October 2021

Dear Colleague,

We are back with our Newsletter.  I hope you are using all the means available to keep safe, and healthy during the pandemic. Our deepest condolences to all here who have lost loved ones.

We continue to organise and bring you webinars, news and events that add value and bring the community together.  You can also read about our work in this article about e/merge Africa in Carnegie Reporter. After a rather quiet time with our English language events we are back with full energy in the last quarter of 2021.


In the October newsletter we have:

  1. Facilitating Online course - Waiting List for 2022
  2. Upcoming e/merge Africa events/webinars in English and Arabic
  3. Ways of getting involved in the e/merge Africa Network
  4. Call for Proposals, Research and Book Chapters
  5. 2021 Curated List of Research Opportunities
  6. Upcoming Online events/webinars by e/merge Africa friends
  7. Jobs
  8. Courses
  9. MOOCs
  10. COVID-19 OERs, Resources and Articles
  11. Recent publications by some of our members



Apply for Facilitating Online Course in 2022

facilitating online

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

Facilitating Online Global course application for waiting list 2022  is now open

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, educators and trainers within the African Higher Educational sector and beyond. 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 ZAR 8000 per participant. 

Please use the link below for full information and to access the online application form.




e/merge Africa events in English



Friday, 29 October 2021: Nurturing Small Ideas 


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Session format: Webinar 


Date and Time: Friday, 29th October 2021, 16:00 SAST

Description of the session:  

While most big ideas started as small ideas, not much attention has been paid to how small ideas are nurtured and enabled to grow. Many small ideas with potential have often been prematurely abandoned because the thinker lacks the ability or patience to nurture them. In this webinar, I take a critical view of my own practice, and share challenges and successes of nurturing small ideas. In conclusion, I acknowledge the dilemma of small ideas, especially from the Global South that require funding, often from the Global North, to be nurtured. Since success is not always guaranteed, small ideas require time to grow, trusted collaborators to be enhanced and funders ask for more details than is known. Without nurturing, small ideas have no chance at all. It is for this reason that design thinking approaches, and developing proofs of concept become handy. 


Our Presenter’s Bio


Professor Dick Ng'ambi, Full Professor of Educational Technology, University of Cape Town. 

For a comprehensive profile please see Prof Dick Ng'ambi | School of Education




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Tuesday, 2 November 2021: Changing Centres of Teaching and Learning



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Session format: Panel discussion 1 hour


Date and Time: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 15:00 SAST


Description of the session:  

This analytical review reflects on the ways that centres for teaching and learning in universities are formulated and how they might change to best respond to and address the changing needs of students, academics and institutions in a post pandemic era.

In this interactive session, we will discuss how best centres of teaching and learning can support educators and students in a post-pandemic university, focusing in particular on what form appropriate and context-specific institutional structures should take.


Our Presenter’s Bio: 



Professor Laura Czerniewicz, Centre for Learning and Teaching (CILT) Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), University of Cape Town

Laura Czerniewicz was the first director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), at the University of Cape Town, (2014 to 2020) having previously led UCT’s Centre for Educational Technology, OpenUCT Initiative and Multimedia Education Group . Her many roles in education over the years include academic, researcher, strategist, advocate, teacher, teacher-trainer and educational publisher. Threaded through all her work has been a focus on equity and digital inequality. These have permeated her research interests which focus on the changing nature of higher education in a post-digital society and new forms of teaching and learning provision. She plays a key strategic and scholarly role in the areas of blended /online learning as well as in open education institutionally, nationally and internationally.  

More information about her


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Monday, 8 November 2021: New Tools and Environments Tour 2 –  Online Whiteboards


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Date and Time: Monday, 8th November: 15:00 - 16:00 SAST


Description of the session:  

Let us check out Jamboard, Ideaboardz and Miro as environments where we can share knowledge and make our thinking visible together. Jamboard and Miro are very flexible environments while Jamboard and Ideaboardz are easiest to start using quickly. All three are available free of charge to colleagues in the education sector.


Our Guide’s Bio



Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 






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Thursday, 11 November 2021: Online Assessment Conversations- Part 1 (Principles, Examples, Tools) 



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Date: Thursday, 11 November 2021; 15:00pm SAST


Webinar Description:

Online assessment has proven to be one of the most important and complex challenges faced by university educators during the pandemic. Designing online assessment requires knowledge of assessment models and design, consideration of ethical issues, factoring in student access issues, and navigating the affordances and constraints of several assessment tools. Educators who were familiar with the assessment practices in standard contact teaching and learning often faced a rapid and steep learning curve.

We will ask our panelists to tell us about some of their online assessment experiences including:

  • Assessment principles that informed their choices
  • Examples of online assessment designs for specific contexts and disciplines
  • How they chose and used appropriate tools.
  • Success factors for online assessment

There will be opportunities for questions and other contributions by participants in this event.



