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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 ten.acirfaegremenull@ofni. If you would like to lead a seminar, workshop or short course please send us a proposal.

5 – 9 December: Driving Technology Use through Learning Design

Presenter: Dr. Jerome Dooga, Lecturer University of Jos, Nigeria

Format: Asynchronous discussion from 5 – 9 December + Live online meeting on Tuesday 6 December (12:00 Abuja time/ 13:00 Cape Town time/ 14:00 Nairobi time). Using a Nigerian Open and Distance Learning Institution as case study, this seminar engages participants in a conversation on what factors are hindering technology uptake in education and the role of learning design approaches as a driver in technology uptake.

tutaleniprofileMore and more institutions are adopting some form of technology in teaching and learning. Even those yet to do so hold a positive view of its use. Yet, many who have, struggle to add value to the learning process with its use. Many feel that use of technological tools and devices seems to add little value to their practice and sometimes is actually a hindrance or a distraction to learning. Thus, even some Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions can’t seem to fully embrace technology for their course offerings. One reason for such frustrations may lie in the focus on the tool rather than the principles of best practice in teaching and the misalignment of learning design and technology choices. In this presentation, I will argue that learning design should drive technology choices. Conole defines learning design as “a methodology for enabling teachers/designers to make more informed decisions in how they go about designing learning activities and interventions, which is pedagogically informed and makes effective use of appropriate resources and technologies” (2013:7). In order to use technology effectively for teaching and learning, educators need to ask basic questions about the classroom: what do we want to do? With what goal and objectives? What outcomes are desired? The answers to such questions will inform what tools are needed to accomplish what is desired. Technology integration will therefore align with the learning design. During this presentation I will share examples from my own teaching contexts in Nigeria to illustrate how learning design involves reimagining some key functions of the classroom and that this is essential for effective technology integration. Such reimagination is key for making best use of technological affordances to enhance teaching and learning experiences.


Dr. Jerome Dooga  is an Lecturer,Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Jos, Nigeria.
He is also the e/merge Africa Regional Coordinator for West Africa and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) eLearning consultant to the School of Education at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Jerome holds a PhD in English and has received postgraduate training in Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town. He has presented research papers at various fora in a range of African countries including a number of conferences. He has published widely in the field and is co-author and editor of a new book on technology in African Higher Ed.


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14-18 Nov: Adoption and diffusion of technology in Afrikan countries

Presenter: Tutaleni I. Asino, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor, Educational Technology, School of Educational Studies, College of Education, Oklahoma State University

Format: Asynchronous discussion from 14 – 18 November +   Live online meeting on Thursday 17 November (14:00 Abuja time/ 15:00 Cape Town time/ 16:00 Nairobi time). Using a case study on factors that influence the diffusion process of mobile devices in Botswana and Namibia, this seminar engages participants in a conversation on how to study diffusion and adoption of technology in Afrikan education.

tutaleniprofileAfrikan countries such as Botswana and Namibia are experiencing a surge in mobile device usage (Aker & Mbiti, 2010; Mbarika & Mbarika, 2006), where everyday use of tablets and mobile phones has spread rapidly at unprecedented rates (ICT Update, 2008; Kalba, 2008). In these countries, mobile devices are used for mobile banking (accessing bank accounts, paying for utilities and credit cards; Brown, Cajee, Davies, & Stroebel, 2003), mobile health (diagnosing disease, patient monitoring, accessing health information, awareness campaign), and mobile life (social communication and entertainment; Donner & Tellez, 2008; Semali & Asino, 2013).  However, the diffusion of mobile devices that has occurred for everyday use, health, and business applications has not occurred in educational environments.

A common belief held in many Afrikan countries (and globally) is that there is value in utilizing technology for educational purposes. Reports from the African Union, the Southern African Universities Association and the Association of African Universities provide evidence of commitments from Afrikan nations to make technology in education an integral part of educational systems. Yet, when in comes to understanding the diffusion of innovations on the continent, the often repeated phrase is that “there is little research.”


Tutaleni I. Asino, Ph.D.  is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Educational Studies at the College of Education in Oklahoma State University. His research interests include diffusion of innovation, adoption and use of Emerging technologies and Learning environments, Mobile Learning, Design for Mobile Devices, Indigenous knowledge, STEAM, Comparative International Education, and the role of culture in the development and evaluation of learning technologies.


