Conference programme

Monday 6 December 2021 (Times are in UTC+2/CAT/South African time)


Welcoming: Jako Olivier

Introduction of the keynote speaker: Vandanah Gooria


Keynote address - Shifting to e-learning successfully

Dr Kaviraj Sharma Sukon, Open University of Mauritius, Mauritius



Main room

(Chair: Jako Olivier)

Breakout room

(Chair: Pauline Ngimwa)


Blended Learning: Is it the future model of Education

John Stevenson Patra

Curbing exclusion: The experiences of students with visual impairments and their lecturers on distance and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia

Mirjam Sheyapo and Isobel Green


Socio-cultural Context of Learners’ Identity Construction in Online and Distance Education: A Case from Nepal

Lina Gurung

The technical support needs of distance students to participate in Open and Distance Learning online courses at the Centre of Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL)

Aletta Mweneni Hautemo and Mildred Besser


The psychological impacts of digital Learning on Student Performance – An exploratory approach

Doorgeshee Dabeesingh and Dr Jayraj Roodurmun

Virtual resources for teaching learning: Boon for Indian education system

Amit Gautam and Anshula Dua


Comparative Analysis of Nigerian University Teachers’ Experiences of Blended and Online Teaching During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Felix Olakulehin

Mobile Technologies for M-learning as a Solution to Mitigate the Challenges of the Online Learning in Ghana Post Covid-19

Michael Agyemang Adarkwah


An Investigative Study of Opinion Mining about e-learning and Transformation Driven by COVID-19

Shubham Dubey

Hybrid learning for sustainable futures of education: Environmental, Technological, Social and Economic

Nicolene du Preez and Peter Philips


Using Community of Practice theories to understand the perspectives of e-tutors and lecturers in student support at the University of South Africa

Sizakele Danke, Patrick Ngulube, Themba Ralph Mkhize and Nkosinathi Masela

An Analysis of the Impact of Covid-19 Emergency Remote Learning on First-Year LLB Student Success Rates

Sharna-Lee Clarke and Fiona Kaplan



Main room

(Chair: Jako Olivier)

Breakout room

(Chair: Gabriel Konayuma)


e-Assessment for Multimodal Learning

Muyiwa Akintola and Felix Olakulehin

An Investigation into an an Information Communications Technology based Chinese Studies Curriculum Design and planning for School Certificate (Technical) Upper Secondary Schools in Mauritius

Soobeeraj Parmessa


Online group supervision as pedagogy under emergency conditions: optimising online collaboration towards self-directed learning in a South African HEI

Brenda van Wyk and Quraisha Dawood

Compounding the effects of 4G and COVID-19 on adoption and use of online-banking: A perspective

Victor Katoma and Cosmas Mwanza


Role of Supervisory Management Styles in Shaping the Supervision Experiences of Doctoral Students

Tooba Saleem

Assessment of Digitalised Learning and Teaching to Senior High School in Pampanga, Philippines

Jennifer Operio


Overcoming Gender Imbalance in ICT-related jobs

Takesh Luckho, Perienen Appavoo, Rubeena Doomun, Preetamsingh Dookhun, Yudhansing Boodhun and Teenah Jutton

Enhancing Learning Experiences from OER Initiatives: Lessons from Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

D. Raja Jebasingh Jebasingh


Student Plagiarism in Online/Distance Higher Education

Booysen Sabeho Tubulingane

Evaluation of Digital Educational Initiative during the Covid-19 Pandemic using Concern Based Adoption Model

Divya Chandrasenan, Seenathmol N and Jayapraveen Jayachandran


Using e-portfolios for active student engagement in ODeL environment during and post the Covid-19 pandemic

Patience Mudau and Mphoentle Modise

Face-to-Face Versus Remote Learning Student Behaviour Analysis through Educational Data Mining

Martha Mosha


Learning behind a screen during Covid-19 pandemic!!! Students’ experiences at the Open University of Mauritius

Abheenaye Chauhan Gokhool, Vandanah Gooria, Upasna Bhunjun and Rajesh Gunesh

Using Academic e-portfolio in Secondary Schools-evaluating the readiness of educators and willingness of learners in Mauritius.