Dr. Nicola Palitt coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University and offers professional development opportunities for academics to use technologies effectively in their roles as educators and researchers. Nicola supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses in Higher Education. She enjoys meeting EdTech practitioners and researchers from across the globe. 








Frida Ngari is the Co-founder and CEO of Firefly Edtech Solutions. 

She joined the education sector full-time in 2015 and has worked in professional colleges and universities in Kenya and Rwanda. Since 2018, Frida has driven Firefly’s mission and product strategy, creating and promoting Online assessment design and practice.

She is a fellow of Alibaba e-Founders Fellowship and a recipient of the 2017 Carnegie/Mellon Educational Technology Scholarship Award in South Africa. Frida is a member of e/merge Africa promoting facilitation of digital teaching and learning in Africa



Prinavin Govender is a Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology in the Information Technology (IT) Department as a Computer Science Academic. He lectures students at first and second year level in Internet programming and  IT Skills.







Neil Kramm is based at the Educational Technology Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University. Neil is passionate about academic development and infusing technology into teaching and learning.  He enjoys working with innovative technology solutions and implementing tech solutions that enhance teaching and learning. He is an active researcher on issues relating to educational technology, in particular, how technology is incorporated into teaching and learning.





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Friday, 12 November 2021: Online Assessment Conversations - Part 2 (Examples, Proctoring: ethical debate and experiences)


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Date: Friday, 12 November 2021; 14:30 - 15:30pm SAST 

Save the date.  This webinar will include a feature on exam proctoring. Details and registration links to be shared in the coming week.  


Monday, 22 November 2021: New Tools and Environments Tour 3 –  Feedback Tools


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Date and Time: Monday, 22nd November: 15:00 - 16:00 SAST


Description of the session:  

Come and explore the use of Mentimeter, Slido and Wooclap which make it easy to stimulate the interaction and energy that can lift presentations to processes for engaging a community. All of these tools are easy to integrate with the use of Powerpoint and Google Slides presentations and some have quite generous free accounts.


Our Guide’s Bio



Tony Carr is an Educational Technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town and convenor of e/merge Africa. 






For more information and sign-up here 


e/merge Africa events in Arabic

Led by e/merge Africa team member Dr. Mohamed Ahmed of Mansoura University, Egypt, we have already had many online events in Arabic in 2020 and will continue this year. These events will be held on Friday afternoons 4–5 pm (Cairo time). For more details of Arabic events and how to sign up please go to e/merge Africa Arabic


Friday 5 November, 2021: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Education


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Date and Time:  Friday 5 November 2021, 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time 

We have a number of events in the pipeline - for latest updated information please visit e/merge Africa Arabic (In Arabic)



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 are willing to participate in a report back. You may contact us on and we will work with you to organise the session for our community. 

Be part of a peer-assist

Have you got stuck with a daunting challenge in your work where there are no technical fixes? We can arrange a Peer-Assist session where you access insight, experience, new perspectives and potential solutions from e/merge Africa colleagues.Contact us on and we will pull this together and facilitate the process. 

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. Please subscribe to our e/merge Africa YouTube Channel 



Call for Proposals, Research and Book Chapters


Call for Special Issue of Perspectives in Education Journal: March 2022 special issue: Shaping Open, Distance and e-Learning in Post-School Education and Training. 

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words or one page that aligns to one or more of the sub-themes of the special issue:

  1. Transforming PSET institutions offering distance and online learning to be inclusive and equitable for the 4IR.
  2. The role and readiness of educators and administrators in an evolving PSET sector (policies, strategies, practices, skills and competencies).
  3. ODeL models, methodologies and pedagogies for the future.
  4. Student access, retention, success and employability.
  5. Promoting PSET and collaborative practice (e.g. industry partnership, public and private sector, government) in the era of the 4IR.
  6. ODeL in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.
  7. Collaborative Online International Learning (e.g. advancing curriculum transformation, decolonising the curriculum through international online collaboration, best practices, student experiences).

For more information


African Perspectives of Research in Teaching and Learning

African Perspectives of Research in Teaching and Learning is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles encompassing a range of current topics related to teaching and learning from all fields, disciplines and subjects. Articles may be rooted in disciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary domains. The main thrust of the journal is directed at bringing to the fore discussions, debates and issues as they pertain to teaching and learning across a wide spectrum of education contexts in Africa without a commitment to a particular approach, methodology or worldview. It is concerned with and devoted to high quality articles that unravel, explain or problematize contemporary complexities of teaching and learning. It also embraces the ideal of building a new generation of teaching and learning scholars through the promotion of primary research by new and established researchers.  

To access all the information



In order to share opportunities and make sure you do not miss anything, we have created this document which will be updated throughout the year with quality research opportunities, upcoming conferences, calls for chapters and journal articles and much more.

