online interviews’?  How can we use them in instruction and research?

Think through the choice to interview online

Think through the choice of ICT

Dr Salmons is hugely knowledgeable in using ICTs for research, and while much can be gleaned from her presentations and posts, the real value for you as participant would be in joining us in the forums and asking her pointed questions – the questions that you need answered with regard to your own online research.  We look forward to meeting you in the forums, and hearing Dr Salmons’ answers to your questions!

Online Interview Research Seminar – Day 3

Yesterday was day 3 of the seminar on “Online Interview Research : Designing, Doing, Teaching”, led by Dr. Janet Salmons.  If you haven’t done so you are still most welcome to join the seminar. Please come to our seminar landing page which links you to seminar resources and our meeting places. Then please come to the forum to introduce yourself and join the seminar. There is no charge for registration to the e/merge Africa site or participation.

As you may know Dr. Janet Salmons had originally planned two live sessions during this week however these were postponed due to a death in her family. Our condolences and thanks to Dr. Salmons who has agreed to host a live session on Monday 28 July at 3 pm (SAST/GMT+2). More details will be announced later.

Between now and the live meeting you are invited to join us in the Online Interview Research forum where Janet Salmons is sharing highly informative resources and responding to our contexts and queries.

Please notice the new topic introduced by Dr. Janet Salmons on Tuesday “Think through the choice of ICT”. So you have now decided to use ICTs for conducting your research interviews, however what technologies would be appropriate to use to support your research goals? Dr. Salmons is highlighting the necessity for thinking carefully about technology and platforms to use, along with providing a guide. Please share your own experiences and tell us technologies you have found useful.

We look forward to meeting you in the forums!

Update: Online Interview Research : Designing, Doing, Teaching

Its day 2 of the seminar on “Online Interview Research : Designing, Doing, Teaching”, led by Dr. Janet Salmons which runs from 21 July to 25 July. To join the seminar please come to our seminar landing page which links you to seminar resources and our meeting places. Then please come to the forum to introduce yourself and join the seminar. There is no charge for registration to the e/merge Africa site or participation.

“Welcome! Please introduce yourself: We have 12 introductions from colleagues who want to use online interviews as part of their research in varied disciplines including educational technology, adult education, higher education, information systems, nursing education and digital literacies. If you haven’t introduced yourself yet this is a good place to make yourself known to other seminar participants

“What are research interviews? How can we use them in instruction and research?”: Janet Salmons introduces online research interviews and an E-Interview Research Framework which she developed to offer “a conceptual system of key questions about interrelated facets of online interview research”. In this topic she also shares the first chapter of her book “Qualitative Online Interviews” as well as a video introduction to the framework.

“Think through the choice to interview online” Janet Salmons offers “three ways to think about this choice, with the information and communications technology (ICT) serving as medium, setting, or phenomenon.” She invites us to “think about an idea for a study you’d like to conduct … then post a comment describing your own motivations for conducting online interviews.”

We look forward to meeting you in the forum. We will announce new times for the rescheduled online meetings as soon as these are available.

Seminar: How to use tablets and blended learning for effective adult education in Africa

4 August – 8 August.

From Ethiopia we are pleased to present this seminar by Batseba Seifu, who is a Project Manager at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University.

In this seminar Batseba will showcase a tablet based blended training application for adult education. She will introduce the benefits of using tablets for training and show ways of mitigating challenges with the use of tablets for trainings in Africa. The seminar will also provide insights on how to effectively deliver blended learning and introduce trainees to time-honored and innovative adult education theories.

After the seminar, attendees will get some insights on how to duplicate the technology, methodology, and didactics of the training to other subjects and other areas in Africa.

In addition, they will gain insights on how to deliver blended training effectively: they will learn how to involve interaction and motivation during the distance learning period and socialization during the face-to-face learning period. For further information and to sign up for free please go to the seminar signup page.

Starting today: Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching

We are counting down the days to the start of the seminar about Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching led by Dr. Janet Salmons, who will provide useful perspectives and advice on how to use online interviews for qualitative research. We will be able to explore the implications for qualitative research including the use of social media platforms. This seminar is highly recommended to colleagues who are engaged in qualitative research or training the next generation of researchers. Please circulate the news of this workshop widely within your African networks.

Please notice that the presenter has requested live sessions to be postponed until further notice. Please do come to join us to discuss and explore the resources available on the seminar landing page and in the discussion forum. This requires registration to the e/merge Africa web site which can be done here.

 

Next event: Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching

Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching, led by Dr. Janet Salmons runs from 21 July to 25 July. In addition to an asynchronous discussion forum, Dr. Salmons will offer two online meetings which will be recorded. Please notice on request of the presenter the online live meetings have been postponed until further notice. But please, do come to the seminar’s landing page here to explore resources and take in the discussion!

Increasingly, we communicate online and use social media platforms for personal and family, social and cultural, business and educational purposes. Interviewers can use these technologies to interact with participants anywhere. Online interviews can be used to collect data for qualitative studies, but their use is not limited to empirical research. E-interviews are also valuable as collaborative e-learning exercises that bring real-world expertise into the classroom and develop digital literacy.

