Facilitating Online Course in 2020


facilitating online

The course will run three times in 2020:

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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21 February: Arabic event: Introduction to Designing Gamified Learning Experience

Presenter: Ahmed Hossam, Gamification Advisor for the University of Wales

Date and Time:  Friday 21 February 2020, 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time

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Description: Join this presentation and the conversation on the role of gamification in education, particularly from the perspective of the Arabic speaking world. Please note seminar language is Arabic

Bio: Ahmed Hossam is the Gamification advisor for the University of Wales, a board member in the International Gamification Confederation (GAMFED); he is a highly reputable solution architect, Keynote speaker, Consultant, and Facilitator; for over 10 years he has delivered many solutions in different industries like: Healthcare, Telecommunications, Education, for a variety of regional, multinational & global fortune organizations such as Hewlett Packard (HP Germany, Belgium & Ireland), Vodafone (Germany and Italy), Oracle (Dubai), Oakland University, State University of New York, Deloitte Argentine, P&G, FAVV (The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain in Belgium), DXC Technology, Integrant Inc, Abudawood (Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia), American University in Cairo, M2M South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia), Paraguay Foundation.

Registration and more information on the e/merge Africa Arabic event section

25 February 2020: Building student learning muscle with online assessment

Session format: Once-off webinar

Date and Time: Tuesday, 25 February, 1pm SAST

Presenter: Anneri Meintjes, Researcher, University of the Free State, South Africa 

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How can online assessment be used to enhance student learning? How you design online assessment activities play an important role in achieving this. This one-hour webinar, presented by Anneri Meintjes from the University of the Free State will focus on practical strategies for designing online assessment activities that enhance student learning by considering challenges that many higher education institutions in developing countries face, such as limited internet connectivity of our students, limited access to devices, and lack of digital skills. The session will be useful for lecturers and academic developers. 

Session outcomes:

  • Address online assessment challenges through design; 
  • Design online assessment activities that enhance student learning;
  • Develop multiple choice questions that test higher-order learning

This webinar is presented based on a selection of the online assessment resources developed by the UFS as part of a national research project funded by the Carnegie Foundation of New York. These resources, available as an OER, provide guidance on the entire online assessment cycle.


Anneri Meintjes is a researcher in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of the Free State (UFS). Her main responsibilities include promoting the effective use of online assessment through evidence-based best practice; monitoring student and staff engagement with the institutional learning management system (Blackboard), as well as their digital identities; and investigating the optimisation of blended learning UFS. She has worked in the field of assessment, and particularly online assessment, since 2014.

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14 February 2020: Arabic event: Open Educational Resources (OERs): a technical view

Presenter: Dr. Jamil Itmazi, Palenstine Ahliya University

Date and Time:  Friday, 31 January 2020, 4-5pm SAST/Cairo Time

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Description: One of the most important obstacles to benefiting from OERs is the teacher’s lack of knowledge on how to take advantage of available OERs and how it could be transformed into his local environment (translation, fragmentation, Composition, adaptation, etc.). In this workshop: the open file formats will be defined, categorized, and how to deal with them with some advice on the best ways to benefit from them

Dr. Jamil Itmazi is Dean of Scientific Research at the Palenstine Ahliya University

Registration and more information on the e/merge Africa Arabic event section