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25 February 2021: Selfcare for Academics and e-learning Professionals


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Session Type: Workshop (2 hours) 

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021 

Time: 2:00 pm (SAST)

Facilitators:  Shanali Govender, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa and Tony Carr, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa  

Description of why the workshop: 

This is a workshop for academics and e-learning professionals in higher education to consider:

1. Emotional boundaries: balancing compassion with self-care

2. Meeting personal and external expectations

3. Finding appropriate support for ourselves

During the difficult period of emergency remote teaching in 2020, many students were faced with immense personal, logistical, and emotional challenges. Many lecturers and professional staff have mentioned that being confronted with these realities made it difficult to establish boundaries between compassion and self-care. On the one hand, lecturers may wish to be a source of support and an anchor for their students. On the other hand, an  emotional involvement in these matters can come at a personal cost (family, research, mental health). At the same time, expectations for and involvement in research projects continue. The question arises: if one cannot check all the boxes, then which boxes should one choose to tick? What if personal or external goals are incompatible with acute responsibilities or needs?

What you will need for the workshop:

Something soothing – tea/ hot water bottle/ pet/ a friend

Paper and pencil


A private/ safe place

Facilitators Bios:  

Shanali Govender is a Lecturer, Academic Staff Development in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Tony Carr is the convener of e/merge Africa and educational technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Language:Please note seminar language is English

To join this event please use the form below – please note once submitted you are taken to a separate Zoom sign up form. We kindly request to complete both

Facilitating Online Course in 2021


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2 Aug – 23 Sept 2021 (Apply by 25 June 2021)
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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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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