About Blended Learning Resources

At the end of 2016, the #FeesMustFall protests led to mass disruption of academic activities in higher education institutions countrywide. Many institutions were forced to look towards online and blended learning approaches to complete the academic year. In most cases, these methods were unplanned and unstructured. The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded a two-year research project in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, University of the Free State, University of Cape Town and University of Johannesburg to investigate the use of blended learning at the end of 2016, during the disruption period, as well as how these respective institutions used blended learning in 2017. The lessons learned in the first phase of this project allowed these four institutions to develop a range of resources for online and blended learning. We are excited to share these as open educational resources with other higher education institutions in South Africa.

Prof Wendy Kilfoil (University of Pretoria)

Wendy Kilfoil acted as the national convener of this project while she was the Director for Education Innovation at the University of Pretoria. She coordinated the research and product development activities between the four participating universities and acted as liaison with the Carnegie foundation of New York. She was also responsible for the financial management of the project. Prof Kilfoil organised two national convening meetings where the research and products were showcased to all the South African universities.

Ms Detken Scheepers (University of Pretoria)

Detken Scheepers is the Head: E-Learning in the Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria. She acted as the project manager for UP and coordinated all the research activities and product development for this project within UP. She is also responsible for the implementation of the products in the institution.

Contact details:

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 4112

E-mail: detken.scheepers@up.ac.za

Ms Anneri Meintjes (University of the Free State)

Anneri Meintjes is a researcher in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of the Free State (UFS). Her main responsibilities include promoting the effective use of online assessment through evidence-based best practice; monitoring student and staff engagement with the institutional learning management system (Blackboard), as well as their digital identities; and investigating the optimisation of blended learning UFS.

Anneri was the lead researcher and project manager for the UFS in this project. She produced the online assessment resources on this website and was responsible for liaising with the other contributors to ensure the integration of all resources on the website.

Contact details:

Tel: +27 (0)51 401 7851

Email: meintjesa@ufs.ac.za

Prof Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town)

Laura Czerniewicz is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), at the University of Cape Town (UCT), CILT’s first director when it was formed in 2014. She has worked in education in a number of roles with a continuous focus on inequality, access and digital inequality. These have permeated her research interests, which include the changing nature of higher education in a digitally mediated society as well as student and academic technological practices.

Laura was the project manager for UCT and coordinated all the research activities and product development for this project within UCT.

Contact details:

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5036

Email: laura.czerniewicz@uct.ac.za

Prof Thea de Wet (University of Johannesburg)

Thea is the Director: Centre for Academic Technologies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She acted as the project manager for UJ and coordinated the research activities and product development for this project within UJ.

Contact details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 559 4835

Email: tdewet@uj.ac.za

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