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2 October 2020: Arabic Event: Online Learning Tools and Techniques


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Description: In this webinar we will look at- How do we learn Model of Learning through Senses; Types of Interactions in the Online learning Environments; Synchronous Learning Tools; Asynchronous Learning Tools; Methods of Integrating; Learning Tools

Synchronous and Asynchronous; and a potential Scenario for Practical Use of Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Tools

Presenter Bio: Dr Ahmed Mokhtar A. Abdelaziz, A chairman of an English Language Unit at Saudi Aramco’s Industrial Training Department (Saudi Arabia)

Language:Please note seminar language is Arabic  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.mukhtarabdelaziz

For more information and to join please see e/merge Africa Arabic

6 October 2020: Challenges of EdTech Response to COVID-19: Similarities between University of Namibia and University of Alabama


Date and Time: Tuesday, 6 October 2020; 3:00pm SAST/ 9:00am CBT

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Presenter: Dr. Angela D. Benson is a professor of instructional technology in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research addresses the role of culture in technology-mediated learning environments. She has given more than 50 presentations and published more than 40 academic publications related to distance and online learning. In addition, Dr. Benson has  taught a variety of educational technology courses delivered in a variety of formats. Her professional experience includes thirteen years as a systems engineer in the telecommunications industry. She holds undergraduate degrees in Math and Industrial Engineering, master’s degrees in Operations Research and Human Resource Development, and a doctorate in Instructional Technology.

She has published more than 40 academic publications and presented more than 50 academic presentations, primarily addressing issues of power and politics in online learning environments. She regularly teaches courses in instructional technology foundations, instructional design, online course development, software development and technology management. She has also facilitated more than 50 educational technology workshops for higher education faculty and staff, including a recent session with 30 Chinese scholars in Shenyang, China. Dr. Benson is one of the editors of the book, Culture, Learning and Technology: Research and Practice, and President of the Culture, Learning and Technology Division of AECT.

Dr. Benson was serving as a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia from January 2019 – June 2020.  Follow her journey on FacebookDescription: This session will look into the commonalities between the USA and Namibia in EdTech response to COVID-19 and the common challenges both countries face with serving marginalized communities.  The webinar will compare how EdTech is deployed and used in University of Namibia (UNAM) and at the University of Alabama.  It will highlight the rationales for the decisions made and the focus will be on how we are alike and face similar challenges even from different settings and institutions.

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14 October 2020: Blended and Online Learning Policies in African Higher Education


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Description:  Blended and online learning policies in African higher education is an important topic. It would be interesting to understand if African Universities are prioritizing the development, implementation and institutionalization of these policies.  In this Two hours webinar, the presenters will contrast some blended and online learning policies from several Universities within and without Africa. The linkage and relationship with other policies within a university and the infrastructure required and other aspects to have a good blended and online learning policy.  It will also be an opportunity to know how the Association of African Universities (AAU) supports  or can support the development, implementation and institutionalization of these policies and what the future holds post COVID 19.

Our Presenters:

Prof. Karen Meyers-Ferreira: is the Coordinator Modern Languages/Linguistics of the Institute of Distance Education (University of Swaziland) since October 2010. She obtained various qualifications: MA Romance Philology (French-Spanish), Honours Portuguese, Post-Graduate Diploma Translation (French-English-French), MA Linguistics, LLM Degree (Legal aspects of new technologies), PhD in French (feminine Francophone autofiction). She has published a monograph on Francophone autofiction, several articles (autofictional feminine writing, crime fiction, 20th and 21st Francophone, Anglophone and Lusophone African authors, distance and e-learning), participates regularly in international conferences and is a keen translator and interpreter.

E-portfolio: http://karenferreirameyers.wix.com/midt-eportfolio-kfm

Online presence: https://www:researchgate.net/profile/Karen_Ferreira-Meyers


 https://www.linkedin.com › karen-ferreira-meyers-638a5b79

Profile from University of Eswatini Staff page

 Full Resume 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karen.ferreirameyers

Ms. Nodumo Dhlamini: is a Zimbabwean national who lives and works in Ghana. She is employed as the Director of ICT Services and Knowledge Management at the Association of African Universities (AAU) Secretariat. Nodumo holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science) and a Master of Business Administration.

Twitter: @NodumoDhlamini

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dhlaminin

Dr. Nicola Palitt: Coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University and offers professional development opportunities for academics to use technologies effectively in their roles as educators and researchers. Dr. Pallitt provides learning design support and consultation in relation to teaching with technology (technology integration) and blended and online teaching and learning. She also supports lecturers to design appropriate technology-mediated learning experiences for their students. Nicola supervises postgraduate students and co-teach on formal courses in Higher Education. She enjoys meeting EdTech practitioners and researchers from across the globe. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicola.pallitt

Twitter: @nicolapallitt 

To join this event please sign up below. Please note once signed up you will be taken to a separate Zoom sign up form. We kindly request you to sign up on both.