You can follow the updated through this link  


Other Upcoming Events 


Wednesday, 10 November 2021: Times Higher Education and D2L



You are invited to join Times Higher Education and D2L for a free 60-minute webinar on Wednesday 10 November.

As universities continue to embrace the future of teaching and learning, join us for a discussion that includes the findings of exclusive research which reveals how institutions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are addressing the most important challenges posed by digital transformation.

Inspired by a global survey of almost 5,000 global higher education respondents, a panel of senior leaders from higher education and industry will exchange knowledge and best practice about what strategies, tools and processes are needed to increase access and flexibility to the people who need it the most.


Discussion points will include:

  • How can universities in the EMEA region better engage with students using digital tools?
  • Why is it increasingly important to support different types of learners this way?
  • How can collaboration be used effectively in personalised learning programmes?
  • What challenges persist when delivering digital transformation across institutions?
  • How can universities encourage and support the adoption of tools that deliver digital and blended learning?

Not sure if you can make the live session? You can still register and we’ll send you the recording and a summary article of key findings and advice afterwards

For Registration here is the ZOOM link 


2 - 3 December 2021: International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning in the Digital Age - digiTAL2K

digiTAL2K is the second edition of the international conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning in the Digital age. The conference is being held on 2nd and 3rd December 2021 in Durban, South Africa. This edition will be offering a hybrid model, allowing you the choice of participating virtually, or joining us in-person. 

The theme for 2021 is “The Journey Beyond…”

The focus on teaching and learning is now more important than ever as we move from a world of didactic teaching to that of the digital world. With the changes taking place, the critical issue is to provide and maintain an outstanding digital student experience. At the heart of excellent teaching is curriculum design that incorporates the technology and curriculum design to the next level for an improved student experience and student success.

For Registration and More details

Up and Connect: Education in a Digital Era (6-7 Dec. 2021)

Network of OER and Multimodal Self-Directed Learning in Southern Africa

The aim of this network is to research and build capacities regarding OER and Multimodal Learning in the Southern African region

For more information, see:

Submissions can be made at:


Educational Technology and a Few Education Conferences 

for June to December 2021, Edition #45

Prepared by Clayton R. Wright,

The 45th edition of the conference list covers selected professional development opportunities that primarily focus on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Only listings until December 2021 are most complete as dates, locations, or Internet addresses (URLs) were not available for a number of events held after that date

For more information here is the link: Educational Technology and Education Conference List from June to December 2021



Are you looking for an education job in higher learning institutions?  Look no further, here is the link for more information African EduJobs 



Online course on #TraumaAware teaching and learning for all higher educators. If interested in engaging in this work, and you'd like to do it at YOUR pace, check it out.

Trauma Fundamentals for Higher Educators | Online Learning Toolkit

Are you a trauma-aware educator? While trauma isn't new, the COVID-19 global pandemic has moved many higher educators to learn more about trauma's impacts. 

For more information



Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Learn practical strategies for making education inclusive


Discover ways to make education more inclusive, especially in areas where resources are limited. 

Millions of children around the world are excluded from access to education because of a disability - robbing them of their potential and diminishing our society.

In this course you will learn about inclusive education, understanding what barriers there are to learning and how to challenge them. Over six weeks you will learn from a range of people with experience of disability, discovering practical ways to create a more inclusive learning environment that you can apply in your own area.

For more information Making Education Inclusive - Online Course (


COVID-19 OERs, Resources and Articles

We invite you to share OERs and other resources related to emergency remote teaching on our Facebook page.

Examples of COVID-19 resources: 

Articles of interest:

Recent publications by some of our members

Gachago, D., Pallitt, N., & Bali, M. 2020. No Size Fits All: Design Considerations for Networked Professional Development in Higher Education. Proceedings of the Networked Learning Conference. Denmark, online:

Belluigi, D., Czerniewicz, L., Khoo, S., Algers, A., Buckley, LA., Prinsloo, P., Mgqwashu, E., Camps, C., Brink, C., Marx, R., Wissing, G., & Pallitt, N. 2020. “Needs Must”? Critical reflections on the implications of the Covid19 ‘pivot online’ for equity in higher education. Digital Culture and Education. 

Czerniewicz, L.; Agherdien, N.; Badenhorst, J.; Belluigi, D.; Chambers, T.; Chili, M.; de Villiers, M.; Felix, A.; Gachago, D.; Gokhale, C.; Ivala, E.; Kramm, N.; Madiba, M.; Mistri, G.; Mgqwashu, E.; Pallitt, N.; Prinsloo, P.; Solomon, S[MOU1] .; Strydom, S.; Swanepoel, M.; Waghid, F. & Wissing, G. 2020. A Wake-Up Call: Equity, Inequality and Covid-19 Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning. Postdigital Science and  Education.


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