What is 4IR? What does it mean for African universities?

Session format: Event series throughout the year

Date and Time: Postponed until further notice

Presenter: Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 


Please note: Due to COVID-19 this event has been postponed – We will keep the signup open and advise on revised date for this and upcoming 4IR events in this series. Please use the sign up form further down

Over the last year the term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR) has become pervasive. We are exhorted to catch up and get with the programme but what does this mean in African Higher Education where we are often still grappling with the dynamics of the Third Industrial Revolution across our varied contexts?
This online seminar series aims to inform, facilitate and provoke critical engagement with the implications of 4IR (as both emerging reality and as hype), for higher education in Africa. The series will draw on a range of expert presenters able to think well beyond the hype which is increasingly associated with 4IR.

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of Johannesburg, South Africa will be the first presenter in the series.

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is an accomplished scholar with multi-disciplinary research interests that include the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. He has an extensive track record in human capacity development and has published 15 books in artificial intelligence. Professor Marwala is the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg and prior to this he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation and Executive Dean of Engineering and the Built Environment both at the University of Johannesburg. He was recently appointed as Deputy Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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25 February 2020: Building student learning muscle with online assessment

Session format: Once-off webinar

Date and Time: Tuesday, 25 February, 1pm SAST

Presenter: Anneri Meintjes, Researcher, University of the Free State, South Africa 

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How can online assessment be used to enhance student learning? How you design online assessment activities play an important role in achieving this. This one-hour webinar, presented by Anneri Meintjes from the University of the Free State will focus on practical strategies for designing online assessment activities that enhance student learning by considering challenges that many higher education institutions in developing countries face, such as limited internet connectivity of our students, limited access to devices, and lack of digital skills. The session will be useful for lecturers and academic developers. 

Session outcomes:

  • Address online assessment challenges through design; 
  • Design online assessment activities that enhance student learning;
  • Develop multiple choice questions that test higher-order learning

This webinar is presented based on a selection of the online assessment resources developed by the UFS as part of a national research project funded by the Carnegie Foundation of New York. These resources, available as an OER, provide guidance on the entire online assessment cycle.


Anneri Meintjes is a researcher in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of the Free State (UFS). Her main responsibilities include promoting the effective use of online assessment through evidence-based best practice; monitoring student and staff engagement with the institutional learning management system (Blackboard), as well as their digital identities; and investigating the optimisation of blended learning UFS. She has worked in the field of assessment, and particularly online assessment, since 2014.

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21 February: Arabic event: Introduction to Designing Gamified Learning Experience

Presenter: Ahmed Hossam, Gamification Advisor for the University of Wales

Date and Time:  Friday 21 February 2020, 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time

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Description: Join this presentation and the conversation on the role of gamification in education, particularly from the perspective of the Arabic speaking world. Please note seminar language is Arabic

Bio: Ahmed Hossam is the Gamification advisor for the University of Wales, a board member in the International Gamification Confederation (GAMFED); he is a highly reputable solution architect, Keynote speaker, Consultant, and Facilitator; for over 10 years he has delivered many solutions in different industries like: Healthcare, Telecommunications, Education, for a variety of regional, multinational & global fortune organizations such as Hewlett Packard (HP Germany, Belgium & Ireland), Vodafone (Germany and Italy), Oracle (Dubai), Oakland University, State University of New York, Deloitte Argentine, P&G, FAVV (The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain in Belgium), DXC Technology, Integrant Inc, Abudawood (Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia), American University in Cairo, M2M South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia), Paraguay Foundation.

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