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9 Nov: Learning from Las Vegas: Reportback from the AECT Convention

Presenter: Dr Nicola Pallitt, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Format: Webinar on 9 November at 1 pm (SA time)

npmediaWhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? This year the AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) conference organisers decided to break this code with their 2016 theme ‘Learning from Las Vegas’. In this reportback session Nicola will share what happened in Vegas and share some reflections and learnings related to this conference experience. Over the past year, the AECT has made a significant effort to promote scholarship, best practices, and leadership in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning. e/merge Africa recently became an affiliate organisation. This session will also discuss what this means for e/merge Africa members. This reportback is therefore also a virtual celebration – come and join the party.


Dr Nicola Pallitt is a member of the e/merge Africa team. She enjoys networking and meeting EdTech practitioners and researchers from across the globe. Nicola is passionate about online facilitation, social media and educational technology in general. She also co-teaches on postgraduate courses in Educational Technology in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town.


Thank you to those of you taking part in this session. View or re-view Nicola’s report back here (introduction by Catherine Fortune)

7-11 Nov: Academic Workload Planning for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Universities

Dr Juliet Inegbedion, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

Format: There will be one 1 hour online session on Monday 7 November at 1:00 pm (SAST) and asynchronous discussion from 7-11 November.

Dr Juliet Obhajajie InegbedionAcross Africa conventional universities can only provide places for a tiny fraction of students who meet all the entrance requirements so open and distance learning widens access to university education. The Nigerian Federal Government established the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2002 to provide access to those who seek quality education at the university level through flexible learning.

The quality of the programmes and courses depends on the academics who plan the programmes, develop the curriculum, manage courses & programmes and carry out administrative duties. It is observed that the academics often complain of work overload. It also appears there is a mix-up in integrating the mode of planning workload in the conventional universities into the open and distance education universities. This may be attributed to inadequate spread in the duties assigned, which if not checked could affect the quality of teaching and learning. This study seeks to examine NOUN policy on the workload framework, workload planning and the implications for teaching and learning. The outcome of this study will not only be beneficial to NOUN but every other open and distance education institution which faces similar challenges.

Dr Juliet Obhajajie Inegbedion is a specialist in educational planning with special interest in economics of education, e-learning, open and distance education and instructional design.  She has served as resource person at both national and international levels in these areas, and always willing to impart knowledge.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer in National Open University of Nigeria in the Faculty of Education

Reportback: AAU / e/merge Africa e-Learning Needs Assessment Survey 2016

Join us today online at 10 am (SAST) today (Accra 8 am/Abuja 9 am/Nairobi 11 am) when we present preliminary findings from our needs and assessment survey conducted in collaboration with the Association of African Universities.
To join:
1) go to the e/merge Africa Adobe Connect Meeting Room (http://meeting.uct.ac.za/emergeafrica)
2) Choose ‘Enter as Guest’ (usually default option)
3) Type in your name in the text box
4) Click Sign in to room.
During April, May and June, the e/merge Africa team joined forces with the Association for African Universities (AAU) to conduct an e-learning  needs assessment survey. Designed to understand the needs and priorities of elearning practitioners and researchers in African higher education the survey was distributed to institutions throughout the continent receiving 287 responses. The survey closed in early June and we are now ready to share provisional findings based on the analysed survey data. Join us on 22 September at 10 am (SAST) for an insight into what African colleagues consider is needed to make blended and online based teaching successful in African institutions.

Please note this will be a blended session: If you are at the University of Cape Town campus we welcome you to join us at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), Upper Campus, PD Hahn building, Level 7. Should time or distance only permit participation remotely then this is possible via Adobe Connect (please view this guide for instructions on how to attend). Please sign up below.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) University of Cape Town, South Africa and the Association of African Universities (AAU)

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ELICE: Break Out of the Uptake Trap: Creating Value with eLearning with e/merge Africa


Join us Tuesday 30 August at 3 pm (South African Standard Time) for the webinar: Break Out of the Uptake Trap: Creating Value with eLearning lead by Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla, East and Southern African coordinator for e/merge Africa. This webinar forms a part of the ELICE pre-conference webinar series. In this webinar Alice and team will look at processes and techniques to be included when considering integration of eLearning. We will share good workshop practices from two conferences and several online peer-assist sessions. Please join to learn more about the importance of being process oriented and especially how e/merge Africa can assist you!
Please sign up below.
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Thank you to all who participated – the recording of this event will be made available during next week.

