Online learning – Not everyone is on board
23 April 2020  Issue No: 266
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOAfrica is still being viewed through a colonial prism with an emphasis on the continent’s vulnerability rather than its capacity to contribute to concerted global efforts to defeat the coronavirus.
The adoption of e-learning as an innovative means to continue teaching and learning during the national lockdowns affecting many African countries has been rejected by a number of student organisations, which argue it is unaffordable, impractical and elitist.
As the first term of online teaching starts this week, staff of South Africa’s Stellenbosch University reflect on its careful preparations for a fully online delivery mode and the need to address unforeseen challenges with resilience, creativity and empathy for the stress felt by both staff and students.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOAfrica’s leading universities are stepping up to the plate, assisting governments through research to contain the pandemic, and finding other channels through which to deliver on their mandates.
Africa News
PHOTOAfrican students in India are the subject of racial profiling and are being blamed for spreading the coronavirus. It is so bad that most of them are unable to go out and shop for essential supplies.
AAP – Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic
PHOTOA new six-part dialogue series offered by the Alliance for African Partnership or AAP kicks off on 29 April with a discussion on “COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses and lessons learnt from African universities”. The series will be moderated by Professor Paul Zeleza, vice-chancellor of the United States International University-Africa. As a media partner to the series, University World News – Africa will be bringing our readers insightful and analytical reports based on the webinars.
Africa Features
PHOTOProfessor Rhoda Wanyenze was stepping out her office at Uganda’s Makerere University in March when a news item on the television caught her attention: more people had died of the novel coronavirus in China and Italy, and authorities were saying the pandemic was quickly making its way to Africa.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe COVID-19 crisis will serve as a wake-up call to reassess the vulnerabilities of the higher education sector to disruption and the challenges of living in a global and interdependent world and will underline the importance of contingency planning and risk management.
World Blog
PHOTOAfter the coronavirus pandemic is over, higher education teachers should resort to hybrid teaching – combining online and offline or traditional in-class teaching – so that they and their students will become more familiar with online teaching and be better prepared for future emergencies.
Global Features
PHOTOSome 40% of potential international students are considering changing their study abroad plans, up from 31% three weeks ago, as more countries introduce tighter lockdowns to tackle the spread and rising death toll from the coronavirus, a new survey by Studyportals shows.
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