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Jako Olivier is currently an Advisor Higher Education at the Commonwealth of Learning (Burnaby, Canada). From April 2019 to August 2022 he was a professor in Multimodal Learning at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa where he lead the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources (OER).
He obtained his PhD in 2011 in which he researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools through blended learning. Before he joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, he was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 he was a lecturer in the then Faculty of Arts of the NWU after being appointed as associate professor in the Faculty of Education in 2015. During 2012 he was a guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In 2018 he was promoted to full professor at the NWU.
Jako is a rated researcher from the South African National Research Foundation and in 2018 he received the Emerging Researcher Medal from the Education Association of South Africa (EASA). He is also on the international academic board of the Open Spaces University, Morocco.
As an activist for open education he is an active member of the Creative Commons Chapter of South Africa and lead the Network of OER and Multimodal Self-Directed Learning in Southern Africa (NOMSA). He also participated in the consultations for the UNESCO OER Dynamic Coalition Report in 2020. Furthermore, he has been involved in publishing multilingual online learning resources since 1996.
In addition to recently completing the editing of books on self-directed multimodal learning and self-directed learning, he has published a number of articles and book chapters at the national and international level. Currently, he is co-editing books on multimodal learning environments, teacher training and two on open educational resources. He also acts as a supervisor for postgraduate students at the NWU.
His research is focused on multimodal learning, open educational resources, self-directed learning, multiliteracies, microlearning, individualized and contextualized blended learning, e-learning in language classrooms and online multilingualism.
Our book, Self-directed multimodal learning in higher education, has now been published openly online. The publication can be downloaded here: