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.

Live Online Panel: Gendered Perspectives on Educational Technologies

Don’t miss out on our Live online panel at 1 pm (SAST/GMT+2) on Friday 13 June with Dr. Ruth Nsibirano from Makarere University and Dr. Nicola Pallitt from University of Cape Town, discussing Gendered Perspectives on uses of Educational Technologies. Ruth’s paper with  Dr Consolata Kabonesa entitled Time to Change: Gendered Perspectives on Use of Educational Technologies For Teaching in Makerere University is still available for download.

 

 

Starting Today: Time to change: Gendered perceptions on uses of educational technologies

We hope that you are well and that all who went to the eLearning Africa conference last week have returned home safely.

Today we are excited to announce the start of our current e/merge Africa seminar “Time to change: Gendered perceptions on uses of educational technologies” which will be led by Dr. Ruth Nsibirano and Dr. Consolata Kabonesa from Makerere University, Uganda. The seminar will run until Friday 6 June.

Ruth and Consolata’s paper entitled Time to Change: Gendered Perspectives on Use of Educational Technologies For Teaching in Makerere University is available for download. We invite you to come and join us in the seminar discussion forum.  Please start by saying a bit about yourself in the Introductions topic.On Friday this seminar will end with a live online meeting led by the seminar leaders and Dr. Nicola Pallitt from the University of Cape Town. More details will be provided later.

All links and resources are available via the seminar landing page on the e/merge Africa website. Please note that in order to access these resources you will need to log in, when prompted. If you haven’t yet registered to the e/merge Africa website, you can do so for free here

We look forward to your input and thoughts!