PROGRAMME

22 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 09:00AM

PLENARY EVENT

Programme Director

MS TRUDI VAN WYK

Acting DDG: Planning, Policy and Strategy, DHET

SESSION 1: : OPENING AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS

CHAIR

Dr Phil Mjwara

Acting Director-General (DG): DHET
Welcome and Introduction

Mr Buti Manamela

Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation
Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Asha Kanwar

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning
Canada

Keynote Address: International Trends in Open Learning

SESSION 2: : GLOBAL AND CONTINENTAL PERSPECTIVE

CHAIR

Mr Imraan Patel

DDG Socio-Economic Innovation Partnerships, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)

Professor Mpine Makoe

Chairholder of the Commonwealth of Learning in Open Educational Resources (OER)/Open Educational Practices (OEP)

How Africa Can Stay Globally Competitive – A Case for Open Learning

Mr Peter van der Hijden

Independent Higher Education Strategy Advisor, Brussels, Belgium

Digital Credentialing in Higher Education – What Africa can Learn from Europe?

Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson

Chair of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC), and as well ICDE OER Ambassador for Global Advocacy, Sweden

Blended Learning: State of the Nation – International Council for Open and Distance Learning (ICDE) Insight Paper

Panel Discussion

SESSION 3: OPEN LEARNING – FLEXIBLE AND BLENDED LEARNING: THE NEW NORMAL

CHAIR

MR RANDALL FAULMANN

Director: Open Learning

Professor Gerrit Stols

Director of Education Innovation, University of Pretoria (UP)

Transforming Post-School Education and Training (PSET) Institutions through Blended Learning – What Did We Learn from #Fees Must Fall/COVID – 19?

Ms Jenny Glennie

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

Is Blended Learning and Open Learning Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Dr Nick Balkrishen

Regional Manager, Mpumalanga and North-West

How are Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges Responding to Open Learning – Is Blended Learning the Answer?

Panel Discussion

SESSION 4: OPEN LEARNING CASE STUDIES (COOL)

CHAIR

MS TRUDI VAN WYK

Acting DDG: Planning, Policy and Strategy, DHET

Dr Tabisa Mayisela

Lecturer and Principal Investigator for the COOL Project, UCT

Overview of the COOL Project

Professor Cheryl Ann Hodgkinson-Williams

Emeritus Associate Professor

Feedback on Webinar 1: Institutional Leadership and Management

DR ROOKSANA RAJAB

Senior Associate of JET Education Services

Feedback on Webinar 2: Lecturer Development and OER

Professor Mpine Makoe

Chairholder of the Commonwealth of Learning in Open Educational Resources (OER)/Open Educational Practices (OEP)

Feedback on Webinar 3: Opening Learning through a New Qualifications Perspective

PROF J FRANCOIS STRYDOM

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

Feedback on Webinar 4: Flexible and Blended Teaching and Learning Practices in PSET

Prof Linda Cooper

Emerita Associate Professor, UCT

Feedback on Webinar 5: Inclusivity in PSET

Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Higher Health

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Youth in South Africa, and How to Better Understand the Youth’s Use of the Internet, Media and Technology during the Pandemic

Panel Discussion

SESSION 5: CLOSING

CHAIR

Mr Samuel Zungu

Deputy Director-General: TVET, DHET

Dr Linda Meyer

Director of Operations, Universities South Africa (USAF)

Flexible and Blended Learning and Teaching Approaches in PSET

Ms Trudi van Wyk

Acting DDG: Planning, Policy and Strategy, DHET

Where to from here?

Mr Reineth Mgiba

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

Vote of Thanks and Closure