19 February 2021: MOOCs: Instructional Design Methodology and Tools of Open Learning Resources

Session format: Webinar 2 hours in Arabic

Date and Time:  Friday 19th February 2021, 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time 

Presenter:  Dr. Lilia Cheniti Belcadhi, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Sousse, Tunisia 


As COVID-19 continues spreading in the whole world, how to keep learning in disruption has become a challenge to the global education community. There is therefore a huge need to design and deliver effective support services of online learning oriented for both teachers and students. There are several critical challenges that must be considered in the development and implementation of e-learning environments. These include encouraging open lifelong learning, valuing both informal and formal learning, addressing the open and social dimensions of learning, and recognizing the different contexts in which learning takes place. In particular, in MOOC environments, it is also crucial to investigate methodologies and tools to design Learning resources that can be open and accessible online for an important number of learners. Open learning is helping democratize education, by making it more affordable, accessible, and attainable to learners, no matter their location or income level. 

In this workshop, we propose scenarios for design and delivery of open  online  learning in particular in a context of educational disruption and describe Instructional design approach and Tools for developing learning resources for  MOOCs.

Presenter Bio:  Dr. Lilia Cheniti Belcadhi, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Sousse, Tunisia.  She’s an associate professor of Computer Sciences at the Higher Institute of Computer Sciences and Communication Technologies, University of Sousse, Tunisia, and a graduate of the University of Braunschweig in Germany where she read for an engineer and master’s degree in Computer Sciences. She is a member of the PRINCE Research Lab at the University of Sousse. Her PhD was realized in collaboration with the Semantic Web group at the Institute of Information Systems of the University of Hannover in Germany. Her research interests include Technology Enhanced Learning, Semantic Web and E-assessment and Elearning She is associated as Technology Enhanced Learning Expert with many national and International organizations (VUT : Virtual University of Tunis, AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, ILO: International Labor Organization).  She is involved, as part of her ongoing research, in several e-learning projects and has co-authored various online courses and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Object Oriented Modeling of Computer applications. She is currently Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation Unit at her University. Her recent Technology Enhanced Learning Projects are : LET’SEGA (2017-2019): A Framework for Assessment of Competencies based on (2019-2020)Serious Games for Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia; Learning Lab LETS (Lebanon, Egypt,, Tunisia and Switzerland) in MENA  Network

Language: Please note seminar language is Arabic 

For more information and to sign up please go to e/merge Africa Arabic

22 February 2021: Looking back and looking forward together!

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Facilitators: The e/merge Africa Team Tony Carr, Alice Barlow-Zambodla, Nicola Pallitt, Jakob Pedersen, Catherine Fortune and Irene Maweu – See our bios here

Target group: e/merge Africa Community  – Blended learning, eLearning, Higher education (English and Arabic)
Date: Monday, 22 February 2021; 2:00pm SAST

Description of why the workshop: 

2020 was a difficult year for higher education in Africa. We learnt a lot – perhaps including some things we would rather not have learnt. Amid the frustrations, shocks and tragedies there were also discoveries and some victories. We carry this year inside us but how do we use the lessons learnt as a springboard together to think, strategise, plan and act more powerfully this year and beyond. This is what the workshop is about. The facilitators will use processes designed to unleash the deep knowledge, creativity and brilliance of everyone there so participants can leave the workshop with energy, optimism, approaches and professional community to feed the wonderful and demanding work that we do. Bring your insights, questions, dreams, speculations and strategies (even the half formed ones).

Language: Please note workshop language is English  

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5 August 2020: Sit & Stretch: Chair Yoga in Online Times

Host: Carla Mostert, Junior Lecturer of Drama and Performance, University of Kwazulu Natal (South Africa)

Date and Time: Wednesday 5 August 2020, 4:00pm SAST

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Description:  As COVID-19 continues to test us mentally and physically, many of us are spending extended hours in front of our computer screens. Gyms are closed and it feels like there’s no time to exercise. Join me for an hour of “Sit & Stretch” where we’ll be doing Chair Yoga. We will breathe, twist, and release those scrunched up shoulders, all without leaving our desks. No prior yoga experience is needed, this is for everyone. 

Presenter: Carla Mostert is a Junior Lecturer of Drama and Performance at the University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Passionate about the arts, theatre, and most recently unpacking her whiteness. 

IG: @carlathewhite

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carla-mostert-00484bb0/

Language:Please note session language is English 

This event has ended – thank you to all who participated!