→The eLearning Africa Debate

The annual eLearning Africa Debate was first introduced in 2009 and has become the most popular session of the whole conference. It is a highly spirited, provocative, yet good humoured parliamentary-style Plenary session on a relevant and topical theme, which allows for a lively exchange of views as it brings two opposing sides to the stage. The format gives all four speakers the chance to make short, informal opening speeches of about 10 minutes in length and one particular feature of the Debate is that during these speeches “interventions” are allowed (during someone else's speech you may comment on their arguments). After about 50 minutes the chairperson throws the Debate open to the floor for questions, comments and contributions from the audience. And after about 90 minutes a vote is taken by a show of hands.

This House Believes that AI Will Do More Harm than Good to Education in Africa

Artificial Intelligence is driving change across the world. It is today's leading technological phenomenon. It has taken hold of industrial sectors and economies. It is changing the way we work, live, think and learn. But is it good for African education? What does it mean for African students and teachers? For Schools and universities? What are likely to be the consequences, for good or ill, for African learning? Are the undoubted benefits in skills transfer, content creation and personalised learning worth the price Africans may soon have to pay for AI with less privacy, security and freedom?

Join us for another fascinating and lively eLearning Africa Debate about one of the great issues of today.

Francisca Oladipo

Thomas Adewumi University, Nigeria

Hon. Michael Onyango

Distributed Ledgers & Artificial Intelligence TaskForce, Government of Kenya, Kenya

Donald Clark

WildFire Learning, UK

Mark West

UNESCO, France

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