Call for contributions in co-edited book on ‘Co-teaching/researching in an Unequal World: Using Virtual Classrooms to Connect Africa, and Africa and the World’

Edited by Zifikile Phindile Shangase, Daniela Gachago and Eunice Ivala

Introduction

Traditionally, co-teaching or team-teaching is discussed in the context of K12 education, in particular, in relation to specific subjects or issues, such as teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or supporting learners with disabilities. However, researchers have recently been exploring the concept of co-teaching within institutions of higher education (IHEs), in fields such as teacher education, and as a response to massification of access to HE (Morelock et al, 2017) but also in the context of internationalisation and globalisation.

Co-teaching in a ‘global classroom’ (Kahn & Agnew, 2017) gives students the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on the same topic and to learn from experts within and outside their institutions (Minett-Smith & Davis, 2019); broadens potential student base and can extend a University brand; and offers cross-institutional networking and research opportunities (Clark & Wilson, 2017).  Technology has the potential to support international partnerships between universities, facilitated by networked/blended/online pedagogies. These partnerships can bring together students and teachers from widely differing backgrounds, cultures and locations, to combine global perspectives and local relevance (Stewart & Gachago, 2016). Despite the above advantages, over half of universities’ collaborative teaching ventures have failed, with participants blaming bureaucratic administration, departmental silo mentality, work ethics, lack of flexibility and cultural barriers for the breakdown of collaboration. Furthermore, collaboration often fails due to a lack of a shared vision, poor administrative support and difficulties with funding arrangements (Morelock et al, 2017).

South Africa (SA) is still haunted by the legacy of Apartheid, which limits SA’s ability to collaborate and reach out beyond local borders and lecturers and students often lack the financial means to study, research or work abroad. Emerging technologies such as virtual classrooms, social media, MOOCs or Open Educational Resources / Practices provide opportunities to support academic collaboration across geographical distances (Bali and Caines, 2018; Czerniewicz, 2018). There is however, limited research around the use of context-sensitive use of technology to facilitate inter-institutional collaboration in teaching and learning and research globally  (Clarke & Wilson, 2017) and in the African context. This book will contribute insights towards closing this gap in knowledge by providing a range of chapters reflecting on how academics and academic staff developers have employed technology across the African continent and beyond, to co-teach and co-research. Some of the insights the book will provide are: on benefits and challenges of such collaboration, affordances of technologies to bridge unequal divides, emerging practices of continental collaboration and beyond, framed by a (Pan-)African spirit. Such collaborations also have potential to explore how these innovative approaches can support decolonising the African Higher Education institutions curriculum in support of this current agenda.

Submissions

We believe that it is of particular importance to research this issue from a Pan-African perspective, considering the huge differences in terms of resources but also in terms of beliefs around teaching and learning on the continent. International co-teaching, co-learning and co-researching require strategies and pedagogies built around collaborations, a plurality of knowledges and experiences, interconnections, networks, and engagement with the world. We would like to focus on initiatives that have grown from the Global South, which might have international collaborators but where the leadership resides in Africa. This edited volume will allow sharing of a wide range of experiences from the African continent, that not only focuses on the use of technology but engages more deeply with issues around cross-cultural collaboration. We also invite accounts of projects that failed and which can provide important lessons for future collaborations.

We are inviting submission to an edited collection of conceptual or theoretical papers and empirical research.

Based on the literature provided above, potential themes for this book are provided below.

  1. Emerging practices of co-teaching and co-research
  2. Pedagogies for co- teaching and co-research
  3. Tools and technologies to support co-teaching /co-researching
  4. Skills needed for co-teaching / co-researching
  5. Admin/management challenges when setting up partnerships, managing partnerships such as commitment, and funding
  6. Facilitating intercultural co-teaching/research (how does one negotiate power dynamics etc)
  7. Evaluation criteria /quality assessment used during/after the co-teaching /co-research experiences
  8. Implications/recommendations for curriculum development and academic staff development

The above themes will guide interested contributors in sharing their insights on how they have employed, supported, researched technology across the African continent and beyond, to co-teach and co-research and the issues that arose in the process and the curriculum development and staff development imperatives to be taken into consideration during co-teaching and co-researching. We encourage collaborative writing with the co-teaching / co-research team to acknowledge the multiplicity of experiences, views and cross-institutional learning.

