The African Virtual University (AVU) held its 2nd International Conference from July 2nd to the 3rd 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya at Crowne Plaza.
The 2nd International AVU conference brought together researchers, policymakers,and practitioners seeking to make sense of the challenges and explore emergingopportunities afforded by ICTs and open, distance, and e-learning (ODeL) inaddressing issues of access, equity, and quality of higher education and training in Africa.
The conference was expected to bring together over 100 participants from across Africa and beyond to discuss opportunities and challenges of integrating eLearning and Open Education to increase access to quality education and training.
The theme this year was “Linking Open Education and eLearning Research to Practice” with a focus on MOOCs, OERs, and Mobile Learning. Speakers at the 2015 conference included the AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo; Pr Peck Cho (Center for Teaching and Learning, Dongguk University, Korea); Pr Cheryl Hodgkinson- Williams (Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape.
Town, South Africa); Larry Cooperman (Member of Open Education Consortium, Associate Dean at University of California, Irvine, USA), Sophie Touze (Board member of the Open Education Consortium, France), Stavros Panagiotis Xantthopoylos ( Board member of Open Education Consortium, Vice Dean, Executive Educational Unit at Fundacao Getulio Vargas).
The first conference was held in 2013. The participants came mainly from the AVU network of Partner Institutions in more than 30 African countries from other African institutions, and from institutions in Europe, Asia, and America. Some of the speakers from the 2013 conference included: the AVU Rector; Ms. Fenny W. S. Mwakisha, the Director of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, Kenya; Dr Beatrice Njenga from the African Union Commission (AUC); Daphne Koller, a Stanford University Professor of Computer Science and a co-Founder and co-CEO of Coursera; and Professor Chiedu Mafiana of the Nigerian University Commission. The AVU advisory committee, made up of deputy-vice chancellors (DVCs), academics, and national coordinators from member country ministries of education were also part of the conference, as well as AVU strategic partners.