Even though we may feel comfortable communicating online, doing interviews requires another level of thinking and planning, questioning and listening. How do we learn such skills?

This seminar will focus on two related areas: designing research studies based on data collected through online interviews and teaching students how to plan and conduct interviews online. We will consider ways to use free, cheap, available communications technologies. Resources and sample exercises will be offered that you can adapt for your own classes.

We are very pleased to host this seminar and encourage all who are currently involved in research or just interested in learning new skills to sign up here. (free of charge)

Developing World MOOCs Workshop – Final live meeting Friday 27 June

Dear Colleagues,

After nearly two weeks of interesting and enlightening discussions, our current event Developing World MOOCs – Workshop on MOOCs in Africa has ended with a great online live meeting that happened Friday 27 June at 1 pm (SAST/GMT +2). If you missed out on this great session the recording will be made available later.

The recording from the first live meeting 18 June is available here  and resources will remain available on the workshop landing page.

A bit about Friday’s session from workshop conveners Andrew Deacon, Sukaina Walji and Janet Small, University of Cape Town

MOOCs have generated tremendous interest and sometimes misunderstandings. What we found useful in order to understand the opportunities MOOCs offer is to consider the way MOOCs are developed and used from different points of view. In this final session we look the ideas and questions asked about MOOCs in the forums from three specific perspectives, namely the from the points of view of:

Participant (why would you take a MOOC?);
An educator (why use MOOCs & how MOOCs can be used?)
An institutional researcher (what can MOOCs teach us?).

Please join us for this final session on Friday to share your ideas and questions.

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Developing World MOOCs continues

This exciting online workshop led by Andrew Deacon, Sukaina Walji and Janet Small from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town , South Africa continues until 27 June. 

If you’re just joining us then you can view the recording of the live online meeting held on 18 June and access “Developing world MOOCs: a curriculum view of the MOOC landscape ” by the workshop conveners and Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz on the strategic options available to universities. Participation in the forums requires registration to the e/merge Africa website, which can be done for free here.

The workshop will finish with a follow-up online meeting on Friday 27 June from 1-2 pm (SAST/GMT +2) that will tackle issues that have emerged. Participants will be encouraged to consider and articulate the opportunities and concerns for their own institutions presented by MOOCs. Updates about the workshop will be available here, in the e/merge Africa Facebook group and by e-mail to signed up participants.

Starting today: Developing World MOOCs – A Workshop on MOOCs in Africa

Dear Colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to announce the opening of our workshop Developing World MOOCs – a workshop on MOOCs in Africa lead by Andrew Deacon, Sukaina Walji and Janet Small from the University of Cape Town , South Africa., which will start today 17 June and run until 27 June. Come and join us on the landing page for the seminar, which offers a paper a paper by the workshop conveners and Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz (download here) and a discussion forum for your views on the role of MOOCs. You are invited to join the first of two live meetings which will be held tomorrow (18 June) from 1-2 pm (GMT+2).  Access details to be released by tomorrow morning. Viewing the landing page requires registration to the e/merge Africa live website, which can be done for free here.

Three upcoming events

We would like to announce three exciting upcoming events about Developing World MOOCs (online workshop from 17 June – 27 June), The Web in Africa (online seminar from 18-20 June) and Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching (online workshop from 21-27 July).

17-27 June: Developing world MOOCs – A workshop on MOOCs in Africa – Are you curious about MOOCs or already developing or running MOOCs in Africa?  “Developing World MOOCs – a workshop on MOOCs in Africa” is led by Sukaina Walji, Andrew Deacon and Janet Small from the MOOC task team at University of Cape Town, South Africa. The presenters will share a framework for looking at MOOCs as part of a landscape of Higher Education, consider how MOOCs are currently being used by various institutions and discuss how MOOCs and variant MOOC-type courses might influence formal institutional online and blended course design. There will asynchronous discussion from 17-27 June and two online live sessions on Wednesday 18 June Friday 26 June at 1 pm (SAST/GMT +2). Further information is available on our sign up page.

18-20 June: The Web in Africa: Impacting for sustainability? A lot is happening with the web in Africa these years including better access and increased use of web connected devices, but how does the future look for web usage for Africans? These, and other critical issues will be explored in our seminar The Web in Africa: Impacting for sustainability? Dr. Nnenna Nwakanma will convene the seminar in between World Cup matches in Brazil starting with an online live meeting on 18 June. Then we will move into the discussion forums for your input and views. For more information please see our sign up page.

21-27 July: Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching – This workshop will  be led by Dr Janet Salmons from Capella University and Vision2Lead. She will will focus on two related areas: designing research studies based on data collected through online interviews and teaching students how to plan and conduct interviews online. Janet will also consider ways to use communication technologies that are readily available for free or at low cost. Resources and sample exercises will be offered that you can adapt for your own classes. During the seminar we will host two live online sessions on Wednesday 23 July and Friday 25th July at 3 pm (SAST/GMT +2) and use asynchronous discussion forums. For more information please see our sign up page.