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Prof Asha Singh Kanwar

Prof Asha Singh Kanwar
President and Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Vancouver
Canada

Professor Asha Singh Kanwar is one of the world's leading advocates of learning for development. She has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) since June 2012, after serving COL as Education Specialist: Higher Education and Policy and Vice President for six years. Before joining COL, she was a consultant in open and distance learning at UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA) in Dakar, Senegal. She received her undergraduate, master's and MPhil degrees from the Panjab University in India and a DPhil from the University of Sussex. She was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University, where she was later invited to teach. Her engagement with distance education began when she joined Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as Professor, Director of the School of Humanities and Pro-Vice Chancellor. She has over 35 years' experience in teaching, research and administration. She has received several awards, including the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Prize of Excellence and the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions in open and distance education from the Asian Association of Open Universities. She has also been conferred six honorary doctorates, including from the Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, India, and the Open University, UK.


Professor Therese Tchombe Professor Therese Tchombe
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Dean at the Faculty of Education
University of Buea
Cameroon

Professor Therese Tchombe obtained her postgraduate degree in Developmental Psychology and Education, specialising in Cognitive Development and Pedagogy, in 1984 from the University of Bristol, England. Her areas of expertise are cognitive development, learning competence, teaching styles, teacher education, inclusive education and gender. Currently, she is the UNESCO Chair for Special Education at the University of Buea. She has worked as Dean of the Faculty of Education, Head of the Department of Science of Education, lecturer, researcher and administrator at all levels of the education system both nationally and internationally, including being the national representative for Distance Education for ACCT in Paris and member of UNESCO’s Consultative Committee on Education in Africa for two years (1994–1996). She was visiting professor at the University of Osnabrueck and the German Institute for International Research in Education in Frankfurt, Germany, and did consultancies for UNESCO, UNICEF, Plan International, the African Development Bank, DED, the World Bank and the British Council. She was an evaluator of the Distance Education Training Models for Teacher Education for UNESCO IICBA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, FAWE, Kenya and the AGFUND projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is a member of the Academy of Science in Cameroon. She has published widely in books, book chapters, articles in referred journals and newsletters, and has edited three books and supervised 15 PhD theses, of which 11 were successfully defended with four awaiting defence.


Prof Olasupo Iyiola Jegede

Prof Olasupo Iyiola Jegede
Dean at the Faculty of Education
University of Lagos
Nigeria

Professor Olasupo Iyiola Jegede has vast experience in the field of education management. He has held the positions of Head of the Mass Education Division, Directorate of Social Mobilisation at the National Orientation Agency (1989–1995), as well as Deputy Head of the Department of Adult Education (2009–2011) and Coordinator: Sandwich Programme at the Faculty of Education, University of Lagos (2005–2008), and Deputy-Director: Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Lagos (2012–2013). He is a member of the Distance Learning Institute Management Board and the School of Foundation Programme at the University of Lagos, and is a former member of the Board of Governors, Lagos State Mass Education Agency, Lagos (1990–1992), as well as the Postgraduate Academic Board (1999–2001), the Housing Committee (2000–2002), the Consult Management Board (2010–2012) and the Ceremonies Committee at the University of Lagos (2013–2014).


Dr Maximus Monaheng Sefotho

Dr Maximus Monaheng Sefotho
Lecturer, Department of Educational Psychology
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Dr Maximus Monaheng Sefotho is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology (with specialisation in career guidance and disability) at the University of Pretoria. He is interested in research and teaching in career guidance, disability and the philosophy of education, the philosophy of science, as well as the philosophy of the mind. More specifically, his research and teaching focus on career construction within the sphere of contemporary careers and hephapreneurship (a concept he coined). He has practical experience lecturing in adult education for over 15 years, where the mode of teaching and learning has been fundamentally based on open and distance learning. He speaks and publishes in Spanish, along with other important engagements, including participation under HESA as a Curriculum Reference Group member for the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) and the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) (since 2013). An area of research that is developing slowly is to mainstream disability in open and distance education. This is an area that seems to be neglected, although it should form the basis of the education of persons with disabilities.


