Making more uses of MOOCs

 25 – 29 July 2016 

Join us  for this event with Sukaina Walji, Janet Small, Andrew Deacon, Tasneem Jaffer, MOOC Implementation Team, University of Cape Town, South Africa

In 2014 the University of Cape Town was one of the first African universities to offer MOOCs on major international platforms. Through examples we will present a framework of use cases for how MOOCs are being used to enhance mainstream academic activities through drawing on MOOC design, materials and pedagogy. MOOCs have the potential for being more than stand-alone public facing courses. Through the examples, we will illustrate how MOOCs are acting as enablers and influences on academics’ teaching and learning practices both when academics use MOOCs they have created in their own mainstream or when they re-use what is available from other institutions.

The format of week long seminar will comprise two live presentations (Tuesday 26 July 1 pm SAST & Friday 29 July 11 am SAST) and online asynchronous discussions in between. The first presentation will cover MOOC use cases in our context and we will ask participants to give feedback and share ideas of how MOOCs are being or could be used in your own context. We will introduce and discuss pedagogical strategies such as flipping, wrapping, blending and reusing MOOCs or materials from MOOCs. The second presentation will respond to forum discussions and examples provided by participants to collaboratively develop a framework for MOOC uses and re-use.

Andrew Deacon works in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is also a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team. He works in curriculum and course design projects with an interest in learning analytics, assessment and online course design.
Sukaina Walji is based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). She is a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team with a remit to research and develop strategies for institutional engagement with MOOCs.  She has an Honours degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Online and Distance Education from the Open University (UK).
Janet Small is a course developer based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She is a member of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team. Janet is involved in curriculum and course design for blended and online courses in higher education – in a range of contexts from formal credit-bearing to less formal co-curricular and professional development. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the University of Cape Town.
Tasneem Jaffer is a Digital Learning Material Designer for the MOOCs team. She most recently worked in the field of user experience (UX), where she used her analytical and research skills to recommend best practices and ways in which to improve the usability of government websites. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in educational technology where her research topic focuses on students’ perceptions of wrapped MOOCs at the University of cape Town. Tasneem is a part of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team


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Workshop: Quality assuring online learning

22 – 26  August 2016

Dr Ephraim Mhlanga, South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE).

Format: There will be two 1 hour online sessions  on Tuesday 23 August at 3:30 pm (SAST) &Thursday 25 August at 3:30 pm (SAST) and asynchronous discussion from 22-26 August.

Ephraim Mhlanga is a specialist in quality assurance in higher education at the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide). In December last year he presented a seminar on quality assurance in eLearning and Open Educational resources. The upcoming one week workshop will advocate for e-learning quality assurance as central topic in the eLearning landscape. With an increasing number of providers of e-learning across Africa we risk compromising standards unless we have a QA framework for rolling out e-learning.

Dr Mhlanga asserts that quality assurance should be embedded “in everything we do and at all levels within an institution”. He hopes that through the workshop we will be able to share useful ideas that can enable us to start developing a QA framework for online learning in African higher education. The collaboration between workshop participants will be informed by selected QA frameworks including the framework in development by the African Council for Distance Education.



Ephraim Mhlanga is a Programme Specialist: Quality Assurance at the South African Institute for Distance Education


Intellectual Property Rights: Implications and Best Practices for Elearning Practitioners.

Monday 6 June – Friday 10 June 2016

eLearning and Intellectual Property Rights: Implications and Best Practices for Elearning Practitioners.

Thank you to all who took part in Monday’s webinar! Adobe Connect recording is available here. View resources and join the conversation on this topic by visiting the seminar landing page

Join us for this seminar on intellectual property rights and the role of policies regulating these. This seminar is lead by Carnegie Diaspora Fellow Dr. Jasmine Renner from East-Tennessee University, United States. Dr. Renner will start with a webinar on Monday 6 June at 3 pm (SAST) where she will be joined by Dr. Glenda Cox (Research on Open Educational Resources for Development – ROER4D, University of Cape Town, South Africa). and continue the conversation in a discussion forum during the rest of the week. Sign up below to join!


eLearning practitioners are increasingly creating educational materials that are offered on a wide scale, globally. With this dynamic frontier, emerge questions and concerns about intellectual property rights among content developers and providers. Questions such as who owns the digital materials and content that I create and post online? What are institutional or organizational limits of ownership to my e-materials and digital products? Can I patent my work and what are organizational implications? Do I have the right to use content for eLearning courses that is easily downloadable and found on the worldwide web at another organization? This webinar addresses intellectual property rights questions related to the content and development of eLearning educational materials and discusses its implications for practitioners, students and institutions or organizations. Please sign up here:

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Dr. Jasmine Renner is an international speaker, author, lecturer. educator and consultant for governments and civil societies. She was appointed a 2015 Carnegie Africa Disapora Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a Fulbright Specialist Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The Fulbright Specialist scholar award is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Carnegie Africa Disapora Fellow award is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the Institute of International Education in partnership with Quinnipiac University in New York. She is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University.