People interacting at a face-to-face workshop

Pivoting to remote support for transforming higher education: what we have learnt

Tabitha Buchner and Josie Dryden reflect on feedback and lessons learnt from an online course to support higher education transformation in East Africa – and look ahead to how these lessons are feeding into future developments.

Strengthening critical thinking skills through different online learning approaches

With a wealth of conflicting ideas and opinions available online about many of the pressing issues facing the world today, skills to appraise information sources and recognise biases in interpreting evidence are so important. Siân Harris discusses two online approaches that INASP has been offering this year to help researchers develop their critical thinking skills.

Students at Uganda Martyrs University.

How to make university classes more gender responsive

If changes to higher education are to achieve their objectives fully they need to be inclusive of all students. Mai Skovgaard shares what some university teaching staff in Tanzania and Uganda are doing to make their classes more gender responsive.

Coffee plant.

How social entrepreneurs are contributing to higher-education change in East Africa

A key component of ensuring students leave university with appropriate skills for employment when they graduate is fostering links with employers. Vincent Otieno Odhiambo, Regional Director of Ashoka East Africa in Kenya, shares some examples of how social entrepreneurs are providing that link in supporting the Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) partnership.

Adapting for sustainability: taking training of trainers online to continue higher education support

At the mid-point in what should have been a face-to-face workshop to strengthen future facilitators and mentors of course redesign in East African universities, Tabitha Buchner and Josie Dryden share how this work has been adapted for an online environment.

Group work during a face-to-face training of trainers workshop.

Adapting to continue higher education support amidst a pandemic

Work to support pedagogy changes in higher education faces challenges when the universities themselves are closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mai Skovgaard and Tabitha Buchner describe how upcoming work within the TESCEA partnership is being adapted for a technology-led environment.

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