Prof Wenceslas Nzabalirwa

Prof Wenceslas Nzabalirwa
Associate Professor of Education
Department of Foundations. Management and Curriculum Studies
University of Rwanda - College of Education
Rwanda

Professor Wenceslas Nzabalirwa holds a PhD, and is Associate Professor of Education. He has taught at university level for 25 years, having been Dean of the Faculty of Education of the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) for over ten years. Prior positions held include those of Vice Rector of Academics and Research of KIE (2011–2013), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rwanda National Curriculum Development Centre (2008–2011), Member of the Board of Directors of the Rwanda Higher Education Council (2007–2012) and Member of the Rwanda National Commission of UNESCO (2004–2011). He is also active in research and consultancy activities. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored chapters in refereed books. He co-authored a book on “Quantitative and qualitative research methods in education and social Sciences”. He is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Development Dialogue.


Dr Evariste Karangwa

Dr Evariste Karangwa
Dean of the School of Inclusive and Special Needs Education
University of Rwanda - College of Education
Rwanda

Dr Evariste Karangwa is Dean of the School of Inclusive and Special Needs Education at the University of Rwanda College of Education. He has been entrusted with academic leadership responsibilities at the University of Rwanda College of Education since 2000. He has led teams that reviewed the National Policy and Strategic Pan on Inclusive Education (2013), designed the University policy and guidelines on inclusive teaching and learning (2014) and is a member of the Inter-university Council of East Africa (IUCEA) team that developed the regional quality assurance guidelines for students with special needs. He is the Chief Editor of the Rwandan Journal of Education, and has published in the International Journal of Inclusive Education and in the International Journal of Disability and Development, among others.


Dr Moeketsi Letseka

Dr Moeketsi Letseka
Editor-in-Chief: Africa Education Review
Department of Educational Foundations
College of Education
UNISA

South Africa

Moeketsi Letseka holds a DEd in Philosophy of Education. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Africa Education Review, Consultant Editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education, Associate Editor of the Mevlana International Journal of Education and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Education. He is also principal investigator and National Research Foundation (NRF) grantholder for the Archaeology of Ubuntu Study, conducted in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and provinces in South Africa. Dr Letseka has over 70 publications, including the following scholarly books: Open distance learning (ODL) through the philosophy of Ubuntu (editor), Assuring quality in open distance learning (ODL) in the developing context (co-editor), Open distance learning (ODL) in South Africa (editor) and Student retention and graduate destinations: higher education and labour market access and success (co-editor).


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Panelists

Freda Wolfenden

Prof Freda Wolfenden (Session chair)
Senior lecturer in Education and Development, and Academic Director for TESS-India
Open University
UK

Freda Wolfenden is a Professor of Education and International Development, and Academic Director for TESS-India at the Open University, UK. Her career has been driven by a passion to improve opportunities to learn for all pupils by emphasising teacher development, particularly for those teaching in the poorest communities. She began her career as a secondary school science teacher in London and Asia before becoming involved in innovative projects to harness new technologies to support learning. Since joining the Open University in 2004, she has worked on teacher education across the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and India. She directed the Open University Masters in Education programme and was Director of TESSA from 2008 to 2012. Her work at TESS-India includes implementing a MOOC with a hybrid support model for teacher educators in both English and Hind. TESS-India was awarded a 2015 Bond Award for Innovation. In 2009, she established the Malawi Access to Teaching Scholarship Programme. In 2013, this model was extended to Sierra Leone as part of a Girls' Education Challenge Programme. Her recent research focuses on ways in which new technologies and open practices can influence pedagogic practice and support transformation at institution and system level.