Audience

This book is aimed at:

  • Academics at institutions of higher learning in Africa who have an interest in co-teaching and co-researching
  • Academics from Africa and beyond who would like to collaborate internationally through co-teaching/research using networked learning;
  • Innovation centres that support the use of technology for co-teaching/research;
  • Offices in charge of internationalisation strategies and initiatives in higher education institutions;
  • Management and decision-makers who are in charge of creating supportive environments for international collaboration on co-teaching and co-researching
  • Academic staff developers who need to support international collaborations on co-teaching/research
  • Curriculum developers interested in designing courses for diverse audiences

Timelines

Submission of abstracts (250-500 words), author(s) details and key words by 20th of December 2019

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31st of January 2020

Submission of chapters: 31st of March 2020

Completion of blind peer review process: 31st of July 2020

Final submission of chapters: 30th of September 2020

Final manuscript to publisher: 31st of December 2020

For more information, please contact one of the co-editors:

Dr. Zifikile Phindile Shangase, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Shangasep@ukzn.ac.za

Prof. Daniela Gachago, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, gachagod@cput.ac.za

Prof. Eunice Ndeto Ivala, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, ivalae@cput.ac.za

Information on the publisher

The book will be published by Vernon Press (https://vernonpress.com/). We are still negotiating the possibility of an open access option. We are also in conversation with AfricanMinds as publishers for the African market.

References

Bali, M. & Caines, A. (2018). A call for promoting ownership, equity and agency in faculty development via connected learning. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. 15(46). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-018-0128-8

Czerniewicz, L. (2018). Inequality as Higher Education Goes Online. Bonderup Dohn, N., Cranmer, S., Sime, J.-A., de Laat, M., Ryberg, Th. (Eds.): Networked Learning. Reflection and Challenges. Springer (eBook).

Clark, C.H., &  Wilson, B.P. (2017). The Potential for University Collaboration and Online Learning to Internationalise Geography Education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 41(4): 488–505. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2017.1337087.

Kahn, H. E., & Agnew, M. (2017). Global Learning Through Difference: Considerations for Teaching, Learning, and the Internationalization of Higher Education. Journal of Studies in International Education, 21(1), 52–64. https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315315622022

Minett-Smith, C., & Davis, C. L. (2019). Widening the discourse on team-teaching in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 0(0), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2019.1577814

Morelock, J. R., Lester, M. M. G., Klopfer, M. D., Jardon, A. M., Mullins, R. D., Nicholas, E. L., & Alfaydi, A. S. (2017). Power, perceptions, and relationships: A model of co-teaching in higher education. College Teaching, 65(4), 182–191. https://doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2017.1336610

Stewart, K., & Gachago, D. (2016). “Being Human Today: A Digital Storytelling Pedagogy for Transcontinental Border Crossing.” British Journal for Educational Technology, 47 (3), 528–542.

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WS9: Managing your Digital Academic Identity with ePortfolios

Facilitators:

Daniela Gachago and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology and Candice Livingston, Faculty of Education

Date and Venue: 

10th of October 2019, 13.00-15,00, Centre for eLearning, D6 campus

17th of October 2019, 13.00-15,0, lab 3.07, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description:

Connecting and engaging with fellow academics online using social media has become an important part of an academic’s research practice. Academic reputations today can be considerably enhanced by developing an online profile or ‘academic digital identity’, broadening the reach of your research beyond conventional publishing channels or conference attendance. Academic social networking sites such as www.academia.edu or www.researchgate.net are important platforms to increase one’s academic visibility. Platforms such as the Conversation allow you to reach a broader public and increase you research impact. An important tool to manage your digital acadmic identity is an e-Portfolio.

Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios) are increasingly being considered in higher education (in particular professional degrees such as teacher education) to enable student teachers to reflect in, on and about practice in a structured way and demonstrate their growth and development as professionals. ePortfolios have multiple purposes for teaching staff and students alike (e.g. showcasing, learning, assessment, promotion). This seminar will consider the development opportunities that ePortfolios (as both a technology and an approach) can offer for: 1) teaching staff; and 2) learning opportunities with students.

