Maha Bali & Colleagues

Series of Online Seminars Spring 2018

Overview

DMLL and Academic Development are pleased to announce a series of webinars led by Dr Maha Bali (American University in Cairo)

The webinars will address a number of issues directly connected with two pillars of Coventry University’s Educational Strategy (i.e. Intercultural & International Engagement and Digital Fluency & Innovation) and will involve a number of collaborators from other institutions around the globe.

All webinars will include a short presentation, followed by an activity and time for discussion. After registering, participants will receive detailed information on how to join each of the sessions.

Intro video by Maha Bali:

The three upcoming webinar sessions are outlined below.

If you are a Coventry University staff member or student and would like to register to participate in any of these seminars please express your interest here and you will receive the joning instructions.

If you are not a Coventry University staff member but are interested in the webinar series, please email dmll@coventry.ac.uk.

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March 21st

Enabling remote active participation at conferences: an introduction to the Virtually Connecting approach


When?

Wednesday March 21st at

12.00 UK (UCT+0) / 14.00 Egypt (UCT+2)

Event type

Webinar with embedded Virtually Connecting session

Facilitators

Maha Bali, PhD (and other VC members: co-director Autumm Caines, Canadian buddy Helen J. DeWaard)

@Bali_Maha blog.mahabali.me

@Autumm autumm.edtech.fm

@hj_dewaard fiveflames4learning.com

Description

The purpose of the Virtually Connecting initiative is to enable remote participation at conferences and other types of academic events, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present – as explained by the VConnecting about page.

This model involves the use of emerging technologies with the aim of connecting onsite conference presenters and attendees with virtual participants in small groups. In particular, the approach fosters mediated interactions in what often feels like those great spontaneous hallway conversations, something not usually possible for a virtual experience.

What are the benefits?

  • The webinar will give participants the opportunity to get familiar with the rationale, history and practical considerations for this approach.
  • You will gain the basic knowledge required to participate in virtually connecting sessions and embed this approach into conferences you attend and/or organise.
  • You will get valuable skills for internationalising your curriculum and adopting internationalisation at home approaches.
  • This approach could be particularly helpful as a way of enabling collaborations between Coventry University Group’s campuses (i.e. Coventry, London, Scarborough, Dagenham) as well as with international partners.
  • Focus on issues directly connected with two pillars of Coventry’s Educational Strategy: Intercultural & International Engagement and Digital Fluency & Innovation

Topics covered

  • What is the Virtually Connecting initiative and model?
  • Who is the community behind this initiative?
  • What is its history and why was it needed?
  • Practical skills for joining and running Virtually Connected events.

Who should attend?

  • The webinar is aimed at anyone interested in widening participation at conferences and internationalisation at home.
  • This could be particularly relevant to lecturers, researchers and PhD students interested in international conferences, but also to anyone interested in exploring new ways of collaboration between campuses within CUG and across partner institutions.
  • No prior knowledge or skills are required.
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April 3rd

Towards a more inclusive Networked Global Learning: why you should care


When?

Tuesday April 3rd at 11.00 UK (UCT+1)

Event type

Interactive webinar

Facilitators

Maha Bali, Kate Bowles and Paul Prinsloo

@Bali_Maha / blog.mahabali.me

@KateMfD / www.musicfordeckchairs.com

@14prinsp / www.opendistanceteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/

 

Description

Digital technologies, social media and other online platforms democratise access to learning and enable everyone to actively participate and benefit as equals from the knowledge society we all live in. BUT DO THEY?

The potential of networked technologies for widening participation in society and education is too often taken for granted as reality. However, online learning experiences tend to be designed from a western-centric perspective, embodying a number of biases that can make it difficult for people from other backgrounds to fully engage and make the most of such opportunities.

This seminar will focus on cultural and technical barriers to truly inclusive global learning.

What are the benefits?

  • Tips and Insights into making online learning more inclusive
  • Opportunity to share and reflect on own practice
  • Discussion of specific scenarios and approaches
  • Focus on issues directly connected with two pillars of Coventry’s Educational Strategy: Intercultural & International Engagement and Digital Fluency & Innovation

Topics covered

  • Technical considerations to make networked global learning more inclusive
  • Cultural and social considerations to facilitate participation in global learning

Who should attend?

  • The webinar is aimed at anyone interested in the use of online technologies for teaching and learning
  • This could be particularly relevant to involved in Online International Learning project or considering to do so
  • No prior knowledge or skills are required.

Recommended reading

Bali, Maha, Bowles, Kate and Prinsloo, Paul (2016): International Something: Why You Should Care #DigPed. EdContexts

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April 11th

Why doesn’t this feel empowering?
The challenges of web-based intercultural dialogue


When?

