Our dynamic e/merge Africa team of Irene Maweu, Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla, and Ralitsa Debrah are back home in Kenya, South Africa and Ghana from eLearning Africa 2019 in Abidjan. They will report on their impressions of the conference and share highlights and insights about the state of e-learning in Africa and ways to improve it.
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Ralitsa Debrah I am a design educator/ researcher at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. I play an active role in several design and education related organisations such as: e/Merge Africa, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Network; Design Research and Activity Workgroup/ network (DRAWn CPUT and KNUST), Network of Afrikan Designers (NAD), Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI), Ghana Institute of Graphic Artists (GhiGha); DesignGhana; and serve as the Afrikan Ambassador to Open Design Afrika (ODA) organisation, in Cape Town, South Africa. My research interests include: Educational Technology, Gamification, Service Design, Communication Design, within Trans-disciplinary settings. I have worked on several design and education related projects on sustainability in both Afrikan and European settings such as C-San-Futures, INDEHELA ISD4D, LeNSes, EU Party Project and Open Educational Resources (OER), KNUST, Ghana. I co-facilitate the e/merge Africa Facilitating Online course. I am looking forward to engage with fellow researchers and explore possibilities of future research collaborations. I am a futurist, a lifelong learner, I love people and connecting.
Irene Maweu By training, exchange and partnerships with institutions of higher learning, development partners, private and public sector and Non-Governmental Organizations, I have experience in various fields, with many years in human capacity development especially in e-learning. I have been involved in content development, design and delivery of various courses and trainings. I also have experience and passion for health related, cross cutting, strategic as well as policy issues. I am a member of the International Association of Facilitators, eLearning in Development implementation (ELDI), Guidelines International Network (GIN) and e/merge Africa team among others. I love travelling, networking and changing lives.
Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodlae/Merge Africa Network Regional Coordinator for Southern and East Africa I have a multi-disciplinary background in Agriculture, Botany and ICTs for education resulting in lecturing and research experience totalling more than 25 years at the Universities of Transkei and Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa. My more recent experiences involve working as a Programme Specialist for 7.5 years at SAIDE, an educational research and development NGO. This work involved working with various tertiary institutions on the continent focussing mainly on open and distance learning programmes, the development and use of open education resources, ICTs for Education and development, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of educational interventions. In my capacity as a Vodacom Change the World volunteer 2014-2016 I have been working with the Buffelshoek Trust to set up and capacitate 11 ICT Centres situated at 9 rural schools in Bushbuckridge Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Dr Nicola Pallitt is just back from the AECT International Convention in Las Vegas and she has a lot of valuable information and experience to share about the learning from the conference including some in depth insights from the best workshops and presentations at #AECT19.
Dr. Nicola Pallitt is an Academic Staff Development Practitioner: Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Specialist, CHERTL, Rhodes University I coordinate the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit at Rhodes and offer professional development opportunities for academics to use technologies effectively in their roles as educators and researchers. I provide learning design support and consultation in relation to teaching with technology (technology integration) and blended and online teaching and learning. I support lecturers to design appropriate technology mediated learning experiences for their students. I supervise postgraduate students and co-teach on formal courses in Higher Education. I co-convene the e/merge Africa Facilitating Online course. I received my PhD in Media Studies (2013) and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies (2014) from the University of Cape Town. I hope to engage fellow researcher-practitioners in research that takes critical, contextual and pedagogically informed approaches to educational technology. I am an avid sketchnoter, networked scholar and lifelong learner. Contact: [email protected]