Twitter Chat: Using social media for professional development & collaboration

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


ELICE: From PowerPoint Slidedeck to Interactive Learning Using Authoring Tools

 Join ELICE today to lean about tools for eLearning.

Together with our colleagues of the organising committee of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE) we present this free pre-conference webinar. Please see participation details below

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

How:  Click here to join

For more information and assistance: Email: oc.ecilenull@ffats

It’s free to register and participate!


Join the face-to-face part of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE), Nairobi, Kenya 12- 16 September 2016

ELICE webinar: eLearning Best Practices

Together with our colleagues of the organising committee of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE) we present this free pre-conference webinar. Please see participation details below

When: Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time / 3:00 pm (South Africa)

Who:   Featured Speaker:  Dave Neely

What: eLearning Best Practices: Maximizing Customer Loyalty in a Tough Economy

How:  Learn more and Register to save your virtual seat

Want to participate?: Email: oc.ecilenull@ffats

It’s free to register and participate!


Join the face-to-face part of the e-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo (ELICE), Nairobi, Kenya 12- 16 September 2016

Making more uses of MOOCs

 25 – 29 July 2016 

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


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Workshop: Quality assuring online learning

22 – 26  August 2016

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


Intellectual Property Rights: Implications and Best Practices for Elearning Practitioners.

Monday 6 June – Friday 10 June 2016

eLearning and Intellectual Property Rights: Implications and Best Practices for Elearning Practitioners.

Thank you to all who took part in Monday’s webinar! Adobe Connect recording is available here. View resources and join the conversation on this topic by visiting the seminar landing page

Join us for this seminar on intellectual property rights and the role of policies regulating these. This seminar is lead by Carnegie Diaspora Fellow Dr. Jasmine Renner from East-Tennessee University, United States. Dr. Renner will start with a webinar on Monday 6 June at 3 pm (SAST) where she will be joined by Dr. Glenda Cox (Research on Open Educational Resources for Development – ROER4D, University of Cape Town, South Africa). and continue the conversation in a discussion forum during the rest of the week. Sign up below to join!


eLearning practitioners are increasingly creating educational materials that are offered on a wide scale, globally. With this dynamic frontier, emerge questions and concerns about intellectual property rights among content developers and providers. Questions such as who owns the digital materials and content that I create and post online? What are institutional or organizational limits of ownership to my e-materials and digital products? Can I patent my work and what are organizational implications? Do I have the right to use content for eLearning courses that is easily downloadable and found on the worldwide web at another organization? This webinar addresses intellectual property rights questions related to the content and development of eLearning educational materials and discusses its implications for practitioners, students and institutions or organizations. Please sign up here:

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Dr. Jasmine Renner is an international speaker, author, lecturer. educator and consultant for governments and civil societies. She was appointed a 2015 Carnegie Africa Disapora Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a Fulbright Specialist Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The Fulbright Specialist scholar award is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Carnegie Africa Disapora Fellow award is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the Institute of International Education in partnership with Quinnipiac University in New York. She is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University.

eLearning Africa report back

The e/merge Africa team has returned after an exciting week in Egypt, attending the annual eLearning Africa conference. We learned a lot, we connected a lot and had many great experiences we would like to share! Today Wednesday 1 June 2016 we hosted a one hour webinar sharing the team’s views and impressions of the conference. Recording is available here

10 Essential Ingredients for an Effective eMentoring Design Plan

Monday 16 May – Friday 20 May 2016 

Join us from 16 May to 20 May 2016 when Dr. Penina Lam is hosting “10 Essential Ingredients for an Effective eMentoring Design Plan”. View Monday’s webinar here, then proceed to our seminar landing page here to view more resources and take part in the conversation in the discussion forum.

Objectives: By the end of this Webinar, the participants will be able to:
• Evaluate the benefits associated with virtual mentoring and fit for their audience(s)
• Describe the 10 essential ingredients for designing an effective eMentoring plan
• Choose to engage in facilitated sessions following the Webinar and apply lessons learned
Abstract. Virtual mentoring (eMentoring) offers an unprecedented pathway to accessing a rich pool of global talent and expertise who can enrich in-class and out-of-class learning experiences. It holds great promise for mentors and mentees; for individuals, schools and workplaces. eMentoring applications presents opportunities for mentoring pairs or teams who can now meet and communicate from virtually anywhere around the globe! eMentoring can introduce a valuable blend to the educator’s took kit enabling the engagement of diverse learning stakeholders and utilizing readily available technologies.

