Dear Colleague,

We hope you are well and making good progress with your teaching and research projects. In this newsletter, we share the following updates: 

  • Join the last Facilitating Online course for 2019 (apply by 30 August)

  • e/merge Africa Arabic - Arabic language webinars launching this month

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

  • Publishing and employment opportunities - upcoming special issues and postdoctoral fellow

  • Upcoming conferences - current relevant face-to-face conferences

  • MOOC taker research survey - Help our UCT MOOC colleagues!

  • e/merge Archives - EdTech conversations from way back   


Facilitating Online course


The LAST cohort for 2019 is taking place from 30 September to 22 November 2019. Please apply online by 30 August. Further info and online application available here.

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.
Please apply soon, as spaces are limited. Up to two FREE places are available per African higher education institution subject to constraints on the class size. Please get in touch if you want to involve a larger group of colleagues from your institution for a fee. To see if a fee may apply to your application please refer to our fee information here

e/merge Africa events in Arabic

In acknowledgement of  members in our network not having English even as a third or fourth language the question around engaging in events in other languages than English has been frequently debated within the e/merge Africa core organizing team. Lead by team member Mohamed Ahmed of Mansoura University, Egypt, we are now taking a small yet significant step in this direction through piloting online seminars in Arabic. Over the coming months colleagues located in the Middle East and Arabic speaking Africa will present on Friday afternoons 4 - 5 pm (Cairo time – see your local time zone here). This time slot is subject to change in the future). For more details for events below 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 to this post. If you wish to present in Arabic please use the Presenter’s form which is available via the e/merge Africa Arabic website. 


The first event 9 August 2019 4 – 5 pm (Cairo time see your local time here) is presented by Atef Abuhmaid from Hashemite University, Jordan focusing on the impact of the flipped classroom in the Arab world.

The next event 30 August 2019 4 – 5 pm (Cairo time) will be presented by Ahmed Saadeldin Anwar Morsy, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Egypt, focusing on the role of Gamification.

Scheduled for 13 September 2019 Maha Bali from the American University in Cairo will speak about open education.

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

14 August: Digital Literacies from a Feminist Perspective in a Postcolonial Context


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

Time and Date: Blended session / Webinar 14 August 2019 1 pm (SAST)  


This seminar is in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

Most understandings of digital literacy include critical thinking – but critical thinking itself can be understood in different ways. This session describes the thinking and practice behind my feminist approach to teaching digital literacy, which builds on the feminist work of Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger and Tarule’s (1986) Women’s Ways of Knowing. I will share a couple of my class activities, and discuss why I chose this approach from my positionality as a postcolonial scholar teaching Egyptian students at an American liberal arts university.

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, 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 

To participate, please sign up here.

12 September, 5pm SAST How to Nurture the Researchers of Tomorrow

How do we become researchers? Whether we are crunching Big Data or interviewing individuals, as researchers we must be able to make decisions from the design stage through implementation of the study. To do so, we need to grasp the art and science of research and align selected methodologies, theories, methods, and ethics. For some, learning research roles and practices starts in the classroom with methods courses and projects. Others learn from insightful research supervisors who guide us and share their expertise. 

Join us for this webinar and hear from experienced instructors and mentors who have worked with novice researchers within and outside of academia. The panel will include Dr. Trena Paulus, East Tennessee State University, Dr. Nicola Pallitt, Rhodes University, and Dr. Alice Barlow-Zambodla, the e/Merge Africa Network Regional Coordinator for Southern and East Africa. The panelists and moderator Janet Salmons, methods guru for MethodSpace, will share practical lessons learned and answer your questions about teaching and guiding researchers.

Nurturing the Researchers of Tomorrow features an experienced global panel of presenters. I will offer a brief overview, followed by short presentations by each panelist. We will then discuss topics raised by panelists and participants. As we did with the first webinar on Creative Research, MethodSpace posts throughout August and September will introduce the panelists and their work, and offer background related to teaching research methods and guiding researchers. After the webinar we will post a link to the recording and respond to any questions we weren’t about to answer during the event.

Register now for the webinar on September 12. Find the time in your zone here.



Please assist our MOOC colleagues from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT by completing this survey. For more about their research please view the recording of the MOOC taker research seminar presented by Sukaina Walji, Tasneem Jaffer and Jeff Jawitz in June 2019.

Have you taken one of UCT massive open online courses (MOOCs) hosted on Coursera or FutureLearn? As you are aware, there are a lot of opinions about the value of MOOCs and we are conducting a study to find out if and how students from Africa have made use of UCT's MOOCs to support or supplement their studies or future career development.

We would be very grateful if you participated in our research by completing our short survey. The survey should take you around 10 minutes to complete. Please click on this link to start the survey: MOOC Survey


If you have been following e/merge Africa for a bit you may know that e/merge Africa has been around for quite a while and started out as bi annual two week online conference. As an initiative by Programme Convenor Tony Carr the first of these conferences launched in 2004 and was followed by conferences in 2006, 2008 and 2012 (2010 skipped due to busyness around the UEFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa). In the background we have been working on making the proceedings and other content available as open Creative Commons licenced resources. This is still a work-in -progress and more will be added over time. For now we have the following repositories available: e/merge conferences in 2006 / 2008 and the e/merge 2012 conference. These repositories contain the original conference websites and presenter resources such as webinar recordings, papers and PowerPoint presentations. For more recent content from 2014 - 2018 please also visit the e/merge Africa live site. In the coming months we are planning to formalise and reorganise our archives for 2014 - 2018 contents including adding material from the 2004 conference. Please also see the e/merge Africa YouTube Channel and our newsletter archive 


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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