Academics who are doing doctoral supervision at any African university are welcome to book slots for webinars on the platform with their students. Postgraduate students and lecturers from any university are then welcome to register and participate.
Each webinar will be led by the academic/s who booked it, and will typically have three components of one or two hours each:
- A presentation by a panel in which the academic/s concerned and other experts whom they have invited will discuss issues of relevance in the particular field, and lead a discussion with the doctoral students who have registered for that webinar;
- A research discussion in which the students and the supervisors will discuss pre-selected texts (optional);
- An opportunity for peer review where students will present chapters from their theses for discussion with their supervisors and the other students (optional).
Approaches that characterize the platform
- Academics who wish to lead a webinar must apply well in advance (typically a month) before the event, and indicate the topic; the number of students registered with them who will participate; who else have they will invite to participate in the panel; and the texts they wish to prescribe for the research discussion.
- The webinar will then be advertised on the website, and students and supervisors from other universities can register. The number of those from other universities who can register will be limited to 15.
- All students who register will be expected to participate (speak) in at least the research discussion and the peer review session.
- Academics who lead the seminars are encouraged to include leading researchers and practitioners from the continent and abroad in the panels that they set up.