College of Graduate Studies

Prof Mpine Makoe

College of Graduate Studies
School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes (STRI)
Open and Distance Learning (IODL)
Tel: 012 337-6183


  • PhD (Educational Technology), Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom  2007
  • MSc (Research Methods for Educational Technology), Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom  2004      
  • MA Journalism (University of Michigan, United States of America) 1991
  • BA, Communication & English (cum laude) (Hope College, Holland, Michigan, U.S.A) 1990
  • Diploma, Journalism (Africa Literature Centre,   Kitwe, Zambia) 1986

Fields of academic interests

  • Mobile learning
  • Professional Development in ODeL
  • ODeL policy issues

Field of Specialisation

  • Open Distance Learning
  • Educational Technology


  • Makoe, M.E. (2015).  A fit for purpose mission for widening access through Open Distance Learning, Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa, Moeketsi Letseka (Ed.), New York, Nova Publishers, pp. 7-20.    ISBN: 978-1-63463-892-0
  • Makoe, M.E. (2013).  Teachers as learners: concerns and perceptions about using cell phones in South African rural communities, Handbook of Mobile Learning, Zane L. Berge, Lin Muilenburg (Eds.), Routledge Publishing.
  • Makoe, M.E. (2013).  The pedagogical suitability of using cellphone social networks to support distance students, Outlooks and Opportunities in blended and distance learning, Tynan, B.,  Willems, J. and James, R. (Eds) ,  Hershey, PA: IGI Global  (2013), pp.114-128. ISBN13: 9781466642058
  • Makoe, M.E. (2012).  Bridging the distance: The pedagogy of mobile learning in enhancing teaching and learning", Distance Education,  Intech: Open Science, Open minds.
  • Makoe, M.E. (2006).  The implementation of e-learning in South Africa: taking the socio-cultural context into consideration, International Perspectives in Online Teaching Methods: debates, trends and experiences, Dos Santos, A.I. San Paulo, Brazil, (2006), pp.53-82,  SãoPaulo: Libratrês (published in Portuguese).
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2002).  The portrayal of HIV-positive women in South African newspapers, Quagga Kultuur – Reflections of South African Popular Culture, Pretoria, Aurora Press (2002).

Journal articles

  • Nsamba, A. and Makoe, M. (2017). Evaluating quality dimensionality of students’ support sevices in open distance learning, Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education. (In press).
  •  Madiope M and Makoe, M. (2017). Exploring the potential of using podcasts in supporting distance education students, Glokalde, Vol. 3(1).
  • Maboe, K.A. Nkosi, Z.Z. and Makoe, M.E. (2013).  Prospects and challenges of learners on-line discussion forum interaction in an Open Distance Learning Institution, Journal of Health Science, Vol 1, 12-20.
  • Makoe, M.E. (2012). Teaching digital natives: Identifying competencies for mobile learning facilitators, South African Journal for Higher Education (SAJHE), Vol.26(1).
  • Lephalala M.M.K. and Makoe, M.E. (2012). The impact of socio-cultural issues for African students, Journal of Distance Education, Vol 25 (1).
  • Makoe, M.E. (2011). Academics going mobile: New roles for new technologies, Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice, Vol.33(2), 171-189.
  • Makoe, M.E. (2010). Exploring the use of MXIT – a social network system to enhance learning for distance education, Open Learning Vol. 25, No. 3, November 2010, 251–257.
  • Braimoh, D. Osiki, J.O. and Makoe, M.E. (2010). From empowerment to transformation: A capacity building model for academics in distance higher education institutions in Africa, European Journal of Educational Studies 2(2), 119-130.
  • Makoe, M.E. (2008) Using phenomenological psychology to analyse the lived world of South African distance learners, Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 2008, 8, 1-11,
  • Makoe, M, Richardson, J.T.E. and Price, L (2008) Conceptions of learning in adult students embarking on distance education, Higher Education, 55, 303-320 (published online, Feb. 2007
  • Makoe, M. (2006), South African distance students’ accounts of learning in the sociocultural context: a habitus analysis, Race Ethnicity and Education, 9(4), 361-380
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2005) Reaching out: supporting black learners in distance education, Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice, 27(1 & 2), 44-61.
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2003) Cultural effects of learning styles of African learners in distance education, International Journal of Learning (10)
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2003) Theories, models and strategies in developing an effective HIV/AIDS campaign in South Africa, Communicare 22(2), 45-64
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2002) Let’s talk about sex: reaching young people through the media in the age of AIDS, Journal of Theology in Southern Africa 114, 79-92.
  • Qakisa, M.E. (2001) The media representation of women and HIV/AIDS: How it affects preventative messages, Missionalia, 29 (2), 304-320.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Head of Institute - IODL
  • Director – African Council for Distance Education
  • President: National Association of the Distance Online Education in South Africa
  • Member: University Future Network
  • Faculty member: International Council for Distance Education Global Doctoral Consortium
  • Continuous Professional Development ODL Task Team leader


  • Editors Award 2013: Article of the Year - Canadian Journal of Distance Education
  • Women in Developing Researcher Award 2012 - University of South Africa
  • UNISA Women of the Year – Professional Support 2009 - University of South Africa
  • Thuthuka Women in Research Grant 2009-2010 - National Research Foundation
  • Open University Studentship, Open University, UK – 2003-2007
  • Mary Lou Butcher Equality in Journalism Award 1991, University of Michigan
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan – 1990-1991
  • Women in Writing Award, Africa Literature Centre, Kitwe, Zambia, 1986


Conference Proceedings

  • Makoe, M. (2016)  Analysing education policies for the future: Realising the vision of open distance learning in 2030, proceedings of the 8th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF8), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27-30 November 2016.
  • Huelsman, T. Zawada, B. and Makoe, M. (2016).  Carrots and Sticks: Workload and Performance Management in ODL, processing from the 9th EDEN Research Workshop in Oldenburg, Germany, 5-6 October, 2016.
  • Makoe, M. (2012).  The pedagogy of mobile learning in supporting distance learners, mLearn 2012: Mobile and contextual learning, proceeding from the 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, Helsinki, Finland, 15-18 October 2012. Pp 117-125,
  • Makoe, M. (2011). A student-centred approach: Incorporating students characteristics in the development of the support services, Nadeosa, Johannesburg, South Africa,
  • Makoe, M. (2009). Exploring the potential for using MXit – a cellphone instant messaging system in supporting distance learners, proceedings from Mlearn 2009 conference in Maastricht, Netherlands, June 7-10. Accessed 18 August 2009,
  • Makoe, M. (2007). A phenomenological analysis of South African distance learners experiences, Enhancing Higher Education: Theory and Scholarship, proceedings of the HERDSA - Higher Education Research and Development in Australasia Annual Conference  vol.30(2), (pp.341-350), Adelaide, Australia, July, 8-11.
  • Qakisa-Makoe, M. (2006). The ecology of a South African distance learner, broadening the conception of e-leaning,  proceedings of the 5th international conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication, CaTAC, F. Sudweeks, F. H. Hrachovec & C.Ess (eds.) (pp.421-434), Tartu, Estonia, June 28-1 July.