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African e-Learning, an Call for Exploring MOOCs and All

Presentation for Teaching And Learning Forum 2013, 17 October 2013

Gertjan van Stam

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of African e-Learning, an Call for Exploring MOOCs and All

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African e-Learning, a Call for Exploring
MOOCs and All

Behavior and Characteristics can only be Understood, Developed, and Evaluated within a Social Context
Relationships: Doing Local, Being Global

Education: Transdiciplinar Models

Infrastructure: Respectful Implementation

Social Justice: Stories of Local Talent
For Instance:
African MOOCs
Course Ideas:
- Ubuntu: Community Development
- Relatio: Workforce Development
- Orality, Dominatio: Thought Leadership
Lessons Learned
and to Learn
Human Intent
A Society of Character achieved
through Perseverance
Considerate Growth
Longitudinal Research
Augment Conventional Thinking
Local Relevance
Hegemonic Believes/Truths
- Technology amplifies Your Intent
- Aim for:
- Cultural Nearness to African Society
- Diversity of Cultural Content of Modernity
- Balance in the Flow of Influence

African Stories are Important to Teach Your Student, Your Nation and The World

eLearning is ready to be explored
MOOCs and All
African Traditions
Ubuntu: "I am because We are"

Orality: strength in verbal expression

Relatio: economy of giving, market of settling

Dominatio: "No future without forgiveness"
What is Happening?
(Out There)
- It is about Learning, not about Technology
- All Stakeholders, especially Teachers, must be closely involved
- Supporting Infrastructure must be in place
Gertjan van Stam:
- Living the Life, in rural areas (12 years)
- Etnographic study
Curriculum Vitae
What is Happening?
(In Here)
Esther Kalambo, divinity degree holder, study through Internet
Internet in the bush, PC Crazy
Nurses at the Training School
Equal Access
to all Learners
and Evaluation
Maintenance for Equipment
and Networks
African Context
Diversity: "Africa is not a Country"

Change: Closed, Arrested or Open Communities

Dominated: Growing Inequalities

Constrained: "The Wretched of the Earth"

- Appropriate Content
-Social Innovation
- Let Africa Lead
- Schigm between 'the West' and 'the Rest', e.g.
- 98% management theories emerge from USA
- ethically loaded conceptions of human nature
- Current MOOCs emanate Western thinking and its Ethical System
- Technologies emerged from 'Well-To-Do' laboratories
- ICTs have made the world a more inequal place (have vs have nots)
- Africa has unique challenges with poverty and inequalities

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