Mentoring is useful as a learning approach for all ages and levels of experience that has been shown to have tremendous benefits for those who engage. Mentoring helps develop confidence, key competencies, and networking resources particularly vital for today’s competitive workplace. Virtual mentoring is not just about the technology that is used but about the people relationships and strategy to develop a sound initiative.

The participants will evaluate the promise of these mobile- and Web-based applications and how mentorship can be designed for maximum impact. This Webinar will focus on these foundations of eMentoring to provide educators with ideas on design principles, tools, and tips for implementation.

The Webinar session will be interactive, featuring live polls and chats with the featured speaker. Following the live session, the participants will engage with a facilitator for deeper reflection activities.

Dr. Penina Lam is the CEO of eLearning Innovators, Inc. She is also the Online Instructional Design Consultant for the World Bank’s Gateway Academy.
She co-directs the annual eLearning Innovations Conference & Expo (ELICE), reaching thousands of educators, leaders, and innovators.
She’s passionate about learning and organizational development. As a learning solutions consultant and coach, she works internationally to support organizations with accessible, efficient, and quality multi-media learning options. She is an early adopter of eLearning and since 2001, she’s been involved in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of dozens of online and blended courses.
Penina holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (OD) from the University of Louisville (USA); a master’s in higher education; and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University (B.Ed. Hon).  She served in senior leadership roles in higher education and corporate sectors. She has served as faculty at the University of Arkansas (USA); Queen’s University (Canada) and the Kenya Utalii College.
Penina is a member of Rotary International. She serves on several non-profit Boards. She authored Virtual Mentoring (2015) and co-authored The Management of Adult Education Organizations in Africa (2011), published by the UNESCO Institute of Education & Pearson.

AAU / e/merge Africa survey on elearning uptake and professional development needs – take part today!

This survey is now closed and we would like thank all who took part. We are currently looking at the data obtained and will share this later during the year. If you were one of the lucky ones who won a prize, please note we are currently processing all prize entries and will send during this month. If you indicated that you would like to convene an e/merge Africa webinar, seminar or workshop we will contact you during the next couple of months.

Completing the AAU/ e/merge Africa survey is a powerful act of participation in growing e-learning capacity across our continent. We need your help with this. The survey results will help the Association of African Universities and e/merge Africa to design programmes of vibrant, highly relevant professional development activities which draw on the depth of expertise in the network and support your effectiveness as an e-learning practitioner or researcher. To do this we need good up to date information from hundreds of colleagues like you across African higher education. After completion you will be able to enter a draw for iTunes, Google Play and Amazon vouchers. The survey closed on 15 July 2016!

This survey is a project of the Association of African Universities in partnership with the e/merge Africa professional development network. The survey is designed to provide information about e-learning uptake as well as the professional development needs and priorities of e-learning practitioners and researchers in African Higher Education Institutions. 

The survey has 33 questions and will take up to 30 minutes to complete. All information supplied will be anonymous and no potentially identifying details will be shared. At the beginning of the survey you will be asked to confirm your consent to participate. After completion of the survey you will be able to enter a draw for prizes of US$25 and US$50, iTunes and Google Play vouchers.
Please click here to take part in the survey. Please forward to colleagues based at higher education institutions within Africa. Our survey is also available in French, Portuguese and Arabic.




Thursday 5 May 2016 at 1 pm (SAST)

Thank you to all who took part in this short seminar either at the University of Cape Town or online via Adobe Connect. The recording of this session is available here

To enable working individuals and other non-traditional students with limited means and located in outlying areas, to advance their qualifications, traditional offerings should be interrogated. Alternative pathways to qualification must be sought, employing thoughtful learning design process and optimising available technology that is accessible, practical and sustainable.

In response to the need to transform the architectural profession, to promote broader access and address issues of affordability and proximity to the campus,

an existing curriculum was redesigned. The new blended BTech programme in Architectural Technology is offered through a University-Industry collaboration by means of on-campus block release, office-based mentoring and online engagement. The studio methodology, which is closely associated with architectural education, remains at the centre of the learning agenda, although through different modalities and implemented across time and space.

In this presentation, lessons learnt from a pilot programme that successfully produced its first graduates in April this year, is shared.


Jolanda Morkel is a senior lecturer in the Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where she is also busy with doctoral studies, focusing on the use of technology to mediate studio-based learning. She heads up a blended programme in architecture, optimising workplace and online learning, together with workshop format on-campus blocks, to promote access and transformation of the architectural profession.