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Louis Fourie

Louis Fourie, D.Th., is an associate of the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), co-responsible for the digital universities strategic focus area in the Southern African region. Prior to this Louis was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Technology Services at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. Louis also served as Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning, Head of the Department Information Systems and Professor in Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape. However, his journey in education started at Fort Hare University, followed by several years at the business schools of North West and Stellenbosch Universities.

He obtained his doctorate at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991 and an MBA degree (cum laude) at the Potchefstroom University (now University of the North West) in 1999 where he received the Old Mutual Gold Medal for exceptional achievement and the best MBA student.

Louis lectured in Information Systems and Technology at several universities in South Africa, Africa, Europe, USA and Australia. He has been involved in several research projects, amongst others, human-machine cognition, business intelligence, knowledge management, e-business, the digital university, 4IR, and digital inclusion. He supervised numerous M and PhD theses and at the end of 2009 he was rewarded as the CSSA Western Cape ICT person of the year for his contribution to the ICT industry.

His consultation work spans various industries and disciplines and he frequently presents papers at national and international conferences, and has published several papers in academic journals and books. He is a research associate of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in Tanzania and an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Rassie Louw (IELOL Graduate 2014)

Rassie Louw is a Senior Educational Technologist at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the North-West University in South Africa. He is also the institutional coordinator responsible for the development and maintenance of the enabling Digital Teaching and Learning Environment (DTLE) at the North-West University.

Rassie manages the following institutional projects related to the development of the enabling DTLE: Learning analytics capacity building; establishment of faculty technology resource centres and maker space facilities; OER and open source advocacy; determining quality criteria for the enabling NWU DTLE. As DTLE coordinator, Rassie coordinates the implementation of the NWU Teaching and Learning strategy, advises on emerging technologies and DTLE trends, participate in institutional research and supports faculties with technology adoption and capacity development.

Rassie acts as institutional representative at the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and participate in the Educause Ambassador initiative. Rassie is also an associate of the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) co-responsible for coordinating the digital universities strategic focus area in the Southern African region.

Rassie received a Bachelors in Theology from the North-West University and is a 2014 alumni of the IELOL program. He is married to Sandra, has three children and blessed to be the proud grandfather of a grandson. He loves Africa and whenever times allows, travels in the Sub-Sahara region to participate in mission outreaches and do relief work.

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Dr. Jennifer Mathes (IELOL Graduate 2017)

Dr. Jennifer Mathes is the Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Online Learning Consortium. She provides leadership in researching and planning strategic initiatives, special projects and partnerships that align with OLC’s mission, vision and goals. Dr. Mathes has nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private higher education where she has supported online learning initiatives since she taught her first online course in 1997. She has been instrumental in working with start-up online initiatives as well as leading growth in institutions with an existing online program. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she wrote her dissertation on “Predictors for Student Success in Online Education.” She also has earned a Master of Science degree in Business Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University.

Christa A. North - Profile

Christa A. North

Christa North holds qualifications in languages, information science, publishing and education. Her career in publishing spanned appointments at the National Parks Board and some years freelancing for a portfolio of publishing houses where her interest centred on the publication of text books (mainly for the secondary and tertiary levels).

She joined the University of Pretoria (UP), first as an academic with specific interest in the training of publishers, then as accreditation manager for the business school. She was approached by the University to serve on the first management team of a University owned company which was launched to facilitate all offering of continuing education by and through the University. In the latter position her responsibilities included quality management and leading the project for the design and implementation of organisation wide systems.

She later served for some years as head of the Quality Unit of UP. In this position she was responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive integrated quality management system for the University, ensuring maximum reusability of data across university systems and the reporting requirements of external regulatory bodies.

Post retirement from UP she served for five years as advisor to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning of the North-West University. In this position she was responsible for improvement of the academic planning function and for management of identified risk to the University through improved quality management of the portfolio of continuing education courses.

Over the years she worked closely with regulatory bodies, the South African Qualifications Authority and the Council on Higher Education (including, at the latter two organisations, fixed time seconded positions to assist with specific projects).

She currently collaborates with SARUA to assist with their engagement at the southern African regional level on matters related to quality management, accreditation, and other forms of recognition of learning achievements. She is also working on a project for UNITAR on aspects of recognition of continuing education in the region, and she advises universities on quality management.