For teaching staff: e-Portfolios for teaching staff demonstrate teacher passion for their teaching career and bring evidence of your teaching philosophy and your teaching practice. An important part of e-Portfolio pedagogy is the reflective component, one of the critical parts of student learning, or learning in general. As CPUT is embracing paperless practices, teaching and learning philosophies/portfolios for ad hominem promotion or the TDP will soon go online as well.

For student development: e-Portfolios are being used more and more widely to promote student reflection, assessment and presentation in innovative ways. Providing students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills paves the way for reflective practices by which experiences are turned into learning.

We will locate ourselves and interests in relation to a spectrum of broad uses of e-Portfolios, followed by more targeted considerations: What do I need to think about when choosing a tool to create an ePortfolio for myself or to use with students? What are some of the things to think about before starting? We will use Google Sites as an easy to use, freely available online platform to create ePortfolios.

 If you are interested please book your place using our online booking system the following link. We look forward to engaging with you in this workshop.

For more questions please contact Sonwabo Jongile at jongiles@cput.ac.za

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WS8 Creating multilingual content for and with students

Facilitator: Linda Manashe, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and Venue: 15th of August 2019, 13.30-15,30, lab 3.07, IT centre, Bellville

Seminar description:

The CPUT online multilingual glossaries project (MLG) is a collaboration between CIET and the Language Unit in Fundani CHED,  focusing on promoting multilingualism at CPUT especially by developing  African languages as scientific languages  across various study fields at CPUT.

Subject-specific concepts are translated and verified  from English to isiXhosa and Afrikaans in order to enhance teaching and learning through mother tongue.  
This workshop showcases multilingual content creation initiatives at CPUT,  such as the multilingual glossary and others, a discussion on the progress of the online MLG project, a demonstration of the online platform, and a discussion on opportunities to get involved in the growing CPUT online multilingual glossaries project.

To book your place please visit our online booking form.

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WS7 Supporting peer-learning through Blackboard using the peer learning tool

Facilitator: Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET)

Date and venue

  • 25th of July 2019, 13.00-15.00, eLearning centre, D6 campus

Description of workshop

During this workshop we will focus on the Peer Assessment tool in Blackboard. According to the Oxford dictionary, peer assessment refers to the “evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others in the same field.” In the higher education context, peer assessment refers to student-driven assessment. Peer and self assessment promotes student engagement and active learning as it allows students  to review, evaluate and learn from their own work and that of their peers. This way, active learning takes place in a form of social constructionism – the joint construction of knowledge through discourse. Furthermore, this practice allows students to co-design and engage with criteria/rubrics set up in collaboration with their lecturers and apply it when assessing and making decisions about their own and their peers’ work.In this workshop we will first discuss the types of peer assessments available on Blackboard and secondly, the challenges in relation to each peer assessment type selection. Finally, using the Peer Assessment tool we will create a peer assessment area and set up a rubric to which students will make use of as criteria for evaluating the responses.To book your place please use our online booking system. Link to screencast on YouTube

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WS7 Supporting At-Risk students using the Retention Centre

Facilitators: Donna Lewis, Sonwabo Jongile, Eunice Ivala and Mvuyisi Mavela, CIET

Date and location: 

  • 6th of June 2019, 13.00-15.00, Training Room 1, Library, Cape Town
  • 13th of June 2019, 13.30-15.30, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description

During this workshop we will focus on two tools in Blackboard: The Grade Centre and the Retention Centre. You will learn how to create, organise and manage columns in the Grade Centre for your various marked assessments; how to upload and download marks between Blackboard and Excel as well as creating Calculated Columns like the Weighted Marks Column.

The Retention Centre provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on default rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to students potentially at-risk. From the Retention Centre you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can also keep track of patterns over time. The Retention Centre features can be used immediately – no setup required. You can create new rules, edit existing rules, and delete rules by clicking on the Customise button. You can create as many rules as you need.

To book your place for this workshop please use our online booking system.

