Developing world MOOCs – A workshop on MOOCs in Africa

17 June – 27 June 2014

This two-week 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 will engage participants in the debates around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how universities, especially in Africa, might respond and use the opportunities. The presenters, who are part of the MOOC Task Team  based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) will present 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.

The workshop will start with an live online meeting on Wednesday, 18 June from 1-2 pm (SAST/GMT +2) which will be recorded. For those interested in exploring the question more deeply, we will share a number of resources and run a discussion forum where issues can be explored in more detail. We 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.

The presenters are based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and comprise the organisation’s MOOC Task Team, which has a remit to research and develop strategies for institutional engagement with MOOCs.

Andrew Deacon works in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the CILT MOOC Task 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 MOOC Task Team with a remit to research and develop strategies for institutional engagement with MOOCs. Her other projects include Research Communication strategy for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development in the Global South (ROER4D) and Online Learning Design. 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 CILT MOOC Task 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.

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3 thoughts on “Developing world MOOCs – A workshop on MOOCs in Africa

  1. How do MOOCs fit into the frame of traditional, brick-and-mortal higher ed institutions which are only introducing technology? Will general studies courses be potential candidates for MOOCs? What practical steps can be taken to introduce MOOCs in developing contexts?

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