14 December 2021: Liberating Structures – The Introduction by the e/merge Africa Team

Session format: Interactive immersion Session 

Date and Time: Tuesday, 14 December: 11:00 – 13:00 SAST

Leading the workshop: The e/merge Africa Team.

To join this workshop please sign up via Zoom

Description of the session:  

In designing meetings, learning activities and workshops our most generative and productive experiences are found in the zone between the extremes of total control (which silences participants) and a complete absence of structure (thus no focus for shared engagement). Liberating structures are meeting processes designed to provide just enough structure to unleash the brilliance and creativity of a group of people. Liberating Structures were originally designed for face to face interaction and have been extensively applied to online engagement during the pandemic. 

The e/merge Africa team will introduce the concept of Liberating Structures and facilitate a highly experiential workshop which features five structures, namely: Waterfall, Impromptu Networking, Spiral Journal, 1-2-4-All and Conversation Cafe’. The Liberating Structures website features 33 of the over 50 structures that have been developed. 

The e/merge Africa Team

Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 

Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla is e/Merge Africa Network Regional Coordinator for Southern and East Africa

Jakob Pedersen is Project Manager for e/merge Africa, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Irene Maweu is an Online Facilitator for e/merge Africa Facilitating Online Course

Zoom registration: 

https://uct-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sf-yrqT8rEte7rpUOOy3yoKpQU-GNvOz2

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/137699809709364

Twitter:     

@emergeAfrica

@tony_emerge

@wavinya66

@jakobp_emerge

@alicebz

Resources:  https://www.liberatingstructures.com/

24 February: NEAT (New, Emerging and Alternative Tools) Tour Four: Synchronous environments with a spatial metaphor

Session format: Online Tour 4

Date and Time: Thursday, 24 February: 14:00 – 15:00 SAST

Presenter:  Tony Carr from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and e/merge Africa.

Description of the session:  

Online environments with spatial metaphors have been around for decades. During the pandemic there has been an explosion in the use and development of such environments as antidotes to Zoom/ Teams fatigue and for some of the familiar interactions in shared space that are part of a normal classroom, office, conference or social event. There are dozens of competing environments which allow participants the ability to move within a space, to mingle and to engage in conversation within hearing distance. In this tour we will start together in Zoom and then meet in Spatialchat, Wonder.me and Welo before returning to Zoom to share our experiences and insights. 

Tony says: 

“I get really curious about emerging and alternative technologies and I keep coming across some real gems for online and blended learning and teaching. I don’t claim to have expert knowledge of all of these tools so let’s explore together”.

To join this session please register via Zoom

Our Guide’s Bio

Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/137699809709364

Twitter:      @tony_emerge

12 April 2022: NEAT (New, Emerging and Alternative Tools) Tour Five:  – Alternatives to Zoom/ MS Teams meetings

Session format: Online Tour 5

Presenter:  Tony Carr from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and e/merge Africa.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 23 March: 14:00 – 15:00 SAST

To join this workshop please register via Zoom

Description of the session:  

By now we are almost certain to each be familiar (perhaps even overfamiliar) with Zoom and or MS Teams. There are so many good environments for online synchronous interaction in virtual meetings space and in this event we will sample three of the newer environments. We will start together in Zoom and then meet in Butter, JITSI and Google Meet before returning to Zoom to share our experiences and insights.

Tony says: 

“I get really curious about emerging and alternative technologies and I keep coming across some real gems for online and blended learning and teaching. I don’t claim to have expert knowledge of all of these tools so let’s explore together”.

Our Guide’s Bio

Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/137699809709364

Twitter:      @tony_emerge