April 29, 2017

Conference in Africa: E-Learning Innovations

The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development, Nairobi

The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development, Nairobi

What: The 4th E-Learning Innovations Conference and Expo provides an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research, innovation and contemporary e-learning practices. The main theme: Powering Growth

Where: KICD, Nairobi, Kenya

When: September 12-16, 2016

Who: Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is the conference host and convening partner. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and develop curricular for all levels of education below the university. Website: http://www.kicd.ac.ke

Keynotes

  • Prof. Erwin Sniedzins, Gamification Architect
  • Gene Wade, CEO of One University Network
  • Prof. John Traxler, Research Prof. Digital Learning
  • Mr. Rajeev Gupta, CEO & Founder mElimu
  • Prof. Peter E. Kinyanjui, Chairman, KICD Council.
  • Mr. John Kimotho, Snr.Deputy Director / Deputy CEO, KICD
  • Mrs. Esther Gacicio, Assistant Director, KICD e-Learning section
  • Dr. Julius O. Jwan, Director & Chief Executive Officer KICD
  • Dr. Penina Lam, Consultant World Bank, CGAP Gateway Academy

How: 

To register, go to http://elice.co/product/elice-2016-registration/

To make a presentation at the conference, go to: http://elice.co/speakers-application/. Applications must be received by 15 August, 2016

 

OERs for agriculture in Africa

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Millet farm, Kenya © Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Mallinson, B. (2010) AgShare Open Educational Resources (OER) Collaboration SAIDE Newsletter, Vol. 16, No. 6

AgShare is an 18-month planning and piloting project in which Michigan State University (MSU) and the South African Institute of Distance Education’s OER Africa Initiative are working with a range of African anchor partners to build the foundation of the AgShare Open Educational Resources (OER) collaboration.

The vision of AgShare is to become a catalyst for collaboration and alignment among existing African OER and agricultural organizations to strengthen MSc agriculture curricula.

The four partner Higher Education institutions (HEIs) selected for the pilots were Makerere University (Uganda), Haramaya University (Ethiopia), United States International University (USIU) and Moi University, both situated in Kenya.

Using e-learning for peace-making in Northern Kenya

Kyama, R. and Mwaura, N. (2010) Peacemaking with e-learning in Kenya e-Learning Africa 2010 News Portal, May

From the article (well worth reading in full):

In Kenya’s remote North Rift, the eLearning project “Good School Neighbours” is helping to bring peace to armed and nomadic peoples. The project gives students, teachers and opinion-makers the chance to encourage dialogue and peaceful co-existence between the feuding rural communities in this vast, arid region, home to around 1.8 million people, where armed cattle-rustling has been a way of life.

“Good School Neighbours” (GSN) is supported by SNV Netherlands, a Dutch non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting education, fighting poverty and improving local governance in the developing world. GSN is aligned with another project called “The North Rift eLearning Consortium”, also promoted by SNV Netherlands. GSN also supports a group of schools which are spearheading eLearning.

Philip Kiptanui Mwei from Arnesen’s High School, Kenya, and Mathew Kituu from The North Rift eLearning Consortium, Kenya, will present eLearning for Peace Building and Sustainability: Good School Neighbours Project as part of the session Building a Peaceful, Secure and Stable Society: the Role of ICTs, to be held on Thursday, May 27th from 11:15 – 13:15 at the e-Learning Africa 2010 conference in Lusaka, Zambia.

Another superb e-learning project from Africa – using technology strategically.

Using technology to help street kids in Kenya

Kyama, R. (2010) How ICTs Are Transforming the Lives of Street Children in Kenya e-Learning Africa, February 22

Sometimes I do get depressed and down about the lack of progress or barriers to change in using technology for education, then I get my monthly copy of the e-Learning Africa News Portal, and I feel cheered and optimistic and sometimes even inspired by the great work many people are doing with e-learning in Africa.

I can do no better in summarizing what this article is about than by quoting the first paragraph:

‘Tucked away some 300 kilometres northwest of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is the town of Eldoret. With help from SNV (a Dutch development agency) , the “Ex-Street Children Community Organisation” (ECCO) has developed an eLearning programme here that provides street children with a platform that not only enables them to share ideas with each other but also to communicate with rest of the society. Using ten computers, mostly donated by well-wishers, the organisation has come up with ‘drop in’ centres where street children from the town gather to become familiar with ICT skills ranging from the basics of working on a computer to how to send e-mails. “In 2007, while working in the town, I noticed the group of former street kids, and I started to work with them”, said Joseph Langat, a fifty-year-old senior advisor for local governance and education at SNV. According to him, the children had selected areas where they could all gather together to share a meal or take a shower. “That’s when I realized that the children were organised and only lacked some basic communication skills of how to relate with others.”

Now I know it would be even better to build a society that prevens kids going on the streets in the first place, but you have to start from where you are. This project seems to be getting some real traction – I strongly recommend the full article for all you jaded e-learning specialists out there. There is still hope!

There is also a BBC news item about this project available from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8376714.stm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

However, if you are by nature depressed, and need to feed your depression, read the article that follows the Kenyan article, about e-learning in Zimbabwe:

Gudza, E. (2010) Dry ICT skills are not enough e-Learning Africa, February 22

If ever a country was damned by its ruler, it is surely Zimbabwe.

e-Agriculture in Kenya

macherukaruku (2009) Electronic Agriculture in Kenya’s Arid and Semi–Arid Lands (ASAL) Schools Africa Rural Connect

Sustainable Environment and Agriculture Network (Seanet) International is a Kenyan registered NGO and a partner of One Dollar For Life (www odgl.org), a Silicon Valley (USA) high school students’ organization that collects one dollar per student per year in order to build small-scale infrastructure projects in the developing world.

The E-Agriculture methodology seeks to produce agricultural products including crops and livestock in Kenya’s ASAL Schools as a source of learning, food security and agri-business. The innovation will use an electronic medium to discuss, create and develop agriculture in ASAL schools. Where schools do not have Internet access, a printed version of the electronic newsletter will be distributed.