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.
Across 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
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.
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.
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.Join the face-to-face part of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE), Nairobi, Kenya 12- 16 September 2016Thank you to all who participated – the recording of this event will be made available during next week.
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
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 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
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
Join us for this event with Sukaina Walji, Janet Small, Andrew Deacon, Tasneem Jaffer, MOOC Implementation Team, University of Cape Town, South Africa
In 2014 the University of Cape Town was one of the first African universities to offer MOOCs on major international platforms. Through examples we will present a framework of use cases for how MOOCs are being used to enhance mainstream academic activities through drawing on MOOC design, materials and pedagogy. MOOCs have the potential for being more than stand-alone public facing courses. Through the examples, we will illustrate how MOOCs are acting as enablers and influences on academics’ teaching and learning practices both when academics use MOOCs they have created in their own mainstream or when they re-use what is available from other institutions.
The format of week long seminar will comprise two live presentations (Tuesday 26 July 1 pm SAST & Friday 29 July 11 am SAST) and online asynchronous discussions in between. The first presentation will cover MOOC use cases in our context and we will ask participants to give feedback and share ideas of how MOOCs are being or could be used in your own context. We will introduce and discuss pedagogical strategies such as flipping, wrapping, blending and reusing MOOCs or materials from MOOCs. The second presentation will respond to forum discussions and examples provided by participants to collaboratively develop a framework for MOOC uses and re-use.
Andrew Deacon works in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is also a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team. He works in curriculum and course design projects with an interest in learning analytics, assessment and online course design.
Sukaina Walji is based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). She is a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team with a remit to research and develop strategies for institutional engagement with MOOCs. She has an Honours degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Online and Distance Education from the Open University (UK).
Janet Small is a course developer based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She is a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team. Janet is involved in curriculum and course design for blended and online courses in higher education – in a range of contexts from formal credit-bearing to less formal co-curricular and professional development. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the University of Cape Town.
Tasneem Jaffer is a Digital Learning Material Designer for the MOOCs team. She most recently worked in the field of user experience (UX), where she used her analytical and research skills to recommend best practices and ways in which to improve the usability of government websites. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in educational technology where her research topic focuses on students’ perceptions of wrapped MOOCs at the University of cape Town. Tasneem is a part of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team
Dr Ephraim Mhlanga, South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE).
Format: There will be two 1 hour online sessions on Tuesday 23 August at 3:30 pm (SAST) &Thursday 25 August at 3:30 pm (SAST) and asynchronous discussion from 22-26 August.
Ephraim Mhlanga is a specialist in quality assurance in higher education at the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide). In December last year he presented a seminar on quality assurance in eLearning and Open Educational resources. The upcoming one week workshop will advocate for e-learning quality assurance as central topic in the eLearning landscape. With an increasing number of providers of e-learning across Africa we risk compromising standards unless we have a QA framework for rolling out e-learning.
Dr Mhlanga asserts that quality assurance should be embedded “in everything we do and at all levels within an institution”. He hopes that through the workshop we will be able to share useful ideas that can enable us to start developing a QA framework for online learning in African higher education. The collaboration between workshop participants will be informed by selected QA frameworks including the framework in development by the African Council for Distance Education.
Ephraim Mhlanga is a Programme Specialist: Quality Assurance at the South African Institute for Distance Education