This activity addresses the challenges of e-learning approaches for West African users. The design-thinking approach is used to evaluate educational concepts and e-learning solutions. We want to develop solutions in co-design workshops and test these in pilot projects. We aim using existing software and hardware solutions that can incorporate the design and functionalities developed. Studentens und lectureres from different academic institutions of West Africa analyze the challenges of e-learning and ideate solutions, while working in a transcultural and translingual setting.
The Network NEWAL is organising and funding these activities.
Approach of workhops with students and lecturers:
Step 1: E-Learning Workshops for University Students and Lecturers
These workshops include a creative process, where participants jointly define problems, ideate possible solutions, and prototype the best ideas. Design-thinking is a process that promotes teamwork towards a common goal, thinking differently and coming up with creative and innovative solutions. The participants are potential future users of e-learning tools, i.e. researchers, lecturers, and students from West African institutions. The goal will be to outline e-learning tools (software and hardware) that address the needs of the West African partner institutions that can be used in the given technological environment (e.g. limited/unreliable internet access). Central themes are the didactic and methodological use of e-learning tools and their application in online teaching.
Read more about the implemented Online Teaching/Learning Workshops for Lecturers or University Students.
Step 2: Pilot test of e-learning solutions
We use existing software and hardware solutions that can incorporate the design and functionalities developed in the design-thinking workshops (Step 1). During a pilot phase the actual usage and functionality of the developed e-learning solutions are assessed. If successful, these e-learning solutions will serve as a basis for the formalization of e-learning collaboration within the CLOC West Africa network.