18 September 2019: Designing for All: Accessibility & Universal Design (AECT webinar)

Presenters: Yvonne Earnshaw, Nike and University of Memphis (US), Amy Lomellini, Molloy College (US), Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning (US), Esther Michela, Bringham Young University (US)

Time and Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019, 7:00 pm (SAST)

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Presented and organised by our friends and partners in AECT (Design & Development Division) please join us for this important talk on designing with universal access in mind.

Description (by the webinar organisers):

As identified in a 2019 EDUCAUSE survey, accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) ranked in the top 5 issues and opportunities for educators. However, Rieber and Estes (2017) noted a dearth of coverage related to people with disabilities in their review of all articles published in Educational Technology Research & Development (ETR&D) through 2013. While a growing body of research associated with universal design educational models to support accessibility has developed outside of the educational technology field, reviews of research suggest it’s in a nascent stage with few empirically-based articles to support the effectiveness of theorized practices and frameworks to support learning outcomes resulting in a lack of consensus regarding the application of principles (Edyburn, 2010; Rao, Ok & Bryant, 2014; Roberts, Park, Brown & Cook, 2011).Given this gap, Rieber and Estes (2017, p. 16) argue, “Time has come to bring the best ideas from the instructional technology field to the design challenge of meeting all levels of accessibility.” This webinar is a response to this call. Join us as we consider ways both researchers and designers can make an impact to address this opportunity. We’ll explore the topic of Designing for All through the lens of universal design for learning and share resources to support more effective design practices.

This webinar has ended. Slides from this presentation can be accessed here

13 September 2019: Arabic event: Open Education

Presenter: Dr. Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Time and Date: Arabic language webinar 13 September 2019 4 pm (SAST)  

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For more information and to sign up for this and other Arabic language events please see the e/merge Africa Arabic site or register directly here

This event has ended. Thank you to all who participated! The recording of this event is available here. For slides please refer to Dr. Maha Bali’s blog post

Dr. Maha Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning & Teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a full-time faculty developer and also teaches creative educational game design to undergrads. Maha Bali is a co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org, co-founder & co-facilitator of Edcontexts, editor of journal Hybrid Pedagogy and blogger at Prof Hacker. She is also International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab.
She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield in the UK, and believes very strongly in critical/interpretive approaches to social research, especially participatory approaches such as collaborative autoethnography. She tweets a lot @bali_maha and blogs at http://blog.mahabali.me

12 September: SAGE Publishing / Dr. Janet Salmons – Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow (panel discussion)

Session format: Webinar – organised by Dr. Janet Salmons with SAGE Publishing

Date and Time: Thursday 12 September, 5 pm SAST

Please join Dr. Janet Salmons’ MethodSpace for this free panel discussion webinar on the future of research support. Dr. Salmons has generously invited the e/merge Africa team to contribute to the conversation and from our side Dr. Nicola Pallitt and Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla will be joining along with Dr. Trena Paulus of East Tennessee State University (US). For more information and to sign up please view this blog post   

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Description (by Dr. Janet Salmons):

At an excellent conference hosted by The Qualitative Report, I attended a session led by group of lively, creative, collaborative students. I needed to meet the instructor who was able to energize these students about learning research methods. That is how I became acquainted with Dr. Trena Paulus. I was delighted when she agreed to share some of her instructional genius in the Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow webinar.

Over the years I have collaborated with a fascinating organization based at the University of Cape Town, e/merge Africa. I’ve had the chance to present and participate in their online conferences, which include faculty members and doctoral students from across the continent and across the globe. I’ve been impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of the presentations and workshops. I’ve also been impressed by professional development opportunities e/merge Africa offers on topics related to instruction, facilitation, and research. Through these activities I met Dr. Nicola Pallitt and Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla. I am thrilled to have both of them on our panel. Dr. Pallitt will share her insights into research supervision. Dr. Barlow-Zambodla will discuss her work to develop the skills of academic and professional social researchers, including her work in the environmental field.