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WS 6 Teaching with Podcasting/Screencasting

Facilitators: Donna Lewis, Sonwabo Jongile &  Daniela Gachago, Center for Innovative Educational Technology

Dates and location:

  • 23th of May 2019, 13.oo-15.00, District Six campus, computer lab in the Library
  • 30th of May 2019, 13.30-15.30, Bellville campus (repeat)

 Workshop description:

As CPUT aims to foster innovative educational practices, there has been much interest in the adoption of blended modes of delivery by academic staff. In support of these aims, the Centre for Innovative Educational Technologies (CIET) invites you to attend this workshop on the use of podcasting/screencasting to support your existing pedagogy. The focus of this workshop is to provide a rationale and possible impetus for the use of podcasts/screencasts to support your teaching and students learning. We make reference to examples of how podcasting/screencasting has been used within the CPUT context to support different learning needs, using software and tools available to all CPUT staff. Additionally, practical guidance will be provided to support all staff members wishing to delve into the creation of podcast/screencasts.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS5 Mastering Online Assignments

Facilitators: Donna Lewis,  Sonwabo Jongile and Mavela Mvuyisi, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Dates and location:

  • 9th of May 2019, 13.oo-15.00, District Six campus
  • 16th of May 2019, 13.30-15.30, Bellville campus (repeat)

 Workshop description:

In this workshop we will focus on two main areas on our LMS Blackboard: Online Assignments and the Plagiarism prevention tool, Safe Assign. We will first look at the creation and submission of online assignments, as well as how you as the lecturer will do the marking of the assignments online, by making use of Blackboard’s inline marking tools (commenting tools) and the interactive rubric (grading form).

Secondly we will be focusing on the SafeAssign tool which is built into the Online Assignment Tool. SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service that allows you to protect the originality of work and ensure a fair playing ground for all of your students. SafeAssign prevents plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers within your existing teaching and learning environment. SafeAssign can also further deter plagiarism by creating opportunities to educate students on proper attribution and citations while properly leveraging the wealth of information at their disposal.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS3: Online Assessment

Facilitators: Ass. Prof. Eunice Ivala, Sonwabo Jongile, CIET, and Bronwyn Swart, DISE, CPUT

Date and location: 

  • 11th of April 2019, 13.00-15.30, Bellville campus

Workshop description

Description of Seminar

Recently there has been a significant increase of interest in online assessment at CPUT as a response to large student numbers and in general to provide more flexibility to students. However, lecturers who have ventured into online assessment soon realise that it is not simple to design online assessments that are meaningful and test students on the appropriate cognitive levels. This seminars will offer you an opportunity to engage with lecturers and staff developers’ experiences on how to best design for and implement online assessments. We will address questions such as:

  • ‘Doing assessment’ online – is it a case of transferring face-to-face assessment to an online environment?
  • The affordances and challenges of online assessment – a continuum from formative to summative assessment?
  • Online assessment practices – what is the purpose?   what formats are there? how do I grade online exams? how do I give feedback?
  • Academic integrity: How do you deal with issues of academic integrity when students write exams off campus? What options are there to create safe and authentic contexts for online exams on and off campus, such as the Respondus Lockdown browser or the Respondus Monitor?

Associate Professor Eunice Ivala will be presenting on the pedagogical approaches to online assessment practices. Bronwyn Swartz and her colleagues will then share her insight and practical experience on designing and deploying assessments on Blackboard in a numbers based subject, but also to assess research, and in more theoretical or even practical courses.

 

To book your place please use our online booking system!

 

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WS2: Blended learning Course Design

Facilitators: Ass. Prof. Daniela Gachago & Dr. Faiq Waghid, CIET, CPUT

Date and location: 

  • 7th of March 2019, 12.30-15.00, D6 campus (room 3128 in the  library)
  • 14th of March 2019, 13.00-15.30, Bellville campus

Workshop description

This workshop will introduce CPUTs vision for blended learning, framed by Laurillard’s book ‘Teaching as a Design Science‘. Starting off with focusing on your current students’ needs (persona activity), we will unpack the 6 Ways of Learning and show good practice on how blended learning can support these. Finally we will introduce a model for course redesign (storyboarding). To book your place please use our online booking system. We look forward to an interactive workshop with you!

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