On Friday, Watrall, Timbs, and Hawthorne joined Carla Martin and John Mugane (Harvard) in a roundtable about cultural mapping, digital pedagogy, online multimedia repositories and databases. The presentations sparked a vigorous discussion with the audience about the significant opportunities and not insignificant challenges of working with IT tools, open access and open sources approaches, international partnerships, best practices, research ethics, and the digital divide.
The following day, Laura Seay (Colby College), Alegi, and Rehberger participated in a roundtable focused on merging professional and personal online identities. The wide-ranging dialogue with the audience pivoted around our experiences with, and challenges, and opportunities of, integrating social media (e.g. Twitter, Tmblr, Facebook), blogs, podcasts and other digital media in Africa research, teaching, and public engagement.