25 March: Learning to collaborate – collaborating to learn

Presenter: Dr. Janet Salmons, Vision2Lead (US)

This event has been postponed – Please note new time below. If you already signed up then we already have your entry. Sign up will remain open for new sign ups. We encourage to have a look at the event page and interact with Janet in the discussion forum

Time and Date: Webinar 25 March 2019 3pm SAST – Forums open from Monday 18 March.  

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We need to work together toward achievements not possible to make on our own. Whether we are co-authoring articles as academics, working on teams in the office, contributing to efforts in the local community, or building partnerships central to Sustainable Development Goal 17 , most of us need to collaborate in some way. We need to be able to cross boundaries of geography, discipline, and communicate face-to-face or online. How do we learn to organize and manage complex collaborative efforts?

 Dr. Janet Salmons suggests that thoughtful design of social learning experiences allows students to meet curricular objectives while developing their confidence and abilities to work collaboratively. Join Dr. Salmons for an interactive webinar and forum discussions about ways to plan and facilitate collaborative learning in online or blended learning classes. She will share practical strategies drawn from her new book, Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn.

 Janet has participated in numerous e/merge Africa events over the years. She is the Methods Guru and Community Manager for SAGE MethodSpace. She is the author of four books about research, most recently Doing Qualitative Research Online.


Book publication: Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn.

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Please come and take part in the discussion forum at the event page for this session. There you will also find the recording of Janet’s webinar along with a number of resources. We will keep the discussion forum open until the end of the week.

Dr. Janet Salmons, has been an online graduate faculty member at Capella University School of Business and Technology since 1999. She is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through Vision2Lead (www.vision2lead.com) . In addition to the new Qualitative Online Interviews, she edited Cases in Online Interview Research, also available from Sage Publications. In addition to online qualitative methods, she is interested in e-learning and online collaboration. She is a frequent presenter for online workshops and seminars, including participation in e/merge conferences. Dr. Salmons has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

28 Feb: Interrogating our educational technology practices through critical reflection

Presenter: Nompilo Tshuma, Lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning at Rhodes University

Time and Date: Thursday 28 February 2019 1pm SAST

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What impact does your use of educational technology have on your students and on your teaching? Is it enabling or hindering learning?

In order to be critically reflective about our educational technology practices, we need to move beyond the technology itself, and be aware of the context within which it is integrated. This presentation is divided into two parts: We will start our journey by exploring and reflecting on the challenges of educational technology integration in African higher education contexts. Considering the potential of educational technology to transform higher education practices and reach a wider audience, there is a need to be aware of the oppressive politics inherent in using Western-developed technologies in the African context. In the second part of the presentation, we will conceptualise, then apply, a critically reflective approach that has the potential to contribute to an emancipatory, socially just and more ethical approach to integrating educational technology in African higher education. Brookfield’s lenses for critical reflection are used to explore how critical reflection can be applied to interrogate our educational technology practices.


Brookfield’s lenses

This seminar has now ended please view the webinar recording

Nompilo Tshuma has been working with educational technology since 2005 in both student and staff development. She currently manages a range of educational technology resources, including both teaching and research related. Her academic staff development role involves supporting lecturers as they integrate technology into teaching and learning through workshops, presentations, contributing to formal qualifications and individual support. She is also a researcher in educational technology and academic staff development, and is passionate about challenging academics to be critically reflective about their use of educational technology particularly in light of the calls for transformation of higher education in South Africa. Nompilo completed her PhD in Information Systems at Rhodes (focusing on Educational Technology) in 2018.

20 November: Report back from the 2018 AECT convention

Presenters: Dr. Nicola Pallitt & Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla, e/merge Africa

Time and Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018, 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 “Learning for All” for this year’s convention in Kansas City, Missouri. In this report back session Nicola 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 2016 e/merge Africa became an affiliate organisation of AECT. 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. This event has ended, thank you to all who joined us – the recording of this event is available on our YouTube channel


Dr. Nicola Pallitt is a lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She is part of the e/merge Africa team and co-convenes the Facilitating Online courseEducational Technology Lecturer, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town
I have been involved in a variety of curriculum innovation initiatives and assist university staff with blended and online learning design. I co-teach on a postgraduate programme in educational technology and co-convene the e/merge Facilitating Online course. I received my PhD in Media Studies (2013) and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies (2014) from the University of Cape Town. My research interests include digital games, open badges, social media and ePortfolios in Higher Education. I hope to engage fellow researcher-practitioners in research that takes critical, contextual and pedagogically informed approaches to educational technology. I am an avid sketchnoter, networked scholar and lifelong learner. When I’m not online I’m probably doing something belly dance related or hunting for Pokemon

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.