February 2020

Dear Colleague,

We hope that for all here 2020 is bringing new beginnings, and of course we will continue to unleash the power of networks. This year, we hope to challenge ourselves to do more strategically and to reach and engage with more members.  We would like to share some updates below, we hope that this will be helpful in planning your engagements around and especially in teaching and research and upcoming trends that are useful.  

  • Facilitating Online course - Join us in 2020!

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

  • e/merge Africa Arabic - Arabic language webinars 

  • Notable events 

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

  • Job Opening (In South Africa)

  • e/merge Africa Web Repositories

  • Ways of getting involved in e/merge Africa Network 


Facilitating Online Course 2020

facilitating onlineFacilitating 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.

  • 10 Feb – 10 April (Last minute applications by 10 February)
  • 27 April – 26 June 2020 (Apply by 3 April)
  • 7 Sept – 6 Nov 2020 (Apply by 14 August)
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 institution subject to admission requirements.

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



e/merge Africa events 

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, 14 February 2020: Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Technical View

Date and Time:  Friday, 14 February 2020 at 4:00pm SAST/Cairo Time

Presenter: Dr. Jamil Itmazi, Associate Professor, IT-College, Palestine Ahliya University

Description: One of the most important obstacles to benefiting from OERs is the teacher’s lack of knowledge on how to take advantage of available OERs and how it could be transformed into his local environment (translation, fragmentation, Composition, adaptation, etc.). In this workshop: the open file formats will be defined, categorized, and how to deal with them with some advice on the best ways to benefit from them

 For registration and more informationأحداث



Call for Proposals: 2020 AECT International Convention

Theme: Towards culturally-situated learning design and research

2020 AECT International Convention, Jacksonville, Florida

November 3 - November 7  2020


Workshop Sessions: November 3 - November 7

Concurrent Sessions, Posters, Panels & Roundtable: November 3 - November 7

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2020 AECT International Convention "Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research," November 3-7, 2020, Hyatt Riverfront Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida.  Details can be found here . Deadline February 17, 2020. 

SAGE METHODS: 27th February 2020 - Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods

February : Indigenous and Intercultural Research. Designing, planning, and conducting research within and across cultures.  
Webinar Scheduled for 27th February 2020
Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods


More details and Registration can be found here




SECOND ADUN COLLOQUIUM 10 – 11 March 2020: Stellenbosch, South Africa


Second ADUN Colloquium 10 – 11 March 2020 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. We envisage that the second colloquium will afford us the opportunity to set an inclusive agenda and to jointly determine our future actions. In order to provide as many as possible institutions the opportunity of representation, we are currently limiting institutional representation to two people per institution. We will, however, make use of a waiting list whereby additional interested parties will be notified when extra places become available. Please register your interest in attending by clicking here. 

Soapbox Sessions 

Final abstract submission for the soapbox session has been extended to Friday 21 February. Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts will be Monday 24 February. We would like to strongly encourage you to participate in the soapbox sessions. It is only by sharing our thoughts related to wicked problems in our current African educational settings that we will be able to identify some potential themes that could serve as a basis for our way forward.  

5 - 7 May 2020, The 2020 Apereo Africa Conference, Johannesburg


OPENCOLLAB, in association with the Apereo Foundation, would like to invite you to an insightful three days including pre-conference workshops on 5 May.  The Apereo Africa Conference 2020 is taking place on 5 - 7 May 2020, in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand.
Invitations are still open to anybody who would like to contribute by presenting at the conference. The theme for 2020 is "Supporting the student's e-learning journey".

 Registration for the conference is opening soon. Click this link to see 2019 Apereo Africa Conference presentations.

For more information contact:  More details about the conference are to follow. 


Call for papers: ADECT International Conference/Workshop 



Conference & link to call


Date of event

Abstracts/proposal due by

Second African Digital University Network (ADUN) Colloquium 

Stellenbosch, South Africa

10 - 11 March 

Soapbox session abstract by 21 February  

AHERI 2020:  Innovations in Higher Education

Kisumu County, Kenya

26 - 27 March


OER20: Open Education Conference

London, UK

1- 2 April


ADECT International Conference/ Workshop

Abuja, Nigeria

19- 21 May

15 February

Networked Learning Conference

Kolding, Denmark

18 - 20 May


Higher Education Close Up 10 (HECU 10)


United Kingdom

6 - 8 July

1 March

Unisa International HETL Conference 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa

10 - 3 August

29 February

AECT International Convention

Jacksonville, Florida, US

3 - 7 November

17 February 

digiTAL 2020

Durban, South Africa

3 - 4 December

30 May 



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

Job opening - South Africa

The Teaching advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellowships Programme invites applications for the part-time post of Project Manager, from the start of 2020. Visit the link below for more information on applying for this position. 



When e/merge Africa started in 2014 it was a continuation of a number of bi-annual online conferences started by e/merge Africa Programme convener Tony Carr in 2004. To ensure that the conversations of the past are still available for the future we curate these resources at a subsidiary server. Currently you will find the following: 

For e/merge Africa resources between 2014 - 2017 please view this site 

All repositories feature full length webinar recordings, papers and presentations where available. All resources are licenced under Creative Commons. Due to the way these resources have been structured they should be easy to download fully via your browser for offline viewing for e.g. research purposes. Should you need more assistance please contact us on

Please note for more current recordings the e/merge Africa YouTube channel is a good place to start 



 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.  


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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