DEASA Conference 2017


Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA) Conference 2017

Theme: The Role of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Education for Sustainable Development

DEASA is a vibrant organization that strives to become the regional powerhouse in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Its major goal is to enable members to share information, collaborate in obtaining and developing quality distance education courses in identified areas, and organize relevant professional development activities.

The mission of DEASA is to promote ODL quality delivery and its sustainable deployment in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region through the formulation of policies and frameworks to guide practice. The number of Open and Distance Learning institutions joining DEASA from both public and private has been steadily increasing.

The dimensions of policy formulation, capacity building, quality assurance, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), furtherance of human rights, entrepreneurial skills development and alignment to key sustainable development goals have been identified as the lens of the 2017 conference deliberations.

Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL)


Teachers who want to learn more about teaching with technology will find this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL), informative and engaging. Using up-to-date learning design and simple, accessible technology, the course runs on an easy-to-use learning platform available via the Internet. The course is designed for teachers who want to build on their knowledge and practice in teaching and learning with technology. It will run over five weeks and requires approximately three to five hours of time each week. Designed to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules, the course offers flexibility with options for learning the content. You will learn from readings, videos, discussions with other participants and instructors, meaningful exercises, quizzes and short assignments. Certification is available for those who wish to complete all required exercises and quizzes. Read more

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage


“The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of cultural activities, reflecting the great diversity of expressions.”

Irina Bokova
Director-General of UNESCO

Achieving SDGs: How are we doing?


On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.  Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.

See below for some of the recent activities towards achieving the 17 Goals and please comment add your comments on how much progress you think we are making thus far.


World’s Largest Lesson in 2017


World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. 17 Global Goals to achieve these 3 extraordinary things by 2030.

To celebrate the World’s Largest Lesson in 2017 UNICEF and UNESCO are asking children to think about how their food choices impact the SDGs and to pledge to make changes. From healthy eating to reducing wastage, eliminating plastic packaging, sourcing closer to home and checking on the practices of food producers, children will roll up their sleeves and dig into Goals 2, 3, 13, 14, and 15. And not forgetting a call to them to fearlessly stand up for the children that are hungry right now and need our help.

Click here to view and download free resources for 2017 that you can use in your class.

World Statistics Day


“The critical role of high-quality official statistical information in analysis and informed policy decision-making in support of sustainable development. It also reflects the importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress.”


eLearning Africa 2017


eLearning Africa 2017: LEARNING IN CONTEXT

In Africa, context is all-important. No-one can afford to ignore it. It is a vital factor in decisions affecting investment, job-creation and development.

Africa is a continent, not a single country – a fact many outsiders forget. It has 54 countries and 5 time zones. Political conditions vary and, although growth rates have been rising across Africa, individual economies differ widely in both their performance and prospects. Whilst urbanisation is taking hold, communities still cling proudly to their rural traditions and most Africans, especially women, are still employed in agriculture. Across the continent, as many as 3,000 different languages are spoken, with 500 in Nigeria alone.

So, in education and training, an understanding of context is essential. As new communication technologies extend the reach of opportunity, it is vital for educators, policy makers, partners and investors to take account of the local context and conditions.

So what are the main contextual and cultural considerations affecting the development of new opportunities through technology supported learning? How can we localise content to maximise opportunity? How should we apply or adapt technology to meet local conditions and needs?

Above all, in an Africa that is changing rapidly, how can we maintain and safeguard our connection to tradition and context?

Strengthening the capacity of teacher educators and education practitioners in the Commonwealth


The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted 18 participants from ten Commonwealth countries at a workshop designed to support building capacity of teacher educators and education practitioners in using information and communication technologies (ICTs) for improving teaching and learning. The workshop, which is part of an annual initiative between the two organisations under the Singapore Cooperation Programme, was held in Singapore from 21 to 25 August 2017.


The participants from the five countries currently participating in the COL-Notesmaster OER program include the following:

Mozambique: Luís Uamusse and Sérgio Paulo Cossa
Belize: Sheldon Samuels and Ravey Vellos
Vanuatu: Glenden ILAISA and Emmanuel Garaesivi
Zambia: Chibwe Charity Mbolela and Mwape Dyson Enos
Trinidad & Tobago: Fadwa Wadi and Murella Sambucharan

Come Join Us!


Hello and welcome to our community. Please take a couple minutes to watch our intro video below. I hope you will decide to join us.

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Teaching Sustainable Development Goals


This short course is designed for educators and all those who would like to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the Global Goals. It is intended to support the teaching of the World’s Largest Lesson and all other efforts to educate and engage children and young people so that they support the Sustainable Development Goals and want to turn their support into action.

The course supports teaching in both formal and informal learning settings.
It does not assume a given level of knowledge or experience of either the United Nations, International Development, or the Sustainable Development Goals.
It can be referred to in whole or used in parts depending on relevance
After you have completed this course will be awarded a badge and 500 points on Microsoft Educator Community.

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