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.

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)

Announcement of e/merge Africa events

I am pleased to announce six e/merge online seminars and workshops with several more in the pipeline for 2014. Further details, Facebook event pages and registration pages will follow shortly. We welcome further proposals particularly for the second half of the year. Thanks to all the colleagues who will lead workshops or seminars this year.


18 March – 26 March – Digital Story Telling Workshop: Presenters: Jolanda de Villiers Morkel, Senior Lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa & Daniella Gachago, Lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. Please note that a maximum of 25 participants will be accepted for this workshop.

31 March – 4 April – mLearning Seminar: 1) How to use tablets for effective adult education in Africa. Presenter: Batseba Seifu (Project Manager, The Africa Peace and Security Programme, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and 2) mLearning via audio and GSM/feature phones. Presenter: Christopher Pruijsen (CEO & Co-founder of Sterio.me )

14 April to 16 May – Learning Design Workshop. Convenors: Jolanda de Villiers Morkel (Senior Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) & Professor Gráinne Conole (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)

30 April – 5 May – Inclusive Design of e-Learning Environments: A Global Agenda (Seminar). Presenter: Associate Professor Denise Wood (University of South Australia)

18 June – 20 June – The Web in Africa (Seminar). Presenter: Nnenna Nwakanma, Regional Coordinator for Africa, World Wide Web Foundation

15 October – 17 October – Presenter: Professor Gilly Salmon (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia). Title to be announced

What is e/merge Africa?

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.

Calls for Proposals and Nominations for e/merge Africa events

This post follows up on the survey report and an executive summary from the e/merge Africa Needs and Priorities Survey which are available for reading , download and comment in Google Drive.  The report concludes with a list of priority topics for e/merge Africa 2014 events which appears at the end of this message.

There are so many forms of deep expertise and rich professional experience across diverse contexts within e/merge Africa and our events should reflect this depth, richness and diversity. Please consider yourself as a potential online presenter or workshop leader and let us know what you would like to offer.  

Call for Proposals: You are invited to propose an online event for e/merge Africa in 2014 which shares your expertise, insight and practices with colleagues across Africa and the world using our online proposal form or feel encouraged to address more preliminary or speculative ideas to us at ten.acirfaegremenull@ofni. We will give preference to events addressing one or more of the priority topics for 2014 activities but will certainly consider other areas as well. Please submit proposals by 24 January if you want to be considered  for events from February to April.

Call for Nominations: You are invited to nominate a potential presenter from Africa or another continent for an e/merge 2014 event using our online nomination form.

Priorities for e/merge Africa Activities in 2014

The Needs and Priorities survey ends with a list of 21 topics in clusters focused on pedagogy, African context, technology, and evaluation and research practices. Calls for event proposals and nominations of presenters will be issued in early January 2014. 

  • The Pedagogy cluster  includes Designing online and blended courses;  ICT Integration; Use of Open Educational Resources; Teaching and facilitating online; Using Social Media for teaching and learning; Application of new learning theories for blended learning ; Using mobile technologies for teaching and learning; Innovative new ways to teach and learn;Gamification (Horizon Report 2013); and Digital Literacies (Glister, Davidson and Goldberg)
  • The African Context cluster includes Design for our African contexts; and MOOCs in Africa
  • The Technology cluster includes Creating course content; Capturing and editing images and audio; Communication tools; and Practices from Low Tech
  • The Evaluation and Research Practices cluster includes Using social media for research;  Using ‘open tools’ for research; Innovative practices in educational technology research; andLearning Analytics (Horizon Report 2013)

topics for 2014
Graphic by Rondine Carstens

Seminar Report: Blended Learning in resource Constrained Contexts

Thanks to our presenters Jerome Dooga from University of Jos and Peter Aborisade from Federal University of Technology, Akure who provided a very accessible and useful introduction to blended learning in the form of a narrated presentation and shared their own practices in the discussions and live meetings. Sixty registered users logged in to our site and 27 posted at some point in the live site forums. Fourteen seminar participants posted in the e/merge Africa Facebook group. A total of thirteen took part in the two live meetings on October 23rd and 24th respectively with the most participation being on the 24th.

Topics discussed included experiences of how technology can support learning, choosing technologies appropriate for African contexts, the use of social media and mobile technologies, flipped classrooms and learner ownership of the learning process. The blend was adjusted to respond to challenges experienced by our presenters including an ongoing lecturer strike, power cuts and high latency connections so the live meetings relied quite heavily on text chat.

Some quotes from the seminar included:

  • I am thinking rather “technologies for teachers, and learners, and subjects, and contexts … and so on …”. It is MUCH more complicated that we tend to assume” Andy
  • Maybe we should be strengthening our traditions of exploring a variety of resources and using multiple modes of presentation, while we worry less about students coming to class or not” Lennox
  • Putting students in a class with a lecturer does not mean that teaching and learning is taking place”. (Penny)
  • Flip not only the classroom, but roles as well” (Peter)
  • There are many ways of killing a rat: If one medium fails you, try another “(Jerome)

Next Seminar: “Designing Blended Courses for Low Resource Contexts: Will They Still Come to Class?”

Dear colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to announce an online seminar entitled “Designing Blended Courses for Low Resource Contexts: Will They Still Come to Class?” which will run from 22nd October to 24th October. Our presenters are Jerome Terpase Dooga (University of Jos, Nigeria) and Peter Aborisade (Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria). Peter and Jerome will share a short presentation to stimulate discussion. During these three days of the seminar, Peter and Jerome will lead online discussion and a live online meeting giving a great opportunity to share experience and insight, ask questions and interact. We are currently conducting maintenance and upgrades of the emergeafrica.net/live site in preparation for this event. The e/merge Africa Facebook group will also feature as a place for vibrant conversation during the seminar.


Our first activity has been postponed to August. An announcement will be made as soon as details of the event are available. In the meanwhile planning processes continue including the e/merge Africa Needs and Priorities Survey.