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)

Social Media Adoption by Nigerian Universities – How have they fared?

Please notice new dates: Monday 12 October – Friday 16 October 2015

This is a one week seminar and our programme for the week will look the following:
Monday 12 October: We will provide access to a landing page on our live-site with presentation resources and a discussion forum.

Wednesday 14 October: Olufemi Oludodun will host a one hour online live session via Adobe Connect, where Olufemi will give a 30 minute presentation with a subsequent opportunity to ask questions and engage with our presenter. We have scheduled this session for Wednesday 14 October at 1 pm (Central African Time): This is:

11 am in Accra
12 pm in Abuja
1 pm in Cape Town
2 pm in Nairobi

More information on how to join this live session via Adobe Connect will be provided soon.

Friday 16 October: Last day of the seminar. Landing page and discussion forum will remain open beyond this week.


Olufemi Olubodun

The increasingly pervasive use of social media has changed the ways that individuals and institutions relate, communicate and share knowledge, with both positive and negative effects. In order to enhance their online visibility and presence universities have focused on a few large social networks. This study by Olufemi Olubodun Assistant Chief Technologist in the Faculty of Dental Sciences at University of Lagos, Nigeria, examines the presence, usage and visibility of social media on Nigerian university websites. The social media sites of institutions in Nigeria were compared to those of institutions in Europe and America in order to answer questions about the use, impact and prospects of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn.

This seminar has ended, please refer to the seminar landing page

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.

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.

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.

Meeting at eLearning Africa 2014

We will be eLA 14 with an e/merge Africa team of six including Alice Barlow-Zambodla, Regional Co-ordinator for Southern and East Africa, Jerome Terpase Dooga , Regional Co-ordinator for Nigeria and Ghana, Mohamed Ahmed El-bahay from Mansoura University in Egypt, Gabriel Konayuma from the Zambian Ministry of Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Jakob Pedersen, e/merge Africa Project Manager and Tony Carr, e/merge Africa convenor. We’re keen to meet you and will be posting regular reports from Kampala here and in Twitter. You can find us at Stand 27.


Visualising Learning Design

The Learning Design workshop led by Grainne Conole and supported by Jolanda de Villiers Morkel started with a live online meeting on 22nd April. Now its up to groups to engage in the learning activities which can bring out the usefulness of the 7Cs approach to our own design projects. Jolanda de Villers Morkel has sketched and shared a visual summary of the design process which communicates the trajectory and allows us to zoom in to some of the detail for each step.

A graphic take

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Live meeting today: mLearning via GSM/Feature phones

You are invited to join us today for the mLearning via GSM/Feature phones live meeting, led by CEO of Sterio.me Christopher Pruijsen at 3 pm SAST (GMT+2). If you’re new to our Adobe Connect Sessions please follow the instructions at the end of this message!
In order to join this event please go to the Adobe Connect meeting room via http://meeting.uct.ac.za/sterio/

Please log in early using the Guest log in (Type in your name and choose Guest). When in the room: Please go to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard to run the audio setup guide.

For new users:
Please run the connection test in advance using the following link:http://meeting.uct.ac.za/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm (Make sure the required plugin has been installed). When in the room: Please go to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard to run the audio setup guide. If any problems please post here or mail to ten.acirfaegremenull@ofni

Digital Storytelling Workshop starting today

 Digital Storytelling for Higher Education runs from 18 – 26 March 2014 and is led by Jolanda de Villiers Morkel and Daniela Gachago, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa. There is still space for a few more colleagues to join the event. To join the first few days for a seminar experience or for the adventure of developing your own digital story please come directly to the e/merge Africa Digital Storytelling Facebook Group.

The programme for the workshop is:

18 03 2014: Participants watch selected CPUTs stories
19 03 2014: Webinar: Introduction to digital storytelling and Q&A session. (12.00-13.00)
20 03 2014: Webinar: Story circle (12.00-13.00)
21-24 03 2014: Script development, sharing of documents on Facebook group
24 03 2014: Feedback on stories
26 03 2014: Webinar: Sharing of digital stories (12.00-13.00)