ODL Conference

Conference Speakers

Speaker 1: Dr Karin Wolff

Research Fellow – SARChI Work-Integrated Learning Research Unit, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr Karin Wolff has been in education for over two decades, and in engineering education since 2008. She has worked as a lecturer, curriculum specialist, student learning support manager, and in staff development at four South African universities. Her doctoral research (University of Cape Town) looked at the relationship between mathematics, physics and logic in complex engineering problem solving. She is currently continuing this research across engineering sectors as a Research Fellow in the Work-Integrated Learning Research Unit (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). She is also a researcher on two international collaborative STEM academic development projects.

Speaker 2: Professor Paul Birevu Muyinda, Makerere University, Uganda

Deputy Principal, College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University, Uganda

Dr. Muyinda, is an Associate Professor of ODeL and Deputy Principal of the College of Education and External Studies at Makerere University. He is also the Ag. Director of the Institute of ODeL. From January 2015 to June 2017 and from January 2011 to December 2014, he was the Dean of the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning and Head, Department of Open and Distance Learning, respectively. Dr. Muyinda has a dream of seeing increased integration of ICTs in the pedagogical/andragogical processes of primary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities. He invests most of his academic and professional life in investigating and discovering new avenues of teaching with ICTs. He researches, teaches, practices and publishes in ICT integration in pedagogical and andragogical processes, ICT impact evaluation, e-learning, distance education; m-learning; o-learning; b-learning; OER; ICT4E, ICT4D and MOOCs.. He founded the Mobile Research Supervision Initiative (MRSI) at Makerere University; authored the Mobile Learning Object Deployment and Utilisation Framework (MoLODUF), Mobile Learning System (MLS) and over 70 scientific publications in ODeL. He has given numerous keynote addresses at international and local conferences and convened a number of workshops. Dr. Muyinda has developed policies and strategies for e-learning integration. He participated in the recent Presidential Visitation Committee to Makerere University as co-opted Blended/Online Learning Expert. Dr. Muyinda is a principal author of over five multi-million dollar projects aimed at integrating ICTs in andragogical processes at Makerere University. He has implemented a number of educational technology projects in and outside Uganda. He holds a PhD (e- & m-learning); a PGDE (ICT) and a Certificate in Online Facilitation from the University of Cape Town, PGD (E-Teaching I - The International Online Tutor Course) and E-Teaching II - E-Course Development and Implementation) from the University of Agder; a Masters in Computer Science and Application from Shanghai University, and a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University. He has attended e-learning capacity building events from Sweden and Australia.

Speaker 3: Dr Delvaline Möwes

Director: Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL), Namibia University of Science and Technology

Dr Delvaline Möwes holds a variety of academic qualifications and has a range of disciplinary interests. She holds a PhD in Distance Education from the University of Stellenbosch, with specialisation in Student Support in Open and Distance Learning (ODL); a MEd (Cum Laude) in Educational Psychology and BEd Honours from the University of Namibia; a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Johannesburg (majoring in Computer Science & Mathematics) and a Post Graduate Higher Education Diploma. She is currently the Director: Centre for Open and Lifelong Learning (COLL) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and has held this position since 2002. She began her career in ODL in 1992 at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Centre for External Studies.

Möwes has had a rich experience in distance education and has presented her research at a range of scholarly conferences, keynotes, workshops and seminars in Portugal, Malaysia, New Zealand, Germany, Cambridge, India, Seychelles, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana. At present she is the Chair of the Namibian Open Learning Network (NOLNet) Board of Trustees; member of the Namibian National Core Team for ODL Policy Development; and member of a range of NUST committees and task teams. She is also an ODL Subject Matter Expert for the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) Audit Team for Institutional and Programme Accreditation for both Public and Private ODL Providers; Country Representative and Executive Member of the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA); Country Representative and Chairperson of the SADC-Technical Committee on ODL (SADC-TCODL); Executive Member of the Forum of African Women Educationalists in Namibia (FAWENA); and a Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Consultant in Zambia and Nigeria. She serves on several editorial boards as reviewer, and acts as external examiner and graduate supervisor.

Throughout her career in teaching, research, and consultancy, she has had extensive exposure and a proven capacity to lead in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment, including a strong background of 25 years hands-on experience at both middle and senior level management in higher education and ODL. In this, she has added value to the strengthening of technology-enhanced learning and the ODL profile in Namibia, Zambia, Nigeria and Portugal.

In her role as Director she is accountable for an annual budget of N$51 million and received the COL Award for Institutional Excellence in Distance Education in 2010, Kerala, India. This Award was in recognition of the significant achievements in the innovative and effective application of appropriate learning technologies, demonstrating the Centre’s long-term and on-going success in making learning opportunities more accessible to students who might otherwise not have participated in the learning experience.

Möwes also received the Education Leadership Award in 2014 at the Global Distance Learning Congress, Mumbai-India, endorsed by Thought Leaders, for her leadership of and contribution to the field of education, and for being a role model and believer in cutting edge change.

Her most recent accolades were in November 2016 when she was tasked by the NOLNet Board to present Namibia’s National ODL Policy to Cabinet and received the confirmation soon after, that Cabinet had approved the Policy. She was also recognised in the latest Volume of the Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D), published by COL, as one of the Leaders in Distance Education on the African Continent.

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