This webinar is hosted in English
Incubating Online Course Design and Development at sub-Saharan African Universities with Brenda Mallinson
The past five years have seen an increased desire to make use of technology enhanced teaching and learning in sub-Saharan African higher education institutions. However, many academics struggle to convert their existing courses and learning materials to promote interaction and engagement for online delivery. This study examines the process followed in a funded educational technology initiative to support academics in creating high quality blended courses.
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Brenda Mallinson is the Programme Specialist, Learning Technologies, at the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) in Johannesburg. She is currently involved in a number of Educational Technology projects at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) across sub-Saharan Africa, including the extensive Partnership for Higher Education in Africa Educational Technology Initiative, and the AgShare OER project, now moving from the successfull completion of the pilot project into Phase 2.
Brenda is a member of the recently appointed Learning Technologies Working Group for the Departmnet of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, for the New Universities project.
Brenda is also a Research Associate in the Department of Information Systems (IS), Rhodes University, South Africa, having previously lectured in this Department from 1999 to 2007. During this time she also lectured and consulted in the field of Project Management at Rhodes University and at the University of Fort Hare. Prior to this, Brenda's growing interest in Educational Technology prompted a move from a lecturing position in the Computer Science (CS) Department to run the Computer Based Education Unit (CBEU) at RU from 1994 to 1998.
While at Rhodes University, Brenda established and led a research group in Advanced Learning Technologies, as well as designing and implementing a post-graduate coursework module in ALT for IS and CS honours students, both at Rhodes University and at the University of Fort Hare.