December 2019



Dear Colleague,

We have reached the end of the year and hope 2019 has been successful for your teaching and research projects. As this is the last newsletter for the year we would like to thank you for joining us through the year and hope or your attention and attendance in 2020. As we share updates below, we hope that it has been helpful to you in one way or the other.  

  • Facilitating Online course - Join the waiting list for 2020!

  • Upcoming events - future online events by e/merge Africa and friends

  • e/merge Africa Arabic - Arabic language webinars 

  • Notable resources and events 

  • MOOCs: Higher Learning Institutions offering MOOCS - Let us know

  • Ways of getting involved in e/merge Africa Network 


Facilitating Online Course 2020
facilitating online

Do you want to become an effective online facilitator? We invite applications to our fully online 8-week online facilitation course. 

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 e/merge Africa network. This course is aimed at change agent educational technologists and educators within the African Higher Educational sector. 

If you would like to join a cohort in 2020, please register here to receive more information about course dates as soon as they are available


e/merge Africa events 
Tuesday, 25 February 2020: Aftermath of #FeesMustFall


An Activity Theoretical Analysis of Blended Learning at the UFS. Dr. Anneri Meintjes, University of the Free State.

For more information here 







e/merge Africa events in Arabic


Led by e/merge Africa team member Dr. Mohamed Ahmed of Mansoura University, Egypt, we have so far piloted ten (10) online seminars (webinars/workshops) in Arabic. These sessions have been very well attended already. We have planned for colleagues located in the Middle East and Arabic speaking Africa to present mainly on Friday afternoons 4–5 pm (Cairo time – see your local time zone here). This time slot is subject to change in the future and individual events may also be scheduled for other times. For more details for Arabic events and to sign up please go to e/merge Africa Arabic. Once signed up, we will send you details on how to attend. 

For questions and thoughts about this initiative we welcome your comments. If you wish to present in Arabic please use the Presenter’s form which is available via the e/merge Africa Arabic website.


Friday, 13 December 2019: Digital Transformation in Higher Education



Presenter: Yasmin Youssef, CEO & Co-Founder of EduMinds Consulting


Date and Time:  Friday, 13 December 2019, 4-5pm SAST/Cairo Time


Description: This webinar will look at gains and challenges of digital transformation in higher education as witnessed at Ain Shams University and other institutions of higher learning in Egypt.


Yasmin Youssef is CEO & Co-Founder of EduMinds-Consulting and Certified education and ICT expert for interactive education technology.  She is also Internal Assessor for the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), a Lecturer for master students at the German Excellence Center, Faculty of Pedagogy at Ain Shams University.  A Certified trainer for higher education in the field of e-learning and Institutional Development at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).   

Yasmin supports leaders in managing technology, also in transforming and innovating their institutions to provide education for sustainable development and helps educators in integrating technology in an interactive, meaningful and effective way. She wrote many research and conference papers in integrating Technology in educational Institutions and has recently published a book in Germany about “Blended learning and reforming education in Egypt”. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Management from both PH Ludwigsburg/Germany and Helwan University/Cairo. 


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Planned for 2020
Friday 17 January 2020: MOOCS: From Use to Production

Friday 31 January 2020: Augmented Reality, 3D Production and their use in educational products - part 2




Registration and more informationأحداث


Early 2020: Methods of Building Storyboard and employing it the educational content

Date and Time:  To be communicated in January 2020

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As we are having more events confirmed these will be announced on both our English and Arabic language platforms.




Post HELTASA Resources Available


HELTASA Conference 2019 has just concluded and there are some wonderful stuff they would like to share with you, Heltasa  




Post Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 


Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) is now over  but #academicwriting continues on.  #SAGEMethodSpace have a range of resources and an exciting webinar coming up. 

See posts here.






Conference Dates: 1-2 April, London, UK

Organised by the Association for Learning Technology in the UK, this is the 11th annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy. 

This year’s theme: The Care in Openness

Covering issues of privilege, equity, precarity, power relations and public interest, OER20 will put the spotlight on both the value and limitations of care in open education.


Care is a means for social transformation when it is rooted in actual practices and mechanisms that guarantee its redistribution towards a lasting social reorganisation (ZEMOS98, 2019). But in the age of data surveillance and significant risk on the open web, how can we map out and give visibility to the critical component of care practices? How can we build sustainable communities, participatory practices, and civic engagement for the public good and a healthier democracy?


We are particularly keen to hear from people who have an interest in the following indicative areas of practice:

  • Theme 1: Openness in the age of surveillance

  • Theme 2: Sustainable open education communities

  • Theme 3: Open education for civic engagement and democracy

  • Theme 4: Criticality and care in open education

  • Theme 5: Caring pedagogies and designing for diverse communities of inclusion

  • And also Wildcard submissions : open education practice, research or policy session proposals that address the overarching conference theme.

For more information


Unisa International HETL Conference 2020

Conference Dates: Monday 10th August to Thursday 13th August 2020

Presentation Proposal Submission Window: Opens 23th NOV. 2019 and closes 30th JAN. 2020

More information:




Does your higher education institution offers MOOCs that are  relevant to e/merge Africa? If yes, please contact us for inclusion in future newsletters

Call for interest 

ICDE Leadership Summit 2021, 2022 and 2023


The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is pleased to announce a Call for interest for the ICDE Leadership Summit 2021, 2022 and 2023 and asks member institutions to submit declarations of interest for hosting this conference.

Bids can be submitted by individual institutions or collectively by a group of institutions within a region.

Dependent on the needs of ICDE member institutions and the strategic direction of ICDE, bids from members in different regions will be given priority.

More information on ICDE Leadership Summit



e/merge Africa is a platform for learning and connecting. It provides an opportunity to join a growing Africa-wide network of eLearning professionals. We offer a number of ways for you to get involved and engage with colleagues across the continent:

Propose an event

Whether you are a seasoned lecturer or PhD-student engaged in research you would like to share with our network, please propose a webinar, a seminar or even an online workshop. Perhaps you’ve attended an e-learning related conference recently and willing to share a report back.  

Be part of a peer-assist

Even professionals get stuck at times when facing daunting challenges. If you are one of them, how about considering a Peer-Assist session? Contact us to engage with one of our  online facilitators with your challenge. We will then set up a peer-assist session and invite members of our network to provide feedback on your challenge. Renew your ideas and get a new perspective!

Nominate a presenter

Is there a mentor, supervisor, colleague whose research could  be shared with our network? Please get in touch to nominate a presenter!

Share with us via social media

Perhaps you’ve found or created a useful resource or published a paper of interest to other educational technology professionals? Please share via our Facebook group or via Twitter

Looking for conference and publishing opportunities? Go to opportunities on the e/merge Africa website

Best wishes,

The e/merge Africa team

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