23 Nov: Leading Learning for Change: Reportback from the 2017 AECT Convention

Presenters: Tony Carr & Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla, e/merge Africa

Time and Date: 23 November 2017, 1 pm SAST / 7 am EDT (US)

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For this year the AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) conference organisers have chosen the theme “Leading Learning for Change” for this year’s convention in Jacksonville, Florida. In this reportback session Tony and Alice will share their reflections, learnings and experiences related to this conference. Over the past couple of years, the AECT has made a significant effort to promote scholarship, best practices, and leadership in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning. In 2015 e/merge Africa became an affiliate organisation. This session will also discuss what opportunities this could give e/merge Africa members. This report back is also a virtual celebration of the collaboration between the two organisations. Join us by signing up here:



Tony Carr Convener of e/merge Africa and educational technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town
I have lived in Durban, London and Cape Town. After an earlier career as a Business and Economics educator a fascination with online interaction led to my work since 2000 as an educational technologist. My operational and research interests include online collaboration, communities of practice in staff development, online facilitation and online professional networks. In 2014 I received a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. I have co-authored the OER Facilitating Online Guide for Course Leaders. I developed the Facilitating Online course in year which I also convene.



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.

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