Over the years I have had the pleasure of collaborating with e/merge Africa, a broad network of researchers and educators based at the University of Cape Town Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching. Given the current needs in regard to e-learning and remote work, the e/merge newsletter caught my attention. I am sharing some events here, and hope you will find them useful and interesting.
Presenter: Ralitsa Diana Debrah, Design Educator and Researcher, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana & Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa.
Date and Time: Wednesday 3 June 2020; 3:00 pm SAST/ 1:00pm Ghana time, 9 am EST
Description: EdTech in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Afrika is emerging. Many HEIs systems have been designed for conventional pedagogies with fewer Online Learning Programs. The COVID -19 Pandemic has made an impact on education, creating a crisis situation in HEIs, and compelling learners and educators to work remotely. In this webinar we will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the phase of disruption, reflecting on case scenarios from Ghana and other parts of Afrika. In addition, we will discuss strategies to design for online education as we prepare for the post-pandemic era (the new normal) for equitable access to quality higher education in our various contexts.
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Bio: Ralitsa Diana Debrah, Design Educator and Researcher, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana & Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa.
Do you want to become an effective online facilitator? We invite applications to our fully online 8-week online facilitation course. It is convened by Tony Carr and Nicola Pallitt and co-facilitated by facilitators from across Africa.You heard from Dr. Pallitt of e/merge Africa as a MethodSpace Live panelist for a webinar about mentoring and doctoral supervision.
Our third and Facilitating Online Global course for 2020 will run from 7 Sept – 6 Nov 2020 (Apply by 14 August) This run will have up to 25 participants from Africa and up to 25 participants from other continents. We encourage you to apply early.
Facilitating Online provides a solid foundation for facilitating online events and courses. It is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its support for the e/merge Africa network.
This course is aimed at change-agent educational technologists and educators within the African Higher Educational sector. Course participation is entirely online and will require up to 8 hours of participation per week. We can offer up to two free places per state funded higher education institution in Africa subject to admission requirements.Participants from other sectors and continents who meet the admission requirements can join us for a fee of R7000 per participant. We have up to 25 spaces for participants from the rest of the world in Facilitating Online Global starting on 7 September. Please go here for full information and to access the online application form.
Designing Online Conferences
Given the dispersed membership and global interest, e/merge Africa was an early adopter for online conferences. I’ve appreciated the ways they mix synchronous and asynchronous interactions over multiple days. Here are some resources related to designing online conferences:
- Carr, T. 2016. Designing online conferences to promote professional development in Africa. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 2016, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 80-104
- e/Merging by Design: Growing e-Learning Capacity Together in an Online Festival
- Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices
- Leading Groups Online: A down-and-dirty guide to leading online courses, meetings, trainings, and events during the coronavirus pandemic
Relevant MethodSpace Posts
- Connected teaching for a time when we need to connect! 3 video chats
- How to Lead a Videoconference
- Five Tips for Designing Remote or Asynchronous Learning
- Collaboration in Difficult Times
- Research Disruption: Your Burning Questions
- Do’s and Don’ts for Using Visuals During Virtual Meetings
- E-Research Reading List on SRM
- Theory & Research Design: Recap
- From Individualism to Collective Truth-listening: Transformative Listening in a Time of COVID-19