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

We are happy to announce our next online seminar How to use tablets and blended learning for effective adult education in Africa starting Monday 4 August and runs to and including Friday 8 August. This seminar is led by Batseba Seifu from Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our presenter will showcase a tablet based blended training application for adult education, used in Ethiopia in order to  introduce the benefits of using tablets for training and show ways of mitigating challenges often faced when using tablets for training adults in Africa. Participants will learn how to apply the technology, methodology, and didactics of the training to other subjects and other areas in Africa to harness the potential of tablets for training. Two key strategies here are supporting student interaction and motivation during the distance learning period and supporting socialization during the face-to-face learning period. The case presented will serve as stimulus for an online discussion about how to use technologies for education in areas with severely constrained  internet connectivity and bandwidth. This seminar is free of charge and you can sign up using the form below.

Batseba Seifu is a project manager at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Prior to working at IPSS, she worked at various organizations among which are PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Nature Conservancy. She earned her Masters of Public Administration from New York University and her BA degree in Paralegal Studies from Central Washington University (Cum Laude). She lived in the United States of America for 14 years before settling in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

‘Online Interview Research’ – live session today

Please join us, when we will be ending our seminar Online Interview Research: Designing, Doing, Teaching with Dr Janet Salmons today. Dr. Salmons will host a live session today 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 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.