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Sukaina Walji


Sukaina Walji
Acting Director Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Sukaina is currently the Acting Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She oversees operational functions for online and blended learning and provides strategic advice for University Executive Leadership for digitally enhanced learning. She is formally the Acting Coordinator of the Curriculum and Course Design Team where she managed the Learning Design Team and Digital Media units working with the team leads to provide direction for curriculum and learning design and production.

As part of her substantive position as Online Education Project Manager she manages blended and online courses in the formal education space including oversight of the UCT Formal Online Education project, manages stakeholder relations with faculties and external parties and provides cost modelling and business planning for sustainability of online programmes and courses. She sits on the Online Education subcommittee, the Assessment Framework Working Group, the Web Governance Working Group, the Teaching Online Task Team, the Postgraduate Online Task Team and the Central Covid Coordinating Committee.

She is also a researcher on two research projects:  The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape; and Perspectives from South African MOOC Takers: understanding transitions in and out of learning and work. Previously, Sukaina was the CILT MOOC Team Project Manager and the Research Communications Advisor for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project (ROER4D). Her research interests include online learning design, MOOCs, Open Educational Practices and Higher Education models. Her professional background spans digital media, communications and e-learning. Sukaina has a Masters in Online and Distance Education from the Open University UK, and a BA in History from Oxford University.