Kuzvinetsa Dzvimbo

Kuzvinetsa Dzvimbo
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research)
Vaal University of Technology (VUT)
South Africa

Professor Kuzvinetsa Dzvimbo has been working in tertiary education and training, management training and consulting, open and distance learning, and the use of ICTs in higher education in Africa and globally, among other things, since 1979. He has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) since October 2014. Prior to his appointment at VUT, he was the founding Executive Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Africa (Unisa). In 2013 , Prof Dzvimbo wrote the first conceptual note to form the African Deans of Education Forum (ADEF) and presented it at the University of Nairobi. He is also a former chief editor of the Africa Education Review Journal and member of an international board for the UNESCO Board Institute for Information Technologies in Education, based in Moscow. Prior to joining Unisa, he was a senior professor in Education Management and head of the Department of Education Management at the University of Johannesburg. He served as Rector of the African Virtual University in Nairobi, Kenya. His main areas of interest are the use of ICTs in teacher education and schooling, and the insertion of local discourse practices in initial teacher education and higher education.


Daniel Iyamuremye

Daniel Iyamuremye
Acting Dean, Faculty of Science
University of Rwanda-College of Education

Rwanda

Daniel Iyamuremye is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, School of Open and Distance Learning at the University of Rwanda-College of Education, Rwanda. He has served as Head of Department of Chemistry, and Deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Kigali Institute of Education. He has been teaching Chemistry since 1976, and has authored several secondary school Chemistry textbooks, including Certificate, General and Physical Chemistry A Level (2011), Certificate, Inorganic Chemistry A Level (2011), Senior Secondary Certificate for Rwanda, Student’s Book (Senior 4, 5, 6) (2013) and Senior Secondary Certificate for Rwanda, Teacher’s Guide (Senior 4, 5, 6) (2013).


Hendri Kruger

Hendri Kruger
Instructional Designer
Unit for Distance Education
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Hendri Kruger is an instructional designer and young researcher in the Unit for Distance Education at the University of Pretoria. His specific task in the Unit is to support the transformation of paper-based academic programmes to web-supported courses using online delivery tools. He commenced with his PhD studies in 2017, which will focus on the importance of systems (design) thinking in distance education. 

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Facilitators

Kris Stutchbury

Kris Stutchbury
Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education
The Open University
UK

Kris Stutchbury is a senior lecturer in teacher education at The Open University. After a 20-year career as a science teacher and Head of Science, she moved to The Open University and became Director of Initial Teacher Education, with responsibility for the Open University PGCE course. Alongside these responsibilities, she has maintained an interest in international development, working first as coordinator of TESSA Secondary Science (2010–2015), as the Science and School leadership lead on TESS-India (2013–2016), and now as Academic Director of TESSA. Her research interests include ethics and teacher education. She has published a framework to structure thinking about the ethical issues in educational research, and is currently working on a doctoral study in the field of teacher education. This is her fourth DETA conference.


Olivier Biard

Olivier Biard
Senior Project Manager, International Development
The Open University
UK

Olivier Biard is a senior project manager in international development at The Open University. From a background in financial management in the UK, Olivier worked for 17 years managing and delivering business and international development projects across Africa. Alongside international development, he has taken the lead in programmes ranging from culture and business change to logistics, operations and business development. He currently manages the Pan-Africa TESSA programme, the Improving Girls’ Learning Outcomes project in Sierra Leone and the Malawi Access to Teaching Scholarships project in Malawi.


Michael Tusiime

Michael Tusiime
Lecturer
University of Rwanda-College of Education

Rwanda

Michael Tusiime is Fulbright Alumni Scholar who completed his Masters of Science (MSc Ed) and a Doctorate in Curriculum Leadership at Northern Illinois University. He has more than 10 years’ working experience in education as a lecturer, researcher and consultant. Michael has been a lead researcher on two USAID-sponsored women leadership projects in partnership with the University of Los Angeles California (UCLA). He has represented Rwanda on a team of East African curriculum experts that drafted and validated curriculum frameworks and systems for the harmonisation of the East African Teacher Education Programme. His other research includes conducting graduate tracer studies and employer satisfaction surveys, literacy and home environment, education and social change, and curriculum studies.


