Festival of e-Learning in Africa: Save the Date

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Growing e-Learning Capacity Together

We’re planning a free, inclusive, participant driven online conference that unleashes the power of networks.  From 9-20 July 2018 there will be over 40 events that you can join according to your interest and schedule. Right now we’re asking for your bold ideas!

We aim to:

  • showcase and celebrate the work of e-learning practitioners, researchers and policy-makers working in African Higher and Vocational Education
  • foreground e-learning and educational technology innovation and research
  • provide publication opportunities for emerging researchers
  • share good practices
  • enable networking with experts in Africa and other continents
  • support the growth of networked communities of practice
  • offer opportunities for experiential engagement with new tools and practices

What kind of conference experience do you want?

What do you want to share at the conference?

Tell us by 6 October at tinyurl.com/efest2018

6 March: eCraft2Learn – Project-based Learning and the Maker Movement in the Classroom

Presenter: Calkin Suero Montero (Ph.D.), University of Eastern Finland

Time and Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018, 1 pm SAST

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Most uses of technologies in education and training today do not support 21st-century learning skills. In many cases, new technologies are simply reinforcing old ways of training and learning in current school settings and very often they are introduced according to a narrow perception as being suitable only for talented youth or only for Science-, Maths- or Engineering-oriented majors. Current developments call for a move from this elitism to the recognition that fluency with making technologies represents knowledge and skills valuable for every citizen.

The maker movement is a trend in which individuals or groups of individuals create (and market) products that are recreated and assembled using recycled materials including  electronic, plastic, silicon and virtually any raw material. Digital fabrication, complementary, is a process that joints design with production through the use of tools such as 3D modelling (computer-aided design) software and 3D printing. Nowadays, several studies assure that digital fabrication and making technologies, if coupled with proper learning methodologies such as Constructivism can provide learning experiences that promote young people’s creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills, which are essential and necessary in the workplace of the 21st century.

The eCraft2Learn project will research, design, pilot, and validate a learning ecosystem for making computer-supported artefacts in both formal and informal learning contexts. The eCraft2Learn project seeks to establish digital fabrication and making as 21st century learning activities in formal and informal educational contexts; and to encourage a paradigm shift in technology education from black box and silo products – avoiding pre-programmed and pre-fabricated solutions which appear as black boxes – to the white box paradigm, so that learners change roles from consumers of digital technology to designers and makers of transparent problem solving artefacts.

In this webinar, Dr. Calkin Suero Montero will:

  • Explain maker movement and digital fabrication
  • Engage us in considering what this means for classrooms in educational contexts more broadly (formal and informal, school and university)
  • Share PBL approaches that support 21st century skills through digital fabrication and making from the eCraft2Learn project
  • Explain what a paradigm shift in technology education entails and why it is necessary
  • Tips educators need to consider for using making in the classroom

To join this webinar please sign up here:


Dr Calkin Suero Montero obtained her PhD in computer science at School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Japan. She works at the intersection of human-computer interaction, affective computing and ICT for development within educational contexts. She has ample experience working in multicultural environments on the deployment of innovative solutions to societal challenges with a particular focus on the application of educational technologies. She is Senior Researcher and H2020 eCraft2Learn Project lead investigator and coordinator at the School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland.

 

15 Feb: Peer-assist: Re-engineering pedagogy

Peer AssisteeDr. Kellen Kiambati, senior lecturer, University Human Resource Development Department, Karatina University, Kenya

Peer Assist lead: Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla, e/merge Africa

Time and Date: Thursday 15 February 2018 at 1 pm SAST

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Our first request for a peer assist this year comes from Dr. Kellen Kiambati, senior lecturer  at Human Resource Development Department, Karatina University in Kenya. Her challenge is about how to re-engineer pedagogy to improve the instructional abilities of teaching faculty.

As part of the peer assist process and through discussion around this the challenge presenter will gain greater insight into the challenge and how to address it. Attendees are encouraged to be active participants and to share questions of clarification, assumptions and later, possible solutions. Let us share in Kellen’s challenge and assist her towards some solutions.

Join us for this session and give Dr. Kellen Kiambati your input

About the peer assist process The peer assist process offers simple yet effective steps to a group of peers address a challenge brought by a colleague. We identify and question assumptions, then share knowledge and insights which can facilitate the development of innovative and context sensitive solutions.

This webinar has ended – We are likely to re-schedule this event. Do look out for new dates and consider to submit your peer-assist challenge (please see menu above – “How to get involved”)

 


Dr. Kellen Kiambati holds a PhD in Business Administration with a focus in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and MBA in Strategic Management from the Kenya Methodist University. She is a Strategic Management Consultant with very wide experience spanning over ten years. Currently she is a senior lecturer at Karatina University, Kenya


Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla e/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.

 

Facilitating Online Course in 2018

facilitating online

We will be running Facilitating Online twice during 2018. 

 

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.

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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