20 October: From Page to Stage (screen?): Bringing your online teaching to life


Date and Time: Tuesday 20 October 2020: 2:00pm SAST

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Description:  In this session we will introduce some practical strategies to enliven your online teaching. Drawing from theatre and performance studies, participants can expect some tips on how to prepare the voice, employ different rhythms, bring awareness to the eyeline/gaze and how to bring your personality across the digital divide. By the end of the session participants will have some foundational tools in physically embodying teaching and learning on screen. 

Facilitated by: Gavin Krastin, lecturer at Rhodes University Drama Department

A Rhodes University alumnus, Gavin Krastin, is an award-winning artist working predominantly in live art performance, but whose practice also straddles theatre, dance, visual arts and curatorship. After lecturing at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, Gavin (re)joined Rhodes University Department of Drama in 2018 on contract, but permanent from 2021, where he lectures, teaches and supervises across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He teaches undergraduate Vocal Practice and Acting courses, the postgraduate Performance Studies course as well as the undergraduate Theatre Studies programme. He also coordinates and teaches the postgraduate course on Dramatic Literature and the undergraduate course on Site-Based Performance. He describes his pedagogical approach as speculative, embodied and experiential.

Resources: From page to Stage (Screen)  – YouTube link  https://youtu.be/Z_birnQbsr8

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26 October: How to Create Happy, Productive Workplaces


Presenter: Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer

Date and Time:  Monday 26 October (3:00pm BST /4:00pm SAST)

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Description:  “Imagine a workplace where people are energized and motivated by being in control of the work they do”, explains Henry. “Imagine they are trusted and given freedom, within clear guidelines, to decide how to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to get the life balance they want. Imagine they are valued according to the work that they do, rather than the number of hours they spend at their desk. Wouldn’t you want to work there?”

IN this highly interactive session Henry will explore how to create a workplace like this, where people feel fulfilled, making the company more productive.

Our Presenter: Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based learning provider Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces.

Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world.  “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business”, explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in 2013 and short-listed for business book of the year.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrystewart/

Twitter: @happyhenry

Resources: http://www.liberatingstructures.com/

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Facilitating Online Course in 2020


facilitating online

  • 7 Sept – 6 Nov 2020  – This run of the course had an unprecedented number of applicants and no further applications are being accepted
  • You are welcome you to apply for a place in our 2021 waiting list. We will assess your application and will contact you with our 2021 dates. 

About the course

Facilitating Online provides a solid foundation for facilitating online events and courses. It is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its support for the e/merge Africa network. It is convened by Tony Carr and Nicola Pallitt and co-facilitated by facilitators from across Africa.

We consider applications in the order in which they arrive so earlier applications stand a higher chance of being accepted

Recommendations by participants

“I learned many facilitation skills that I am now able to apply with my own students. I would recommend the course highly to anyone embarking on the online teaching and learning journey.”
Dr Judith McKenzie, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town.

“This course doesn’t just teach you ABOUT online Facilitation, it actually gets you to facilitate … It’s a real opportunity to learn and develop. And what’s more? It has an African taste…”
Daniel Adeboye, Online Maths Tutor, Tutor for the Future

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18 September: Arabic event: How to Create an eLearning Unit

Presenter:   Prof. Samia El Azab, University of Cairo, Egypt 

Date and Time: 18 September 2020, 3:00 pm SAST/Cairo Time (Please note new clock time)

Session format: 2 hour Webinar 

Description: The workshop aims to provide the participants the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes toward E-learning

Some of the main objectives are:

  • By the end of the workshop, every participant will be able to:
  • Defines the concept of E-learning
  • Differentiate between E-learning and traditional teaching
  • Describes the stages of E-learning development
  • Create an E-learning unit for one ILO using courselab program
  • Demonstrate the features of the program regarding title page, master page, and successive pages.
  • Demonstrate different activities using the program
  • Demonstrate how to formulate different types of questions
  • Demonstrate how to establish a test
  • Demonstrate how eContent is published

Presenter Bio: Dr. Samia El-Azab, Professor of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo University and a eLearning Expert

This event has ended – please refer to the e/merge Africa YouTube channel for an upcoming recording

Language:Please note seminar language is Arabic  



25 September 2020: The Arab film TV School- Distance Learning

Description: TBC

Presenter:    Professor Mona El-Sabban, ?professor at High Institute of Cinema-Academy of Arts-Cairo.?-Founder and director of the Arab film TV School ?www.arabfilmtvschool.edu.eg

Presenter Bio: Professor Mona El-Sabban, ?professor at High Institute of Cinema-Academy of Arts-Cairo.?-Founder and director of the Arab film TV School ?www.arabfilmtvschool.edu.eg ?- 

Language:Please note seminar language is Arabic 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mona.elsabba

This session has ended – please refer to the recording