14 – 25 May: Design Xchange (extended)

Please note we are extending this event by one week until Friday 25 May join the chat now!

Presenter: Sandhya Gunness, University of Mauritius 

Times and Dates: Monday 14 May 2018 – Friday 25 May 2018

Format: This online event takes the form of a facilitated event on the Design Xchange Facebook group that will be shared on the e/merge Africa Facebook group closer to the time. Two videos will be provided as a stimulus. Participants are invited to discuss the presented videos and to share their own lesson designs.

How can we align learning outcomes, assessments and meaningful and contextual activities? This online event focuses on devising hands-on learning activities using the LATAR model. As education is moving from teacher-centred to more learner-centred approaches, learning should be more situated in the learner’s environment and consider a sharper alignment of assessments to learning outcomes, especially when 21st century skills are involved.

The BSc and MSc Educational Technologies Programmes were launched at the University of Mauritius to help educators integrate technology more meaningfully in their classrooms. The learning design modules have considered LATAR as a rapid technique to engage primary and secondary school teachers to design learning activities through a themed approach, thus making for a more holistic and inclusive learning approach.

Sandhya Gunness shares an introduction to LATAR, a discussion of how it has been useful in her context and an example of how it can be applied in practice. We invite you to share your designs using media of your choice (Word document, Google document, short video, photo, etc). Let’s commit to designing purposeful student learning experiences aligned to learning outcomes together:)

Through participating in this event you will be exposed to how others are designing lessons that incorporate technology for their contexts. Be bold and participate by sharing your design to get constructive feedback from peers from across the African continent.

Although officially over we still welcome you to review resources and post your comments in the Facebook event page created for this event

Sandhya Gunness is a lecturer in the Open and Online Learning at Centre for Innovative and Lifelong Learning at the University of Mauritius. She teaches Primary and Secondary level teachers about OER and technologies so that they can improve their teaching practices. This is formalised through an online module delivered within the BSc Educational technologies programme at the University of Mauritius. She is currently doing research on the extent of teaching transformations and whether this can be sustained in Mauritian Schools through Open Educational practices. She is also interested in Collaborative Networks and how these are linked and enhanced through Open Educational practices.

17 May: Design in the Open

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning (US) & Dr. Tonia Dousay, University of Idaho (US)

Time and Date: Thursday 17 May 2018, 3 pm SAST

Format: 1 hour Webinar

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What are you doing to cultivate your professional presence in your chosen field? Landing a job (or even just “getting your foot in the door” with an employer) involves far more than taking the right coursework and knowing the latest tools and technologies. It’s also necessary to openly engage in the field to share your work process. By working in the open, you develop your professional presence by giving others the opportunity to know your work product and how you work.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss and showcase examples of an open reflexive process to help you establish your professional presence that is inspired by a book titled Show your Work: 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered by Austin Kleon. In the book’s introduction, Kleon writes that his readers are those trying to break into a new creative field. He is often asked, “How do I get myself out there? How do I get noticed? How do I find an audience?” Kleon’s response is one we applaud and try to emulate in our work:

“In order to be found, you have to be findable. I think there’s an easy way of putting your work out there and making it discoverable while you’re focused on getting really good at what you do.”

From Kleon’s perspective, those who are successful don’t hoard their work in secrecy, but instead gain an audience by sharing what you are doing as you are doing it. This philosophy of openly sharing is the foundation of the presenters approach to work, as well as the central emphasis of this webinar.

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell is the founder of Designers for Learning, a nonprofit in the United States that facilitates service-learning opportunities to support underserved educational needs. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. in the Instructional Design and Technology program at Old Dominion University where she was awarded a dissertation fellowship to complete this research, and served as an adjunct Assistant Professor.

Dr. Tonia A. Dousay, Assistant Professor in Moscow, Idaho
Tonia A. Dousay, Ph.D., Tonia is a Google Certified Innovator & Google Certified Trainer with more than 15 years of instructional design and eLearning project management experience. She completed her PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, and is a an assistant professor of learning sciences at the University of Idaho, focusing her teaching and research interests on instructional and multimedia design, situational interest of learners, STEM/STEAM teacher education, student-driving learning, and design-based learning. Whether it’s formal classrooms or non-formal learning spaces like makerspaces, the focus is on how we empower learners to be interdisciplinary and take control of their own learning experiences.
She is an active member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and on Twitter at @tadousay


Thank you to all who took part in this webinar – to access recording please refer to the Facebook event page

27 March: Research data management, publication and collaboration: Insights from the ROER4D project

Presenters: Michelle Wilmers & Thomas King, Research on Open Educational Resources (ROER4D), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Time and Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018, 1 pm SAST

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How do researchers develop their data curation skills in order to participate in the emerging field of data management and sharing, and do so in an ethical, legal way?

In this presentation, Michelle Willmers and Thomas King from the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project will share their experiences and insights around curating and publishing data in a large-scale Global South networked project. Focusing on the increasing importance of data-sharing mandates and funder requirements around data management as well as the personal and collaborative benefits of data stewardship, the presentation will focus on practical strategies for improving data management practice in qualitative and quantitative contexts.  

The session will provide researchers with guidelines on how to undertake data management planning in the research scoping and grant proposal stages, and how to prepare data for publication and reuse.

We encourage you to engage with some of the curated resources linked to this event before the session. While the findings of the project is not the focus of discussion, these are likely to be of interest to those with a shared interest in research on OERs in the global south.


Michelle Willmers is the Publishing & Curation Manager of the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, a Global South networked initiative engaging over 100 researchers in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. She has a background in academic and scholarly publishing and has worked as project manager, researcher, editor and publisher in the open access, open educational resources and open data terrain since 2008.

Thomas King is the Project Curator for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development programme. Previously, he served as the student coordinator for the Vice-Chancellor’s Open Educational Resources Adaptation project and as a Research Assistant for the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. His primary research interests revolve around Open Educational Resources, qualitative Open Data de-identification and management, and quantifying/analysing ‘impact’ in research and education. He holds a Masters in Education, focusing on OER production and adaptation by postgraduate students at UCT.

This event has finished please see resources here