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THANKS TO ALL OUR SPEAKERS, CHAIRPERSONS, SPONSORS, AND PARTICIPANTS.

THE PRESENTATIONS FROM THE COLLOQUIUM AND WEBINARS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

The Research Colloquium provides a platform for researchers to share new and emerging research on open learning, interrogate national and international research evidence on the benefits of flexible and blended learning and identify research gaps in relation to open learning, including flexible and blended learning.

The objectives of the Research Colloquium are to:

 

  • Engage with research on open learning in post-school education and training (PSET)
  • Consider implications of the research for policy, strategy, planning and practice
  • Identify research gaps in relation to PSET in the context of open learning; and
  • Debate whether and how diverse modes of teaching and learning can improve access to and quality of PSET.

expected outcomes

Improve research utilisation to support evidence-based decision-making, policy and planning
Improve knowledge sharing to improve practices in relation to open learning
Improve understanding of open learning (including diverse modes of teaching and learning)

The 2021 Research Colloquium is organised by the Department of Higher Education and Training, in collaboration with the Department’s entities, which are the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), the three Quality Councils, and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The Department has also partnered with the University of Cape Town on this colloquium.

HOSTED BY

Dr Blade Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr Nzimande was appointed as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 30 May 2019. He was Minister of Transport from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019. Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel “Blade” Nzimande was the Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014 until 17 October 2017.

He is a general secretary of the South African Communist Party; chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education; deputy chair of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party; and chairperson of the Financial Sector Campaign Coalition.

MR BUTI MANAMELA

Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Innovation

PROF ASHA SINGH KANWAR
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning
Canada

DR Ebba Ossiannilsson

Vice-President of Swedish Association for Distance Education | Board member of Job and Skills Coalition Sweden

Mr Peter van der Hijden

Independent Higher Education Strategy Advisor
Netherlands

MR MATIAS MATIAS

Global Education Specialist | Advisory Board Member for HP Foundation, HP Life Program HP Inc.
USA

PROF RAMNEEK AHLUWALIA

CEO of Higher Health

Dr Thandi Lewin

Acting Deputy Director-General: University Education

Ms Thembisa Futshane

Deputy Director-General: Community Education and Training

Ms Trudi van Wyk

Acting Deputy Director General: Planning, Policy and Strategy

Prof Mpine Makoe

Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Education Resources/ Practices | Research Professor in Open Distance eLearning at the University of South Africa (UNISA)

PROF Linda Cooper

Emerita Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Dr Nick Balkrishen
Regional Manager of North West and Mpumalanga Region TVET and CET Colleges

Prof J Francois Strydom

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Free State (UFS)

Dr Pinky Mahlangu

Specialist Scientist at the Gender and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council

Dr Heidi Bolton

Senior Manager: Research at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Dr Rooksana Rajab

Senior Associate of JET Education Services

Mr Christoph Vorwerk

Skills Development Specialist

Mr Japie Nel

Senior Manager: NQF Qualifications and Professional Bodies at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Mr Wellington Radu

Senior Manager: Authentication Services at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

MR Navin Vasudev

Manager: Business Development & Stakeholders at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Ms Jenny Glennie

Director of the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE)

Mr Reineth Mgiba

Acting Chief Director, Policy, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, DHET

Mr Sam Zungu

Deputy Director-General: TVET, DHET

DR PHIL MJWARA

Acting Director-General (DG): DHET

DR TABISA MAYISELA

 Lecturer and Principal Investigator: COOL Project

Prof Gerrit Stols

Director of Education Innovation, University of Pretoria (UP)

Mr Imraan Patel

Deputy Director Genral: Represents the department on Social and Economic clusters of government

DR SARA BLACK

Teacher | Analyst | Researcher

DR MUKHTAR RABAN

Lecturer: Nelson Mandela University 

Ms Susan Gredley

PHD Candidate: University of Western Cape

DR THASMAI DHURUMRAJ

Lecturer: Department of Science and Technology Education

Ms mahlatse maake malatji

PHD Student: University of Cape Town

Ms Anelisa Dabula

PHD Candidate: University of KZN

Ms barbara JONES

Curriculum Development Specialist

DR Cheng-Wen Huang

Lecturer | Researcher

Ms Getrude Van Wyk

Teacher | Researcher

Ms SINETHEMBA ZUNGU

Researcher