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

Wallace Chigona is a Professor in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research focuses on the use of ICTs for human development and ICT policy. He has researched on the use and impact of ICTs amongst the disadvantaged communities in different African Countries. Prof Chigona is currently on the editorial boards of Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) as well as on the African Journal of Information Systems. Prof Chigona is rated as an Established Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). He has collaborated on research projects with international scholars from Tanzania, Malawi, United Kingdom, Switzerland and other South African universities. Prof Chigona is currently a member of (i) UNESCO/Netexplo Advisory Board; (ii) the Communication Policy Research for Global South.


Dr Johannes Cronjé is the Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He was born in Davenport Iowa in 1959 when his parents were there doing more than just studying.  At the age of eight months he persuaded his parents to return to South Africa where he attended an die Laerskool Anton van Wouw and then Pretoria Boys High School where he matriculated in 1976. Following this he enrolled at the University of Pretoria where he obtained the BA majoring in Afrikaans, English and Anthropology, the BA honours as well as a Teachers' diploma before reporting for military service at the Infantry School, Oudtshoorn.  During his second year of national service he completed an MA in Afrikaans literature while serving on the Angolan border.  He then taught English and Afrikaans at Pretoria Boys High until 1986 when he was appointed lecturer in Language Communication at Technikon Pretoria. He obtained a Doctorate in Afrikaans Literature in 1990 and then a Masters Degree in Computer-Assisted Education from the University of Pretoria. From 1994 to 2007 he was a professor of computers in education with the University of Pretoria. He has also been visiting professor at Sudan University of Science and Technology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Joensuu, Finland, and the University of Bergen, Norway, The Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, The University of Namibia and the University of the Free State, South Africa. He has supervised or co-supervised 72 Masters and 55 Doctoral students and published more than 42 research papers.


Prof Susan Geertshuis is the Director of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Lifelong Learning at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. Previously she held positions of Professor of Organisational Studies, Director of the Centre for Learning and Innovation and Director of the Centre for Learning Research across a number of universities in the UK. She has led national and international research in the field of post compulsory education and corporate learning, attracting over $10,000,000 in funding. She is currently Director of the Maori and Indigenous Business Programme. Susan is a principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She holds a PhD in computer-assisted learning and has taught and supervised in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) in education since 1994, first at the University of Pretoria, then at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and now at UCT. She teaches online learning design and research design on the Educational Technology postgraduate programme and is the Co-ordinator of the Mellon-funded scholarships for this programme. She supervises PhD and Masters students and is a supervisor for the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). Her particular research interests include online learning design, electronic portfolios and the adoption and impact of open educational resources (OER). She is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded Research on OER in the Global South (ROER4D) project. This project includes 18 sub-projects in three regions, South America, Sub-Saharan African and South and Southeast Asia and comprises over a 100 researchers and research associates.

Paul Prinsloo is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa (Unisa). His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies. Paul is an established researcher and has published numerous articles in the fields of teaching and learning, student success in distance education contexts, learning analytics, and curriculum development. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identity. Paul was born curious and in trouble. Nothing has changed since then. He blogs at and his Twitter alias is @14prinsp

Mini Track Chairs


Dr Panagiotis Fotaris is Senior Lecturer in Web and Mobile Development at the University of Brighton. He is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously held positions at the University of East London, University of West London, King’s College London, and University of Macedonia. Panagiotis’s current research interests focus on the integration of technology in teaching and learning, particularly in the use and pedagogic potential of virtual/augmented environments, games, social media, and infographics in the context of computing and design education.

Liza Hitge

Liza Hitge is an Independent Educational Consultant with an interdisciplinary design background. She has a Masters degree in media management and educational technology and experience working with schools, higher education institutions and non-profits. Her consulting services include learning design, online product development, driving student engagement and coaching design-mindedness. She enjoys the risks and messiness of designing, piloting and scaling new programmes. Liza sometimes spends weekends teaching chatbots to pun.

Jolanda Morkel

Jolanda Morkel is passionate about all things design: environments, experiences and artefacts. She’s a registered architect and senior lecturer in the Department of Architectural Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa, where she teaches design in the undergraduate architecture studio, offered through a university-industry collaboration with OpenArchitecture. Her focus is on the design and facilitation of flexible and blended learning environments for culturally diverse and non-traditional students and technology-mediated learning experiences including simulated tutor apps, QR codes and digital storytelling.

Brenda Ravenscroft

Brenda Ravenscroft, PhD, is the Dean of the Schulich School of Music and Professor of Music Theory at McGill University. Her research includes the development of blended and fully online versions of large classroom courses to enhance student engagement in disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


Roxanne Ward Zaghab, MSW, DM, CKM, a certified Knowledge Management professional, is a leader and innovator in online adult education for practitioners. In addition to serving as the director of the Knowledge Enterprise at the University of Maryland School Of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, Dr. Zaghab publishes on the topics of learner-centric engagement and the evaluation of these educational strategies.  Her passion is the human-technology interface including knowledge transfer in resource-constrained settings. As associate professor at the University of Maryland University College, Dr. Zaghab created online curricula in knowledge management and healthcare management. Over the past 20 years, she has served in senior administrative leadership positions in the University System of Maryland and has served as peer reviewer for ten journals and professional organizations. She is an experienced facilitator in live and online strategic planning sessions.


Ulemu Luhanga, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Education Researcher, Office of Graduate Medical Education at Emory University School of Medicine. She researches and develops ways of support and improve assessment, evaluation, and scholarship practices in professional education programs.

Izak van Zyl

Izak van Zyl is an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Izak has an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Communication Science from the University of Italian Switzerland. Izak’s primary research interests include the anthropology of technology and media, and computers in education. Methodologically, he is interested in digital ethnographic and meta-analytic approaches.

Workshop Facilitators


Tiffany Baffour, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.S. has eighteen years of experience with administrative capacity-building, and teaching in higher education to support curriculum development of face-to-face, online and hybrid courses. Baffour is the inaugural Director of the Master of Social Work Program at The University of North Florida.


Laura Cruz (Ph.D., UC Berkeley 2001) served as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at both Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina University. She has held multiple leadership positions in the field of educational development, including a term as editor of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development. Her publications and invited presentations include work in her first discipline (history) as well as the areas of instructional design, educational development, educational technology, organizational change in higher education, graduate student development, innovative pedagogy, and online teaching.


Michele Parker is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership.  Her Ph.D. is in Educational Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia. She has taught online courses for a decade. After serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Wilmington she became involved in educational development activities abroad, including Belize, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. Given this work, she has co-written articles, presented at conferences, and led faculty development workshops.