... starting in S. Africa, I wanted to share the latest newsletter from the e/Merge project of my friend Tony Carr at the University of Cape Town. Their online webinars and especially the online facilitation workshop ---> ALL TERRIFIC!
Here is their latest newsletter. What other great initiatives from around the world do you know of?
Dear e/merge Africa delegate,
We would like to thank those of you who have been taking part in our most recent seminars Benchmarking e-learning with the e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM) with Antoinette Mukendwa from Polytechnic of Namibia and our current seminar The paradox of opening up higher education within the traditional university paradigm with Bernard Nkuyubwatsi from University of Leicester, which will remain open until Friday. Resources are available at the e/merge Africa live-site under Events.
1. Next event: Using Alternative Learning Mode (ALM) in Engaging Students at the University of Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak
We are happy to present our next seminar Using Alternative Learning Mode (ALM) in Engaging Students at the University of Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak presented by Dr. Daniel Stevens from the University of Sierra Leone. This seminar will begin on Monday 24 August and end on Friday 28 August. On Monday 24 August at 12:30 pm (South African time GMT+2) Dr. Daniel Stevens will make an online presentation and give participants a possibility to ask questions and interact with the presenter. This will be followed by further discussions in our forum on the e/merge Africa live site.
To sign up for this event, please use our sign up form here.
The synopsis from Dr. Stevens for this seminar reads as follows:
Alternative Learning Mode at University of Sierra Leone
Due to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, the University of Sierra Leone decides to engage its students on some alternative learning mode. These include uploading lecture notes on the website, burning of lecture notes on CDs/DVDs, provision of hard copies to students, radio programs etc. The ICT directorate therefore created official email addresses for all its students at the university. These students includes; all students from the Fourah Bay College, College of Medicines and Allied Health Sciences and all students from the Institute of Public Administration and Management. The directorate also created official email addresses for all the academic and administrative staffs of the university. Also, mailing lists were created for all the programs and levels in the university to ensure that lecturers can then develop their learning materials and then send these materials as attachment to their respective students. Within the different mailing list, all the students who are registered for a particular module would have their respective email addresses that were created for them. By so doing all the students of the University of Sierra Leone were engaged during the period of the Ebola epidemic as this epidemic prevented them from attending lectures or any other form of learning for more than eight months. The University of Sierra Leone is one of these old universities that have not been using ICT for any purpose whatsoever. There has been no ICT infrastructure in place before the Ebola epidemic hit the country. Looking at the environment and the situation, the only solution to the problem was the use of the Alternative Learning Mode (ALM) in its inception stage. This paper would discuss the different steps taken to accomplish the ALM, the challenges encountered, lesson learns and the way forward for the university
2. Online Facilitation Course - October - November
Open for applications until 16 September 2015.
We invite applications from educational technologists and educators based in African Higher Education Institutions to participate in a free five week course in online facilitation funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. A maximum of 50 participants can be accommodated. Course participation will be entirely online and will require up to 8 hours of participation per week. Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at University of Cape Town and is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town. A certificate of completion will be awarded for successful completion of 75% of the assessed activities of the course.
Application for the October – November run of this course will be open until 16 September 2015. We are also planning to offer further instances of the course during 2016. Please contact us on email@example.com if you would like more information or for us notify you when registration opens for the 2016 courses.
Target participants: The course is aimed at experienced educators at higher education institutions in Africa who have reliable internet access and the opportunity to run courses or components of their courses online. Selection criteria include:
previous experience of online teaching and learning
at least five years’ experience as a university educator or educational technologist
willingness to teach future online facilitation courses in their local/regional context or
willingness to be a conference host for the e/merge Africa online educational technology network across African universities.
All applicants will require a letter of support from their line manager or Head of Department.
To apply, please use our online application form before 16 September 2015
You can address queries by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Future events
We will soon be announcing more events for e/merge Africa as planning comes into place. We will have a couple of interesting months where we among other things be discussing quality assurance in eLearning, adoption of social media in Nigerian higher educational institutions and staff and student perceptions of technology use in Ghana. Along with this we are currently planning two more Peer-Assist sessions for e/merge Africa colleagues. If you are interested in having a one hour online meeting where members of the e/merge Africa network support you in working through a complex challenge in your work (with no technical solution) then please use our online form to request a peer assist.
The e/merge Africa team
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