Saide Current Awareness
17 April 2023


Distance Education

  • Engaged learning during distraction: a case study of successful working moms in distance education Source: Journal of Computing in Higher Education There is a gap in the literature describing the experience of modern working mother students in distance education. To understand this experience, the researchers interviewed and observed six academically high-achieving working mother students as they participated in their distance education courses during the pandemic. A discourse analysis approach was utilized to analyze the data. This extreme sample revealed several strategies that these students used to be successful despite their challenges. The findings suggest that understanding the experiences of distance learners as they study in the home are important for effective course design. 


Education: South Africa 




Language and Literacies




Open Education and Open Educational Resources



Post Schooling

  • Africa needs more PhDs, but they must be of high quality Source: University World News In a recent article by Maina Waruru, he reiterated the World Bank recommendation that African universities should produce as many as 100,000 PhDs over a 10-year period. These PhD holders, according to the author, are required to produce research for solving or providing insight into the development challenges plaguing the African continent.


  • Science communication can help with STEM teachers’ training Source: University World News A study on how to boost South Africa’s ailing pipeline of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) suggests the inclusion of science communication coursework in tertiary teacher training programmes.



  • Transdisciplinary approach guides masters in climate change Source: University World News Transdisciplinarity is a key component of the revised Southern African climate change and sustainable development (CCSD) masters degree programme, despite the fact that many universities in Africa are battling to offer transdisciplinary degrees due to their complex and cross-cutting nature.


Skills and Employment 

  • CTU Training Solutions acquires PropAcademy Source: IT Web CTU Training Solutions, a leading provider of technology and business education in South Africa, has announced the acquisition of PropAcademy, a leading provider of property education courses. The acquisition will bring together two highly reputable organisations in the education and property sectors and strengthen the educational offerings of both entities.



  • Green hydrogen to positively impact sector Source: Creamer Media Engineering News The development of a green hydrogen economy will impact positively on South Africa’s labour landscape as the country continues to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) while, consequently, certain jobs will become redundant, says recruitment agency Oxyon People Solutions MD Viren Sookhun.


Teaching and Learning- Local and Global

  • K-12 AI curricula A mapping of government-endorsed AI curricula Source: UNESCO The report has been produced by UNESCO’s Unit for Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education and analyses existing AI curricula with a specific focus on the curriculum content and learning outcomes, and delineates development and validation mechanisms, curriculum alignment, the preparation of learning tools and required environments, the suggested pedagogies, and the training of teachers.



  • A Brief History of AI in Education Source: Dr. Phillippa Hardman. A whistle-stop tour blog post of the history of AIED and some predictions about what the role of the educator will look like in a post-AI world


  • Technology Delivery with Donald Clark Source: Great Minds on Learning Podcast.This episode covers the theorists, inventors and entrepreneurs who pioneered technology delivery of learning, beginning in the early years of the 20th century with the mechanical teaching devices of Sidney Pressey and B. F. Skinner.


  • The Pitfalls of Output-Focused Education Source: The Future of Higher Education in this blog post the author argues that it is time for us to re-evaluate its relevance in light of the growing impact of AI.





  • 5 Ways to Differentiate Instruction Source: We grow teachers Differentiation is an important aspect of education that aims to meet the diverse needs of students in the classroom. It is the process of tailoring instruction to meet the individual learning needs and preferences of students. Differentiated instruction recognizes that learners have different readiness, interests, and learning preferences and helps teachers to adjust their instruction accordingly. 


Technology Enhanced Learning


  • Hello History An AI powered app that let’s you have life-like conversations with historical figures


  • AI literacy might be ChatGPT’s biggest lesson for schools Source: MIT Technology Review A blog post suggesting that the onset of AI tools will  not only change the way schools teach but which will  necessitate  educators to skill themselves and students to be better informed about how AI works to ensure that they protect themselves from its potential harms. 


  • Augmented Education in the Global Age Source: JET Education Services Augmented Education in the Global Age: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Learning and Work - an edited collection co-authored by Jet staff members, that explores the social impact of Artificial Intelligence over the coming decades specifically how this emerging technology will transform and disrupt our contemporary institutions.


  • Rethinking the entwinement between artificial intelligence and human learning: What capabilities do learners need for a world with AI? Source:Computers and Education: Artificial Intelligence, Vol.3, 100056.  'The proliferation of AI in many aspects of human life—from personal leisure, to collaborative professional work, to global policy decisions—poses a sharp question about how to prepare people for an interconnected, fast-changing world which is increasingly becoming saturated with technological devices and agentic machines. What kinds of capabilities do people need in a world infused with AI? How can we conceptualise these capabilities? How can we help learners develop them? How can we empirically study and assess their development?' With this open  access paper, a special issue on "Empowering Learners for the Age of AI" the authors  'open the discussion by adopting a dialogical knowledge-making approach.'


  • Can Large Language Models Provide Feedback to Students? A Case Study on ChatGPT Source: EdArXiv Preprints Educational feedback has been widely acknowledged as an effective approach to improving student learning. However, scaling effective practices can be laborious and costly, which motivated researchers to work on automated feedback systems (AFS). Inspired by the recent advancements in the pre-trained language models (e.g., ChatGPT), we posit that such models might advance the existing knowledge of textual feedback generation in AFS because of their capability to offer natural-sounding and detailed responses


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