Wednesday April 11th at  13.00 UK (UCT+1)

Event type

Collaborative annotation + interactive webinar

Facilitator

Maha Bali, PhD @Bali_Maha blog.mahabali.me

Description

Using web-based collaborative annotation tools, over a period of three days you will be able to read and share ideas, at your own place, around the article Why doesn’t this feel empowering? The challenges of web-based intercultural dialogue (Bali 2014). This will be followed by a webinar with the author to further discuss issues of interest to the participants in relation to the topic covered on the article.

What are the benefits?

You will have the opportunity to explore ways of using annotation tools for close reading in collaboration with others.
Focus on issues directly connected with two pillars of Coventry’s Educational Strategy: Intercultural & International Engagement and Digital Fluency & Innovation

  • Topics covered
  • Online learning and international collaboration
  • Intercultural learning
  • Challenges and solutions
  • Who should attend?
  • Anyone interested in intercultural learning
  • Particularly relevant to those interested in online international learning and educational innovation

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in intercultural learning
  • Particularly relevant to those interested in online international learning and educational innovation

Instructions for participation

In preparation for the webinar, we will be collectively annotating the article Why Doesn’t This Feel Empowering? The challenges of web-based intercultural dialogue. This way, you we all have the opportunity to comment on specific issues you would like to discuss during the webinar, raise questions, refer to elements which are particularly relevant to your own practice and/or highlight any other aspect you would like to discuss in more detail during the webinar.

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Register

Registration Form

If you are not a Coventry University staff member but are interested in the webinar series, please email dmll@coventry.ac.uk.

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Guests Speakers


Maha Bali

Maha is an associate professor of practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at The American University in Cairo. She serves as International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, editor at Hybrid Pedagogy journal, and editorial board member of Teaching in Higher Education, Online Learning Journal, Journal of Pedagogic Development and Learning, Media and Technology. She blogs for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Prof Hacker and DMLCentral blogs. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org.

She has taught educational game design, ed tech for teachers, and has co-facilitated several open online learning experiences including #CCourses, #MOOCMOOC Critical Pedagogy, Digital Writing Month and #OpenLearning17.  She is a MOOCaholic, Writeaholic and passionate open and connected educator. Her research interests including open and online education, critical thinking and critical pedagogy, intercultural learning, citizenship and higher education.

In 2018 she is a Visiting Fellow with DMLL.

She writes at http://blog.mahabali.me

Select peer-reviewed publications

  • Bali, M., Caines, A., DeWaard, H., & Hogue, R. (2016, December). Ethos and Practice of a Connected Learning Movement: Interpreting Virtually Connecting Through Alignment with Theory and Survey Results. Online Learning Journal, 20(4). Retrieved from https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/965/247
  • Bali, M. (2016). Bringing Out the Human in Synchronous and Asynchronous Media for Learning. In W. Kilgore (ed) Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from https://humanmooc.pressbooks.com
  • Bali, M. (2015). A new scholar’s perspective on open peer review. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(8), pp. 857-863. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2015.1085857
  • Bali, M., Crawford, M., Jessen, R. L., Signorelli, P., & Zamora, M. (2015). What makes a cMOOC community endure? Multiple participant perspectives from diverse MOOCs. Educational MediaInternational, DOI:10.1080/09523987.2015.1053290

Autumm Canes

Passionate about the use of technology in education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture, Autumm likes spending time at the place where differing disciplines intersect.

A first generation high school graduate and first in family college graduate, she dedicated to the transformative experience of education for those to whom the opportunity often does not present itself.

She currently works as an Instructional Designer at St. Norbert College in De Pere WI. She is also a Co-Director of Virtually Connecting and uses her work in Virtually Connecting to explore questions of virtual presence, conversation and spontaneity in synchronous virtual environments.

http://autumm.edtech.fm/

Helen J. DeWaard

Helen is an educator, leader, designer of digital learning spaces and events, teacher, and life-wide learner. Her passion lies with digital technologies in a variety of settings. Her interests are varied and present challenges to her thinking and learning.

https://www.hjdewaard.com

Kate Bowles

Kate is Associate Dean International at University of Wollongong Australia. She is also Faculty of Law Humanities and Arts and teaches narrative professionalism, research methods and media geography. She writes online at Music for Deckchairs (musicfordeckchairs.com) and can be found on Twitter @KateMfD. She has dual citizenship, and thinks online about digital citizenship.

Paul Prinsloo

Paul Prinsloo is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa (Unisa). His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies. Paul is an established researcher and has published numerous articles in the fields of teaching and learning, student success in distance education contexts, learning analytics, and curriculum development. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identity. Paul was born curious and in trouble. Nothing has changed since then.

@14prinsp / www.opendistanceteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/

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