Ritesh Rao Poliah


Introduction of the keynote speaker: Amit Dhakulkar


Keynote address - Open education in a digital era: the COL experience

Prof. Asha S. Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning



The value of multimodal learning tools to engage learners while working online

Karen Walstra

Tuesday 7 December 2021 (Times are in UTC+2/CAT/South African time)


Welcoming: Jako Olivier

Introduction of the keynote speaker: Karen Ferreira-Meyers


Keynote address - Accelerating digitality to consolidate the African intellectual program in times of crises

Prof. Moeketsi Letseka, UNISA, South Africa



Main room

(Chair: Jako Olivier)

Breakout room

(Chair: Amit Dhakulkar)


Distance, Blended and Online Natural Sciences Teacher Professional Development

Kathryn Kure, Nomvuyo Mgoqi, Sofiah Essop, Patisizwe Mahlabela and Henré Benson

Reinventing a medical elective rotation in a pandemic

Astrid Turner, Irene Lubbe and Walther Ross


A study of MOOC's learners learning expectations, learning engagement and satisfaction

Mahesh Koltame

Lecturers’ recommendations on learning management system training and support to improve the implementation of blended learning in a higher education institution

Jackalyn Appalsami


Self-directed learning: The rule of a new learning paradigm

Vandanah Gooria, Perienen Appavoo, Abheenaye Chauhan Gokhool and Upasna Bhunjun

Sharing professional place based teaching experiences: podcasting for open teacher professional development

Peter Philips and Nicolene Du Preez


Transdisciplinary Competencies and Values through Open Pedagogy – Lessons learnt.

Sandhya Gunness and Isabel Tarling

Assessing online learning student experiences of first year students in the Department of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Namibia

Helena Naitsuwe Amadhila


Conceptualisation of OERs by lecturers at selected South African universities.

Justinus Setshedi and Micheal Van Wyk

The students’ perspectives on peer assessment as tools for emotional and academic support during remote online teaching and learning

Julia Ndapandula Indongo


Educators’ beliefs, perceptions and practices regarding open education resources and assessment models

Isabel Tarling and Sandhya Gunness

Assessment of e-addiction and online learning deception among students at higher education institutions in Namibia

Sadrag Panduleni Shihomeka

Main room

(Chair: Sandhya Gunness)

Breakout room

(Chair: Karen Ferreira-Meyers)


Reflective Teaching and learners’ performance: The case of a selected region in Namibia.

Enock Simasiku

Make Learning Enjoyable by Gamifying Blended Learning Courses in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Janaka Jayalath and Vatcharaporn Esichaikul


How can you use open educational resources (OER) to design alternative assessment in engineering courses

Eliana Elkhoury and Amir Hamedzadeh

[Withdrawn] The influence of distance and online learning during COVID-19 lockdown on student-lecturer interaction in Namibia

Mirjam Sheyapo, Laimi Iyambo, Faustina Neshila and Klementine Kapikara


A review of OER research in Southern Africa

Amit Dhakulkar and Jako Olivier

Flipped classroom approach in the digital post-covid era: An EFL blended learning scenario that promotes healthy eating habits.

Athanasia Kakali


The fellowship of the OER ring: How to tackle the dark lord of copyright

Jako Olivier, Byron Bunt and Amit Dhakulkar

The Relationship between Online Professional Learning Communities and online presence

Vusi Maseko


A Qualitative Analysis of Challenges to Open Distance Learning in Gabon

Jean-Louis Ndoutoume Mendene and Hugues Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza

Introducing a hybrid science learning model in local communities through inquiry and self-directed learning

Suta I Wayan Suta Wibawa and Nicolene Du Preez


How to Create Commons: An overview of assorted libre creation tools

Amit Dhakulkar and Jako Olivier

Puzzle based learning for an online Teaching and Learning environment

Kathryn Malherbe


Introduction of the keynote speaker: Sandhya Gunness


Keynote address - Compassionate Open Education with Intentionally Equitable Hospitality

Prof. Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt


Questions and closing



The Open Science Framework as a Pathway to Improved Teacher Education

Amit Dhakulkar and Karen Ferreira-Meyers