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NOMSA21 Open Up and Connect: Education in a Digital Era

Online conference: 6-7 December 2021
The conference is sponsored and co-hosted by the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources

Scope & Objectives

The Network of OER and Multimodal Self-Directed Learning in Southern Africa (NOMSA) ( would like to invite proposals for conference presentations at the upcoming Open Up and Connect 21: Education in a Digital Era conference. With the increase in the use of technology in education and specifically in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic the realities of access to enabling technologies and online learning have been emphasised. This conference welcomes papers based on empirical research as well as conceptual papers with a specific focus on open education and/or the wider field of digital and online education. Visit the conference website for additional information and announcements.

Important dates

30 April 2021: First call for submission of abstracts
31 July 2021: Deadline for submissions of abstracts
31 August 2021: Feedback on the abstracts
6-7 December 2021: Conference
15 December 2021: Submission of full papers for published proceedings

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Asha S. Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning
  • Prof. Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Prof. Moeketsi Letseka, UNISA, South Africa
  • Dr Kaviraj Sharma Sukon, Open University of Mauritius, Mauritius

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