learning landscapes in southern africa


e/merge 2006 took place for 2 weeks, from Monday 10 to Friday 21 July. Presentations were grouped into four themes: The Big Picture, Learning Organisations, Learning Communities, Learning Environments. Presentation and discussion of papers in each theme took place over 3 days and workshops ran for a week or longer.

ISBN Number 0-620-36467-X e/merge 2006 conference (http:emerge2006.net)

Peer Reviewed Papers

Peer Review Statement: Except for the case of four keynote addresses and five invited presentations all proposals were double blind peer reviewed. Ten papers were double blind peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. The conference chairs then prepared a report based on reviewer feedback for each author including a decision to accept, accept with changes or to reject the paper.

Review Panel: The e/merge 2006 review panel members were from 18 universities and one Polytechnic in 10 countries on 3 continents. Nine members of the review panel are at Professor or Associate Professor level and six others have Doctorates in their fields of specialisation.

Journal Publication: Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz and Tony Carr will co-edit a peer reviewed special issue of the The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/) based on edited versions of selected papers from e/merge 2006, for publication in May 2007. Two further papers from e/merge are being sent for peer review as part of this process.

Peer Reviewed Papers marked below with a star

1. The Big Picture

Mon 10 July - Wed 12 July

Keynote: The limits and possibilities of e-learning in Africa: A brief expose of the AVU experiences (Keynote)

Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo, African Virtual University
The discourse on globalization and the politics of e-learning in South African higher education
Neetha Ravjee, University of the Western Cape
Technology for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Contexts: the AT and ANT Analytical Perspectives
Nhlanhla Mlitwa, University of Cape Town
Non-use of Learning Technologies in Africa: Is it lack of the technology or attitudes towards technology? Maideyi Meck, Department of Geology, University of Zimbabwe
The role of ICTs in addressing teaching and learning challenges in higher education
Shaheeda Jaffer, Dick Ng'ambi and Laura Czerniewicz, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
Costs of Information and Communication Technology in developing country school systems: The experience of Botswana, Namibia and Seychelles
Andrew Paterson, Human Science Research Council
Technological access, disability, and social inclusion: Carmen's story Leila Kajee, University of Witwaterstrand
Empowering traditional universities with ICT: the challenges harnessing the emerging educational delivering and learning technologies within campus-based universities in Africa (Invited Presentation) Clement Dzidonu, Global Village University (GVU), Ghana
Making sense of the meaning maker: tracking the object of activity in a mathematics classroom using Activity Theory. Joanne Hardman, University of Cape Town

2. Learning Organisations

Wed 12 July - Fri 14 July

Keynote: ICTs as an Enabler for the Development of the Education Sector in Mozambique (Keynote)
Venancio Massingue, Minister of Science and Technology, Mozambique
Sustainable computer use in schools
Herbert Thomas, University of Free State and Johannes Cronje, University of Pretoria
The establishment of a multi-stakeholder e-Learning Centre: Namibia's experiences (Invited Presentation)
Margaret Beukes-Amiss, University of Namibia
Benchmarks for the implementation of e-learning in higher education: a case study of e-learning deployment at the University of Pretoria
Irene le Roux and Jill Fresen, Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria

Establishing an eLearning Division at a Higher Education Institution: lessons from the University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Juliet Stoltenkamp, Carolynne Kies and James Njenga, Information and Communication Services,University of the Western Cape
Gender-based analysis of ICTs in institutions of higher learning: A case of E-learning in Makerere University. (Invited Presentation)
Ruth Nsibirano, Faculty of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda
Assessment of the effectiveness of the CAD eLearning Certificate at the University of Botswana

Daniela Giannini-Gachago, Anne Munene- Kabanyan Marilyn Lee and Spoon Mafote, Educational Technology Unit (CAD), University of Botswana

Interpreting cross-cultural blended teaching and learning along Hofstede's cultural dimensions
Dolf Steyn & Johannes Cronje, University of Pretoria, Seugnet Blignaut, Tshwane University of Technology
Building a virtual community of practice to enable ICT take-up in schools in the Grahamstown District
Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Ingrid Brandt, Rhodes University

3. Learning Communities

Mon 17 July - Wed 19 July

Keynote - Designing staff development and support services for eLearning on an evidence base created within one's own university (Keynote)
Carmel McNaught, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Learner-centred eLearning: the Schoolnet Africa experience (Invited Presentation)
Shafika Isaacs, SchoolNet Africa
Learning from the rhetoric of academics using educational technology
Andrew Deacon and Catherine WynSculley, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town
Survivors on a cyber island
Linda van Ryneveld, Tshwane University of Technology and Johannes Cronje, Irma Eloff, Debbie Adendorff and Salome Meyer, University of Pretoria
Exploring disciplinary differences in the use of educational technology
Cheryl Brown and Laura Czerniewicz, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
The Use of Various ICTs in Blended Collaborative Learning at the University of Botswana
Seleka G.G., Mgaya K.V., Sechaba M.N., Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Botswana
An analysis of the impact of an authentic assessment strategy on student performance in a technology-mediated constructivist classroom: a study revisited
Andrew Scholtz, Information and Communication Technology, Turfloop Campus, University of Limpopo
Elearning support and training: motivating and empowering online facilitators at the University of the Western Cape
Juliet Stoltenkamp, Carolynne Kies and James Njenga, Information and Communication Services,University of the Western Cape

4. Learning Environments

Wed 19 July - Fri 21 July

Keynote - E-Learning 2.0 - why the new tools? (Keynote)

Stephen Downes, NRC Institute for Information Technology

Social Presence and Context Awareness for KnowledgeTransformation in an m-Learning Environment Raymond Kekwaletswe, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
Pedagogic strategies for authoring eLearning environments: research experience from teacher programmes (Invited Presentation) Tom Power, Digital Education Enhancement Project (DEEP), Open University UK

RAT Online, The Wheel Spanner: An Online Self-Defence Course Steven Yates, Derivco
The Role of Complex Software in Cognitive Development Alan Amory, Nhlanganiso Biyela and Thato Foko, Centre for IT in Higher Education, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban


Mon 10 July - Fri 21 July

The 8 Emerging Competencies of Online Interaction
Nancy White, Full Circle Associates and Tony Carr, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town

Fri 14 July - Fri 21 July

Concept Maps to Support Collaborative Knowledge Modeling
Barbara Bowen, See What You Know www.seewhatyouknow.com

Mon 17 July - Fri 21 July

The computer in the classroom (O computador dentro da sala de aulas).
Kitty den Boogert and Xavier Muianga, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Jungle Tour 2.0 Robin Good, Master New Media

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