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Martin Oosthuizen

Martin Oosthuizen is the Executive Director of the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), an association that promotes regional collaboration in the higher education sector in the SADC. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), which promotes collaboration between the four universities in the Western Cape.

Previously, Martin served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at North West University from June 2011 to June 2017, and as Senior Director of the Centre for Planning and Institutional Development at the Nelson Mandela (Metropolitan) University in Port Elizabeth from 2005. At NWU his areas of responsibility included higher education access, student academic support, academic planning, curriculum development, teaching and learning approaches, educational technology, academic staff development, continuing education and the careers service.

Martin has been extensively involved in national and institutional projects relating to standards setting, quality assurance and qualifications design in the South African higher education sector. He served on the South African Higher Education Quality Committee from 2012 to 2018 and chaired its Accreditation Committee from 2015 to 2018. He is an international reviewer for the Oman Academic Accreditation Council, and, as an international reviewer, has contributed to various institutional reviews for the Quality Assurance Agency in Scotland. Between 2011 and 2016 he served on the Council of Chief Executive Officers of the Open Education Resources Universitas (OERu), an international organisation that is committed to the development and use of open education resources to improve access and articulation into higher education.

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Dr. Juliet Stoltenkamp

Dr. Juliet Stoltenkamp is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) at the University of the Western Cape, managing the integration and implementation of educational technologies; and cultivating leadership on strategic, developmental and operational levels. She has gained valuable working experience over 25 years as an Educator, Instructional Designer, Manager, Director and serving on various academic institutional decision-making bodies in higher education institutions. She contributes to selection committees for institutional and national Teaching-and-Learning awards.

She established and structured the Centre for Innovative Education & Communication Technologies (CIECT), at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Centre consists of integrated niche teams of expertise who focus on implementation of innovative teaching and learning practices; and related research-led, teaching and community projects. This Academic Professional Support structure entails key areas, including, Instructional Design, Software Development and Application, Digital Academic Literacy, Materials Development, Audio-Visual Services, and Research. She oversees all teams, and also works closely with teams in her capacity of Instructional Designer, Facilitator and Researcher. This includes initiatives related to the sustainability of a support structure, focusing on teaching, facilitation, assessment, moderation, and design efforts. The Centre for Innovative Education & Communication Technologies (CIECT) promotes the integration of emerging technologies at UWC. As a Leader, she is able to reflect on an integrated professional structure which supports blended and distance learning approaches, within a framework of Teaching-and-Learning; Research; Community Engagement and Collaboration. These areas are underpinned by scholarly outputs, engagements, and research-led projects in alignment with the Institutional Operating Plan (IOP), and national policies and imperatives.

As Director of CIECT, she has to ensure that the current structured professional support centre remains functional and sustainable within a complex higher education setting. Her PhD research focused on an Integrated Approach to Implementing eLearning in a Complex Higher Education Setting. She also contributed to the National eSkills Plan of Action (NESPA). She is the designer and Coordinator of the Digital Inclusion: eCentre Management Programme within the Western Cape Knowledge Production and Coordination Hub, a programme that has been rolled out across eCentres within the Western and Northern Cape provinces in South Africa – with a vision of national rollout. Recently, she completed a PGDIP: Academic Development Programme, where she was able to foreground her practice as a Leader and as an Academic Developer, in her role as Director of CIECT. Furthermore, she has been able to show how it is possible to represent Academic Development work, situated within a Professional Support Centre, in relation to the development of a teaching identity within a research-led university.

Roberta Vigliani - Profile

Roberta Vigliani

Roberta Vigliani is the Chief Financial Officer for the Online Learning Consortium. She comes to us with 16 years of educational learning experience from Pearson Education as a Finance Director in Higher Education. She worked closely with the CFO to guarantee financial and operational requirements which were communicated and addressed by the Business groups she was responsible for. Roberta has managed cross-functional teams within Pearson including the President of Longman and the executive team leaders in Editorial, Marketing, Production and Media, who were located in both Boston and New York City. Working in the Pearson Tutor Center assisting the integration and utilization of a large international tutoring firm into the North America service was an example of her contribution to academia. She also has financial experience from her years at MITRE Corporation. Roberta holds a BS in General Management from University of Massachusetts and an MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

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