9 April 2024: Using Artificial intelligence in education


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Session Description: In this session we will discuss how to introduce AI in higher education, develop effective policies for AI courses and envision AI ethics in Education (AIED).  Throughout this session, we will investigate key insights and strategies that will empower educators and learners navigate the ever-evolving intersection of AI and education. 

Please notice: This seminar will be in English

Presenter Bio:

Zuheir N Khlaif is a Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences and a Researcher in Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality Research Center at An-Najah National University, Palestine. He holds MSc in Instructional Design and PhD degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Khlaif conducts empirical studies on technology integration in higher and public education, online learning, computational thinking, and technostress, to which he applies various critical theories. He is also interested in emerging research paradigms, including social network analysis, learning analytics, and data mining. 

He shares his views on his Facebook feed @khlaifz.

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zuheir-khlaif-0aa56550/?originalSubdomain=ae

Facilitating Online Course in 2023


This year the Facilitating Online course ran three well attended course cohorts and we are now open for registration for our 2023 cohorts. The dates for all four 2023 cohorts are the following:

16 Oct – 08 December 2023 (Apply by 6th October 2023)

Please apply here

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 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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7 February 2024: Toward the Governance of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education:A data justice framework & early lessons in practical implementation

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 7th February 2024: 10:00am – 11:00am SAST;  7:00pm Melbourne Australia


Dr Katya Pechenkina, Cultural Anthropologist, Teaching and Learning scholar, and award-winning lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Session Description: 

Drawing on scholarship dedicated to data justice and ethics of care, this presentation seeks to answer urgent questions associated with the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education (HE). We will look at how AI can be used in HE for good, how can this rapidly growing industry be regulated, and what would a conceptual framework for data justice and fair usage of AI in HE look like?

Practical lessons from designing AI guidelines to empower educators in HE (and beyond) are shared.

Presenter Bio: 

Katya Pechenkina is a cultural anthropologist, Teaching and Learning scholar, and award-winning lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her research focuses on impact and evaluation in education, as well as on understanding how educators and students experience technological change. More info about her here


Higher Education for Good: Teaching and Learning Futures: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/books/10.11647/obp.0363 

Examples of AI use in assessments

https://aipedagogy.org/ – an evolving collection of curated assignments that integrate genAI tools from educators around the world.

Examples to safeguard against AI in high-stakes summative assessments

https://trefnycenter.mines.edu/effective-teaching-and-generative-ai/ – ideas for (re)designing assessments that encourage critical engagement with AI, and ideas for re(designing) assignments to be more human-centred.

https://educational-innovation.sydney.edu.au/teaching@sydney/how-can-i-update-assessments-to-deal-with-chatgpt-and-other-generative-ai/ – How can I update assessments to deal with ChatGPT and other generative AI? 

8 February 2024: Learning Methods Out of School: Blogs, Webinars, and Courses for Practicing Researchers

Date and Time: Thursday, 8th February 2024, 14:00 – 15:30 SAST

Session Description:

Join us for this panel discussion with: Dr. Janet Salmons, SAGE Publications (US), Dr. Nicola Pallitt, Rhodes University (South Africa), Andy Nobes, INASP (UK) and Tony Carr, e/merge Africa / University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Researchers need to keep learning new approaches in order to study a changing world. How can we keep learning once we have completed our degrees and are busy with our careers? We go online, of course! In this webinar we will discuss the kinds of opportunities and resources available for new and experienced researchers who want to sharpen skills and develop new ones. This webinar will be valuable to researchers, as well as to those who want to offer information, consultation, or learning opportunities to others.

Please join us by signing up via Zoom here


6 Ways to Teach and Learn Methods with Videos: http://tinyurl.com/3zzt82h7

Panellists Bios:  

Dr. Janet Salmons is a free-range scholar and methodologist. She serves as the Research Community Manager for SAGE Publications’ research community, www.MethodSpace.com. Recent books include: Doing Qualitative Research Online 2nd edition (2022), What Kind of Researcher Are You? (2021). She will be a fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in 2024.

She seeks to expand critical perspectives on educational technologies in Higher Education.

Dr Nicola Pallitt supports academics to use technologies effectively for teaching and learning. She supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses and professional development offerings in Higher Education. She values contextual and culturally responsive approaches to learning design and educational technology usage.

Andy Nobes  Joined INASP in January 2014. His work is focused on helping researchers develop their research writing and communication skills through online resources, courses, mentoring and peer learning. He currently manages the AuthorAID website and has been instrumental in the development of the AuthorAID online courses in research writing and proposal writing, which have evolved into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Andy has also been involved in training journal editors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in digital publishing practices.  He previously worked for an academic publisher in journal e-marketing and library marketing.

Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and the convenor of e/merge Africa. His professional interests include online conference design, online facilitation and online professional development networks.