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
The Facilitating Online course
African universities are increasingly using online resources and interaction to support student learning across blended and online courses. Educators of these courses need sound online facilitation skills to facilitate engaged students in debate, group work and shared knowledge construction across a range of online conversational spaces. Trained online facilitators are also able to make good choices about the use of online communication when designing learning activities.
The e/merge Africa professional development network invites online applications from change agent educational technologists and educators within the African higher educational sector for the last few places in a free five week course in online facilitation. We can offer up to two free places per institution. Course participation will be entirely online and will require up to 8 hours of participation per week. Including Week 0 for setup and two consolidation weeks for reflection and catch-up time the course runs from 1 February – 25 March 2016. You can address queries to ten.acirfaegremenull@esruocnoitatilicaf.
Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at University of Cape Town and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its support for e/merge Africa. The original version of the guidance to course leaders is available as an open educational resource. Facilitating Online is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town and a certificate of completion will be awarded for successful completion of 75% of the assessed activities of the course.
Selection criteria include:
- reliable Internet access
- an opportunity to teach in a blended or online course
- previous experience of online teaching and learning
- at least five years’ experience as a university educator or educational technologist
- willingness to teach future online facilitation courses in their local/regional context or
- willingness to be a conference host for the e/merge Africa online educational technology network across African universities.
For late applications, please use our online application form by 23 January 2016. All applicants will require a letter of support from their line manager or Head of Department. If you meet the criteria for admission and don’t get accepted for the February-March run of the course you will be put on a waiting list for the three further instances of the course in 2016 (dates to be announced).