The African Roundtable (ART) 2018

The Africa Education Leadership Roundtable, 2018 serve to enhance collaboration in research and development in the areas of education leadership and management. Participants are drawn from universities and training institutions on the African continent, as well as from global partners. The Roundtable theme was Education Leadership and Management in Africa: Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At this meeting, regional and global partners had a chance to discuss current the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its likely impact on Education Leadership & Management in Africa from the perspective of research needs, the latest research trends, and future directions.

I was asked to present to the topic: “The Teacher as Designer of Learning” on day two of the programme. I chose to speak to an outcome-based approach to teaching and learning and presented some cutting-edge technologies that can be used to teach effectively. The outcomes of the meeting was to develop an agenda for research in the domains of leadership and management and the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for its impact on the African continent and in the region; to enhanced personal and professional relationships that can form the foundation for future research and development collaboration; and to strengthened linkages between researchers and practitioners, especially focusing on education improvement issues in Africa. – 2 October 2018

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EMASA 2018

The Education Management Association of South Africa (EMASA) is an excellent platform influence teaching and learning activities in South Africa. I presented on using Machine Learning to inform management and development of teaching and learning practice. My talk attempted to make sophisticated machine learning technologies accessible to education researchers to perform prediction on their data.

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SCI-BONO Discovery Centre

The SCI-BONO Discovery Center is located at the historic Electric Workshop in the cultural precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg. The Centre attempts to provide support to learners for mathematics, science, and technology education. I was asked to speak at this venue to highlight some of the challenges by address four questions: What do learners struggle with most in mathematics? What approaches can we use to teach mathematics? How can we motivate the study of mathematics? and What can we do to provide more support to mathematics learners?

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Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) 2017-2018

It is always a privilege for me to participate in the  Targetting Talent Programme (TTP). Launched in 2007, the TTP has expanded and reached 2188 learners from across the country. – 4 July 2018

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The Deep Learning Indaba

The Deep Learning Indaba is a machine learning and artificial intelligence conference. The goal of the conference was to give learners the opportunity to learn from African researchers and pioneers; opportunities for one-to-one time with experts; and to learn the basic or advanced topics of machine learning. I was asked to speak at the conference about the benefits of using Bayesian approaches over deep approaches as well as present a tutorial on Bayesian learning (representation, inference, and learning).  The conference was held at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Other speakers included:  Prof. Bruce Bassett, and Prof. Tim Gebbie. There were over 400 attendees! The lectures are available on the website. It was also great to catch-up with my academic professor and friend Tim who took me for a tour around UCT. – 7 April 2018

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The Science SPAZA

Abdul and I were asked to explain machine learning to grade 9-10 learners in rural areas through a publication called the Science SPAZA worksheet. More information about the science SPAZA worksheet can be found at http://www.sciencespaza.org/. This was a particularly difficult since even some undergraduate students still have trouble understanding machine learning concepts. We decided to integrate music (into the worksheet) since music is accessible almost anywhere.  We were left with the problem of showcasing a machine learning tool which the students could identify with and perform some inference on, so naturally we chose a support vector machine. You can download the worksheet below. There is a minor profile of me at the end of the worksheet. – 3 March 2018

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Bayesian Summer School, Betty’s Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

The Bayesian summer school is part of the Chis Engelbrecht Summer School in Theoretical Physics. The summer school focused on modelling problems and performing inference using Bayesian principals. The summer school welcomed esteemed academics like John Skilling, the author of   Bayesian nested sampling (A technique used to estimate how the log-likelihood function relates to prior mass); Udo von Toussaint  a world renowned expert in Bayesian inference; model complexity reduction; and chaos expansion; and real-time analysis; and Kevin H. Knuth who demonstrated to us a new way of modelling relationships between objects using influence from which you can derive the fundamental laws of physics. I also presented at the summer school on Bayesian Structure Learning and performing inference on graphical models.  – 27 January 2018

 

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Curriculum Planning: Science Mathematical Science

The ‘Wits University OFFICIAL’ channel strives to deliver information to inform our applicants about the opportunities that our courses can provide them for the future. This includes helping applicants understand more about the programme that they have chosen as well as how to go about selecting their courses. I was asked to be an academic advisor who would explain and demonstrate how to selected courses offered by the mathematical sciences, since knowing which courses to choose is required at registration. A link to the video can be found here 4 September 2016

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