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Visiting Fellow Maha Bali and colleagues to present a series of webinar activities

Author: Lauren Heywood   5th March 2018
 

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

 

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

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: http://virtuallyconnecting.org/about/

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.

 

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

Tuesday April 3rd at 11.00 UK (UCT+1) / 12.00 Egypt (UCT+2)
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

https://mahabali.me/edcontexts/contexts-matter/international-something-why-you-should-care-digped/

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

Wednesday April 11th at  13.00 UK (UCT+1) / 14.00 Egypt (UCT+2)
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

 

 

 

 

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