ELICE: Online Facilitation – The Human in the Web Space


Join us Wednesday 24 August at 3 pm (South African Standard Time) for the webinar: Online Facilitation – The Human in the Web Space lead by Catherine Fortune, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Irene Maweu, Kenya. This webinar forms a part of the ELICE pre-conference webinar seriesCathrine and Irene are conveners of the University of Cape Town based but online run course e/merge Africa Facilitating Online Course. Please join to learn more about the vital role of the online facilitator in web based learning environments.Join the face-to-face part of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE), Nairobi, Kenya 12- 16 September 2016

Publishing in the Open: Exploring pathways for open access publishing

19 – 23  September 2016

Dr Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Associate Professor Laura Czernierwicz, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Please join us today for the webinar for Publishing in the Open: Exploring pathways for open access publishing at 1 pm (SAST) This is in the following time zones: Accra 11 am / Abuja 12 noon / Cape Town 1 pm / Nairobi 2 pm. To join: 1) Access the e/merge Africa Adobe Connect Room 2) Choose Log in as guest (usually default option) 3) Provide name and surname and click Log in to room

Format: There will be one 1 hour online session on Tuesday 20 September at 1:00 pm (SAST) (Please sign up separately for this event using the form below) and asynchronous discussion from 19-23 September.

Why should scholars from developing countries consider publishing their work Open Access? For some, there is an ethical imperative for scholars in the developing world to seek open access publishing for their work to enhance access to others in developing countries. For others, open access can improve readership of their own work. What are the barriers that prevent scholars from going the Open Access route? There are various pathways to open access publishing, which can be confusing and it is not always clear how to best benefit from the potential of open access while maintaining important standards of scholarly quality and becoming recognized as a serious scholar in one’s field. During this week, we hope to respond to participant questions and concerns about open access publishing and offer a variety of pathways to explore. We will do this via asynchronous discussions and a live interactive session. Please sign up using the form below

 Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz on Open Access Publishing:

Dr. Maha Bali on Open Access Publishing

Dr. Maha Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning & Teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a full-time faculty developer and also teaches creative educational game design to undergrads. Maha Bali is a co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org, co-founder & co-facilitator of Edcontexts, editor of journal Hybrid Pedagogy and blogger at Prof Hacker. She is also International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab.
She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield in the UK, and believes very strongly in critical/interpretive approaches to social research, especially participatory approaches such as collaborative autoethnography. She tweets a lot @bali_maha and blogs at http://blog.mahabali.me
Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz has a long history engaging with open scholarship, open access and open education in higher education. She is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that, she headed OpenUCT, a three-year Mellon funded initiative which culminated in an institutional repository designed to share both research and teaching resources, an enabling institutional open access policy, Guidelines supporting open access and research outputs. She blogs intermittently at http://lauraczerniewicz.uct.ac.za/ and can be followed as @czernie on Twitter.

 

This event has ended – Please view seminar landing page for resources and past discussions.

Twitter Chat: Using social media for professional development & collaboration

This month we are teaming up with our colleagues from the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) and jointly present this twitter chat with the theme: Using social media for professional development and cross-border collaborations. Join and connect with colleagues to speak about your professional development challenges and learn how social media can be used to extend professional networks and learning.

This event will take place Thursday 25 August 4 pm GMT. This is the following times in these time zones: 4 pm (Accra) / 5 pm (Abuja) / 6 pm (Cape Town) / 7 pm (Nairobi). If you are new to Twitter chats please view this document. For more details please below. To be reminded about this event, receive instructions on how to join and news about future AECT and e/merge Africa events please use the sign up form below:

Thank you to AECT for organising and to those who took part. A summary is available here

 

ELICE: From PowerPoint Slidedeck to Interactive Learning Using Authoring Tools

 Join ELICE today to lean about tools for eLearning.

Together with our colleagues of the organising committee of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE) we present this free pre-conference webinar. Please see participation details below

When: Tuesday, 2 August at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time / 4:00 pm (South Africa)  This webinar has been postponed due to technical issues – new rescheduled time will be announced here as soon it’s available

Who:   Dr. Penina Lam

What: From PowerPoint Slidedeck to Interactive Learning Using Authoring Tools

How:  Click here to join

For more information and assistance: Email: oc.ecilenull@ffats

It’s free to register and participate!

PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL TIME ZONE HERE

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