Evode Mukama

Evode Mukama
Associate Professor
University of Rwanda
-College of Education
Rwanda

Evode Mukama is an Associate Professor in learning technologies at the University of Rwanda. His research interests include learning practice in ICT-rich and/or ODL environments, educational change and curriculum development with ICT as a pedagogical tool. His recent research publications relate to a baseline study on ODeL in Rwanda, coping with change in ICT-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning, students’ interaction with web-based literature, the interplay between learning and the use of technology in students’ everyday social practice, and technology-based learning projects. He has been a teacher from basic to higher education levels of education, and has been involved in curriculum design, learning, teaching and assessment for more than 20 years.


Dr Ruth Aluko

Dr Ruth Aluko
Researcher and Instructional Design Supporter
Unit for Distance Education, University of Pretoria
South Africa

Dr Ruth Aluko is a researcher and instructional design supporter with the Unit for Distance Education at the University of Pretoria. She manages the quality assurance of distance education practices in the unit. She is also involved in the facilitation of training and workshops at both local and international levels. She has presented papers and has published widely in the field of ODL. She has also been involved in the evaluation of ODL programmes at some institutions. She is a co-editor of the book Assuring institutional quality in Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the developing contexts, published by Nova Publishers, USA. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Africa Education Review, and as an executive member of the National Association of Distance Education in Southern Africa (NADEOSA). She also co-organises the Distance Education and Teachers’ Training biennial conference, and is editor of its biennial proceedings.


Brenda Mallinson

Brenda Mallinson
Learning Technologies and OER consultant
OER Africa

South Africa

Brenda Mallinson is a learning technologies and OER consultant to OER Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years, specialising in digital and online learning technologies during this time. She currently works on learning technology and OER projects at higher education institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, which encompasses research, strategy, theory, capacity development and practical implementation in these areas. She is also a non-resident research associate in the Department of Information Systems, Rhodes University, South Africa.


Shadrack M. Mbogela

Shadrack M. Mbogela
E-learning expert
Open University of Tanzania
Tanzania

Shadrack M. Mbogela is an expert in the design, development and implementation of e-learning content. He also has five years' experience in designing and administering the Moodle learning management system (LMS) at technical level. Mr. Mbogela has been engaged in assisting and training academic staff at the Open University of Tanzania and other academic institutions in integrating multimedia to ODL content for delivery via the LMS and other enterprise systems at the Open University of Tanzania. He is currently Acting Head of Educational Technology at the Open University of Tanzania.


Tony Mays

Dr Tony Mays
Manager
Unit for Distance Education, University of Pretoria
South Africa

Dr Tony Mays was appointed as Manager of the Unit for Distance Education at the University of Pretoria from 1 March 2016, with the responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the University’s distance education offerings in support of teacher development. Prior to this, he was a senior programme specialist with Saide, where he worked for 16 years on issues such as distance learning systems and evaluation, curriculum and materials development, policy development and review, data analytics and OER. He has published in the areas of English language and literature teaching, teacher education and classroom practice, distance education programme design, quality assurance, and costing, as well as OER. He is the past president, and current long-standing vice-president of NADEOSA and is honorary treasurer of the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA). He supervises MEd ODL students for the University of South Africa (Unisa), is a reviewer for several journals and publishers, and consults widely on ODeL curriculum, accreditation and policy issues. He recently completed a doctoral thesis exploring factors affecting the mainstreaming of OER at a private African university.


Daniel Iyamuremye

Daniel Iyamuremye
Acting Dean, Faculty of Science
University of Rwanda-College of Education

Rwanda

Daniel Iyamuremye is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, School of Open and Distance Learning at the University of Rwanda-College of Education, Rwanda. He has served as Head of Department of Chemistry, and Deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Kigali Institute of Education. He has been teaching Chemistry since 1976, and has authored several secondary school Chemistry textbooks, including Certificate, General and Physical Chemistry A Level (2011), Certificate, Inorganic Chemistry A Level (2011), Senior Secondary Certificate for Rwanda, Student’s Book (Senior 4, 5, 6) (2013) and Senior Secondary Certificate for Rwanda, Teacher’s Guide (Senior 4, 5, 6) (2013).


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