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ICEL Biographies

Below are the ICEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Louis Fourie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Technology Services at Cape Peninsula University (CPUT), Cape Town South Africa. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991. In 1999 he completed his MBA degree (cum laude) at the Potchefstroom University where he received the Old Mutual Gold Medal for exceptional achievement and the best MBA student. He also received recommendations for the best dissertation in information technology. Louis has been involved in various research projects regarding human-machine cognition; e-learning, social networking, mobile apps, cyberlaw; and bridging the digital divide. His consultation work spans various industries and disciplines and he frequently presents papers at national and international conferences, features weekly on national radio regarding the Internet, and has published several papers in academic journals and books. In 2009 he was rewarded as the CSSA Western Cape ICT person of the year for his contribution to the ICT industry.

Dr Eunice Ndeto Ivala is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Technology Unit at CIET, CPUT. Her research focus is in ICT–mediated teaching and learning in developing contexts. She has published/co-published over 60 research papers and co-edited/edited one conference proceedings and one book. Recently, she was a team member in an international digital storytelling project dealing with foreign youth experiences abroad, which was supported by the European Union, and a team leader of the ICT curriculum appraisal of the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) and she is a team member in a NRF- British Council Workshop Links project on widening access, success and employability, a collaboration between CPUT and University of East London, UK. She holds a BEd Honours degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; a MEd degree in Computer- based Education from University of Natal, Durban; and a PhD in Culture, Communication and Media Studies from University of KwaZulu Natal.

Executive Committee

Jonathan Aspeling is the Academy Manager for the Wholesale and Retail Leadership Chair Retail Academy which is a joint venture between the W&RSETA and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), this is the first of its kind in Africa. Jonathan completed his master’s degree in business management in 1994 and Law degree in 2000. He is currently a doctoral candidate. Mr. Aspeling has 20 years practical experience in the financial services sector with a wide range of companies and institutions. He has recently implemented a number of E learning initiatives as part of the Retail Department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) drive to enhance its blended learning offering to retail students. Jonathan was one of the core team members that have recently developed and E learning enabled the Retail Store Manager (RSM) occupational qualification which is a game changing initiative of the W&RSETA to address the critical scarce skill of retail manager.

Moses Basitere is a Lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department. He is currently lecturing Mathematics and Physics at the Extended Curriculum Program. His research focus area is in treatment of industrial wastewater and he is also involved in engineering educational research in promoting the use of emerging technology in teaching and learning in higher education.

Daniela Gachago is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Innovative Educational Technology at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her research interests lie in the potential of emerging technologies to transform teaching and learning in higher education. Current research projects focus on the ethics of blended and open learning in contexts of inequality and multimodal pedagogies such as digital storytelling as decolonial classroom practices. She completed a PhD at the UCT School of Education where she explored the role of emotions in transforming students’ engagement across difference and a Master in Adult Education at the University of Botswana.

Izak Smit is an educator, e-learning specialist and educational technology administrator at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. He joined higher education in 1982 and taught structural engineering and later construction and project management. He is also actively involved with the Teaching, Learning and Technology committee of the South African Technology Network (SATN), a body representing all the Universities of Technology in South Africa and the Namibian University of Science and Technology in Namibia. He presented many papers on national and international conferences on the use of educational technology and learner analytics.

Keynote Speakers