Just a quick post to mention that my colleague Professor Joel Mtebe from the University of Dar es Salaam will be presenting at the Centre for Research in Digital Education on 19 May. The presentation Digital teaching and learning at the University of Dar es Salaam before and during the ongoing CoVID-19 pandemic: institutional memory, divides, opportunities, and future directions for HE. All are welcome to attend.

The seminar will be broken into separate yet interrelated themes:

  • Past experience at UDSM with digital education, investments and capacity building in ICT, and relevant projects such as Halostudy, a project aimed at improved subject content knowledge of teachers in secondary schools in Tanzania, all of which were drawn on in response to Covid
  • How that past experience informed the Covid present, particularly around:
    • What it revealed about digital divides within and outwith the UDSM community
    • public private engagements with mobile telecoms to potentially alleviate some of these divides through zero-rated access to UDSM digital education
  • Future directions for UDSM and for Tanzanian higher education overall based on these experiences.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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