The initiative to salvage the remaining 2020 academic calendar is commendable; however, it should not be done for recognition, approval or to be applauded, rather it should enhance achieving the purpose. It is common knowledge that closure of schools is not caused by institutions or students; but starting a teaching mode which is not inclusive is failure by institutional leadership. On the other hand, its poor leadership for universities to remain idle while waiting for government instructions about the next course of action.
The AAU and its partners are piloting a virtual capacity building of the Moodle LMS for 170 academic staff of Lupane State University based in Zimbabwe. The open content being used for the Virtual Moodle Training for all academic staff at Lupane State University was developed as part of the EdTech-UEM project for academic staff capacity building. The content was developed by Eduardo Mondlane University and the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) - and funded by Sida. e/merge Africa, which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation is a partner in the adaptation of the EdTech-UEM workshop resources.
Stakeholders of African Higher Education are invited to join the Education Collaborative virtual conference as we share context-specific successful university strategies, administration, teaching and learning approaches in this COVID -19 period; obtain insight on ways to capitalize on our innovations to create a “new normal” for institutions in the near future for the transformation of the African continent. This will be a one-day virtual conference on zoom - with a live broadcast on Facebook, AAU TV, and YouTube.