Facilitating Online Course (October – November 2015) OPEN for applications until 18 September 2015

The next run of the online course I co-facilitate on is coming up. Here are the details:) Also here on the e/merge Africa website.

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. The activities stretch over 8 weeks from 5 October – 27 November  including Week 0 to address any technical issues and two consolidation weeks (after Weeks 2 and 4) for reflection and catch-up. 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 18 September 2015. We are also planning to offer further instances of the course during 2016. Please contact us on facilitationcourse@emergeafrica.net 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 and educational technologists 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 by 18 September 2015.
You can address queries by e-mail to facilitationcourse@emergeafrica.net

Endorsements from past course participants:
Dr Judith McKenzie, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town says “I learned many facilitation skills that I am now able to apply with my own students. I would recommend the course highly to anyone embarking on the online teaching and learning journey.’

Daniel Adeboye, Online Maths Tutor, Tutor for the Future reports that “This course doesn’t just teach you ABOUT online Facilitation, it actually gets you to facilitate, setting this above other online courses I have taken on this subject. It’s a real opportunity to learn and develop. And what’s more? It has an African taste…” 

Dr Speranza Ndege,  Director of the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Kenyatta University reflects that “The rigorous demands of the online course you took us through have yielded positive fruits. I find it much easier to handle my students, and my online class activities, forums, assignments, feedback/grading are no longer complex. In fact it is fun facilitating online.”

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