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25 October 2021: New Tools and Environments Tour 1 – Voice Chat Environments



Dr Tutaleni Asino Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University

Tony Carr from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and e/merge Africa.

Date and Time: Monday, 25 October: 15:00 – 16:30 SAST

Session format: Online Tour

Description of the session:  

As part of an emerging reassertion of the need for conversational events online we see the growing use of new voice chat environments like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. Strangely enough the lack of some of the functionality which is standard to e.g. Zoom and Teams can make for better conversations. You are invited to a dual conversation which extends across both environments including telling some of our stories about our careers and talking about the experience of being in these environments.

Tony will be joined by Dr Tutaleni Asino from Oklahoma State University who founded the amazing Namibia House Club in Clubhouse. If you sign up for this tour please ensure that you are a member of Clubhouse and Twitter before the event. For Clubhouse you will need to download and install the mobile app which is available for Android and Apple iPhones. Please register here:

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Our Presenters’ Bios

Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 

Tutaleni Asino is Associate Professor in  Learning, Design, and Technology and Director of the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab at Oklahoma State University and the founder of the Namibia House club in Clubhouse

Please note: Session language will be English

29 October 2021: Nurturing Small Ideas


Session format: Webinar 

Date and Time: Friday, 29th October 2021, 16:00 SAST

Presenter: Professor Dick Ng’ambi, Full Professor of Educational Technology, University of Cape Town 

Description of the session:  

While most big ideas started as small ideas, not much attention has been paid to how small ideas are nurtured and enabled to grow. Many small ideas with potential have often been prematurely abandoned because the thinker lacks the ability or patience to nurture them. In this webinar, I take a critical view of my own practice, and share challenges and successes of nurturing small ideas. In conclusion, I acknowledge the dilemma of small ideas, especially from the Global South that require funding, often from the Global North, to be nurtured. Since success is not always guaranteed, small ideas require time to grow, trusted collaborators to be enhanced and funders ask for more details than is known. Without nurturing, small ideas have no chance at all. It is for this reason that design thinking approaches, and developing proofs of concept become handy. 

To sign up for this Zoom session please register here

Our Presenter’s Bio

Professor Dick Ng’ambi is a Full Professor of Educational Technology, University of Cape Town. For a full profile please see Prof Dick Ng’ambi | School of Education

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dick.ngambi

Twitter: @dickngambi

Session Language: English

7 October 2021: Many manners of e/mentoring


Zoom Sign up Link:  this sign up (via Zoom)

Date and Time: Thursday 7 October 2021, 13:00 PM SAST

Session format: interactive / workshop session  

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Description:  Given the rapid move to online engagement in the education sector, it is worth pausing to consider how we undertake mentoring of students, young researchers and/or peers in an online environment.

As a mentor and e-mentor in international, national and institutional projects, Emeritus Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams will facilitate a discussion (with some input) around the formal and informal ways of mentoring.

She invites you to submit any question about e-mentoring that you might have directly to her at [email protected]

Presenters Bio:  


Emeritus Associate Professor Cheryl Ann Hodgkinson-Williams taught Online Learning Design, Advanced Research Design and Researching Higher Education courses to postgraduate students and supervised Masters and PhD students in Educational Technology, Open Education and Higher Education Studies

She holds a PhD in computer-assisted learning and has taught and supervised in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) in education since 1994, first at the University of Pretoria, then at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and then at UCT. In addition she was the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded Research in Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project which investigated the adoption and impact of the use of open educational resources in 21 countries in the Global South.  She is an advisor on the Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) project, the former Principal Investigator of, and now an advisor on, the Cases on Open Learning (COOL) project that is investigating the readiness towards open learning of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education (HE) institutions in South Africa. She was a UNESCO Chair of Open Education and Social Justice. In November 2019 Cheryl was awarded the Open Education Consortium Leadership Award and was interviewed for Leaders and Legends of Online Learning podcast. Cheryl took early retirement at the end of January 2020, but is still active as a consulting researcher and an Open Education and Social Justice advocate.

Facebook page:     https://www.facebook.com/chodgkinsonwilliams

Twitter: @CherylHW

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24 September 2021: (Arabic) Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in supportive digital learning environments



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Session format: Webinar / three part mini course

Date and Time: 

First session Friday 30th July 2021, 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time – recording available here

Second session 27 August 2021 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time – recording avalable here

Third session 24 September 2021 – Please sign up here

Course summary – third session: Pending

Course summary – second session:

Talking about the importance of having quality standards in digital learning has become associated with talking about digital learning itself. Because of the importance of quality standards in creating distinguished digital education this has become the biggest challenge to prove the effectiveness of digital learning. In this course session I will introduce quality standards for teaching digital courses, reflecting on similarities and differences of various frameworks. This will include the standards of course design formulated by the most famous international organizations that set these standards with practical application in mind.

Presenter:  Dr. Jalal Saifeddien Al-Jaber, PhD in Education Technology, Jordan

Presenter Bio: Dr. Jalal Saifeddien Al-Jaber, PhD in Education Technology, Jordan

Language: Please note seminar language is Arabic  

Facilitating Online Course in 2021


facilitating online

2 Aug – 23 Sept 2021 (Now closed)
18 Oct – 10 Dec 2021 (Apply by 14 October 2021)


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