Learning Together for Change – Arusha, Tanzania 27-29 April

by Anders Hög Hansen on March 4, 2015

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Parts of the seminar introduced below will be streamed for ComDev students. You are also welcome to participate in person. The blurp below contains general information as well as a draft outline of a theme workshop within the seminar called ‘Learning, Technology and Globalization’. Micke Rundberg and Anders Høg Hansen, ComDev staff, participates.


Learning Together for Change

A Swedish-African collaborative workshop conference on the role of Higher Education in the Education for All movement – a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

The Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) and a range of African University partners has during late 2014 formed four thematic program committees and one steering committee for the planning of a conference on learning and development in relation to the UNESCO led Education For All (EFA) initiative.

The conference will be held at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania between the 27th and 29nd of April (TBC). The maximum number of participants will be 200.

The conference will consist of plenary talks and workshops based on four key themes. Each theme will house two workshops, which gives a total of eight workshops.

Themes and workshops are:

Theme 1: Sustainability and Change
▪ 1 a) Learning for a Sustainable Society
▪ 1 b) Preparing Students to become Change Makers

Theme 2: Learning, Technology and Globalization
▪ 2 a) Technology Approaching Pedagogy and Learning
▪ 2 b) Democracy in Education – ICT for Sustainable Development

Theme 3: Rights, Equality and Gender
▪ 3 a) Education for All and Higher Education in a CRC Context
▪ 3 b) Gender, Physical Education (PE), Physical activity (PA) and Sports for All

Theme 4: Quality
▪ 4 a) Advancement of Quality in Higher Education
▪ 4 b) Advancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Malmö University Communication for Development staff Mikael Rundberg and Anders Høg Hansen are active members in the theme 2 planning group. The Glocal Classroom and ComDev web pedagogy will be utilised and the Theme 2 workshop “Learning, Technology and Globalization” and other events of the Arusha conference will be streamed as part of a ComDev seminar. See below a draft outline of the theme 2 activity for Learning, Technology and Globalization

We will return with information on online and possible on-location/in situ participation.

The theme 2 working group also includes Mats Johnsson, Teacher Education, Malmö University; Vivian Vimarlund, Informatics, Jönköping University; Steve Van Kamassah Ghana, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana; and Vicensia Shule, Fine and Performing Art/FPA, University of Dar es Salaam. ComDev has worked with FPA before in seminar activity, teacher exchanges and a Film Project, see e.g. http://wpmu.mah.se/comdev/2010/08/26/visual-ethnography-film-for-development/

The intention is to draw conclusions on factors for success for advancing Education for All and the future education agenda. Conclusions will be fed forward to the UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015) in Korea, May 2015, where the role of higher education and research will be promoted in relation to the post-UN-millennium development goals.

For more information visit: www.learningforchange2015.com


Outline for Theme 2 ”Learning, Technology and Globalisation”

April 27, Afternoon

Sub theme 2a – ”Technology approaching Pedagogy and Learning”
Anders Høg Hansen (Cultural Studies) & Mikael Rundberg (Interaction Design), School of Arts and Communication, MA Communication for Development, Malmö University, Sweden.

The theme 2 events will be documented by a live stream and chat pedagogy/technology developed over 10 years in the Communication for Development programme. The pedagogy bridges web-based learning (often understood as distance learning) and conventional forms of education on campus, by exploring innovative ways of combining the two. The focus is on the user level, not the technical system level. We aim to showcase the metods as a springboard for discussion of the pedagogical application of ICTs in teaching and learning, in particular in higher education – and their adaptation to other contextxs in the world. Just as the former division between “old” and “new” media has been overruled by convergence media, our online pedaogy aims at enhancing what might be called convergence pedagogy.
The theme 2 workshop will have online participants from the ComDev programme and other guests.

Continuing Sub-theme2a – ”Technology approaching Pedagogy and Learning”
Mats Johnsson, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden
Steve Van Kamassa, University of Education Winneba, Ghana
How do we make good learning possible for all? How do we change the view on teaching and learning through Technology and new/modern knowledge and research?

• Pedagogy
• Didactics
• Flipped classroom
• Changing paradigms in Education
• Neurodidactics
1. Embracing simple technological equipment (mobile phones) among innovative teachers for sharing socioeconomic information with rural economic actors.
2. Retraining of basic school teachers in ICT tools to overcome challenges of mass illiteracy in internet applications.
3. Creating virtual classrooms for adult learners to share cross-cultural experiences.
4. Making learning easier by converting traditional community libraries into digital store house of knowledge
Format: Oral presentations mixed with short film clips and videos. Reflections from own teaching and projects within the group. Smaller groups for discussion leading to conclusions in the larger group. By using the body of the workshop we hope to share all good cross-cultural examples and experiences.
Expected outcome for workshop: How to train the trainers in new ways of thinking in modern pedagogy connected to technology. By sharing ideas from different fields of teaching we hope to inspire and making educators to take new steps and develop education for the future. Highlight possibilities in using different tools for teaching. Cross-cultural experiences will ”open the eyes” and the awareness that Education issues are Global.
Contribution to the advancement of Education for All: By rising knowledge and ”modern” thinking among educators is one way to ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes.
Ending Lunch time April 28.

April 28, Afternoon

Subtheme 2b – ”Democracy in Education – IcT for sustainable development”
Vicensia Shule, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Presentation about the model and experiences in the implementation of ”Tuseme” in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania and across Africa, and also conduct some sort of TOT on the model of ”Tuseme”. http://www.changemakers.com/educationafrica/entries/tuseme-girls-empowerment-theater-development-clubs

Expected outcome for workshop:
Contribution to the advancment of Education for All:

April 29, Morning
Continuing Subtheme 2b – ”Democracy in Education – IcT for sustainable development”
Vivian Vimarlund, Informatic at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
IT for sustainable development (Vivian Vimarlund)
As an ecosystem, the ICT sector is an ever-evolving constellation of players who interact to ensure balance, collaboration, interdependency and sustainability. Because the ICT sector thrives on rapid innovation and the introduction of new technologies, it encourages a collaborative spirit for all other sectors with which it interacts. With clear government action at local, national, regional and global levels, ICT can continue as a dynamic driver for sustainable global economic growth.
The challenge
To meet the challenges of sustainable development, policymakers must have a good understanding of how to use modern technology to develop programs and projects that contribute to the economics and social development of a community.
Experiences from e-health area have shown that telemedicine applications, geographical information systems, and distance learning programs are of importance for to assist rural communities to sample knowledge capital and to self manage services at distance, enriches the interaction with service providers and develop cost-effective systems that improve quality of life of residents in rural communities all across a country.
A pre-requisite for sustainable development is that the whole population access to convenient, quality controlled and relevant learning opportunities through a unique combination of ICT and the pooled resources of a network of experts.
Teaching all citizens how to utilize ICT as a catalyst for social and economic progress is an opportunity long held in high regard by the international development community.
Impacting society at the micro and macro levels, ICT can equip the next generations to address the greatest social, economic and environmental challenges.
Expected outcome for workshop:
Contribution to the advancment of Education for All:

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