October was another complicated month with some countries entering again in lockdown and many others following those measures at the beginning of November. 

The challenges 2020 has brought to all of us are enormous and more then ever is important to keep a close connection with our family, friends and colleagues. Maybe is not possible to have a physical connection, but we can keep a close (virtual) connection. We need each other more then ever. 

In the Onlaah project, we have been connecting with our teachers by interviewing them to our Podcast! So we have new episodes to share with you!

Episode 4 with Décio Muianga, from Eduardo Mundlane University, in Mozambique. Décio is our teacher in the MOOC presenting, together with Jörg Linstädter, the Changalane Case Study, and is also one of the presenters in the indoor videos.

Episode 5 with João Cascalheira, from the ICArEHB research Center at the Algarve University, in Portugal. João is our teacher on the class on Archaeological Prospection and the creator of the apps “Archeo Survey” and “Lithics on the Go”.

And finally, Episode 6, with Johanna Sigl, from the German Archaeological Institute. Johanna is an Egyptologist and archaeozoologist and is giving the “Introduction to Archaeology” in our MOOC.

Décio, João and Johanna are part of the outstanding and generous team of teachers bringing our MOOC to live.

Course development and partnerships

Regarding our course, we have been busy organizing more classes and start learning about the software we will be using to record the indoor videos: it’s called OBS Studio and will permit to record remotely with the UAB-Coursera team. 

We are also working on a new partnership with The Archaeological Institute of America and looking for more collaboration with African Institutions and Universities.

Whit this objective in mind, on the 28th of October, we attended a meeting to established new contacts with colleagues from Namibia. We were invited by our partners from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) to participate on the Virtual Namibia Partners’ Day with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

On the 18th of November we will be at the same event with colleagues from Botswana.

So, don’t forget, listen and subscribe to the Onlaah podcast and spread the word! Subscribe also to our newsletter at www.onlaah.com and follow us in Facebook and Instagram.

More then ever, let’s stay connected!