Previous conference papers

  • National (South African)

1) LSSA/SAALA/SAALT conference, Grahamstown (26-28 June 2011) – paper: Accommodating and promoting multilingualism through blended learning.

2) LSSA/SAALA/SAALT conference, Bloemfontein (25-28 June 2012) – two papers:
Individual and family language planning: any language as long as it’s English
Variasietaalkunde 2.0: ’n aanlyn gemeenskapswoordeboek as hulpmiddel by die onderrig van Afrikaanse taalvariasie.

3) NWU Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Innovative use of technology (ETIT), Potchefstroom (30 October-1 November 2012) – paper: Wik en weeg: wiki’s in die taalvariasieklas.

4) 2nd Annual SRC Conference 2013, Sunninghill, Johannesburg (24-25 April 2013) – paper: Indigenous languages of South Africa: the language debate in African universities.

5) LSSA/SAALA/SAALT conference, Stellenbosch (1-4 July 2013) – two papers:
‘Die gesin se taallaer brand af’: language maintenance and language loss of Afrikaans-speaking immigrants
Die DBAT: die onontginde diamant van die Afrikaanse taalkunde (presented with Adri Breed).

6) NWU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference 2013 (19-20 Nov. 2013) – paper: Tell-tale signs: reflection towards effective teaching of academic writing (presented with Louise Olivier).

7) Seminar: Afrikaanse omgangsvariëteite in die digkuns, NWU Potchefstroomkampus (27 Sept. 2014) – paper: “Mar hierie dêng – daar’s nie ‘n man in Syd-Afrika hy kan hom yt hierie hand yt vat nie”: spore van Gepidginiseerde Afrikaans as omgangsvariëteit.

8) NWU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference 2014 (30-31 Oct. 2014) – paper: Inter(net)acting: student classroom feedback by means of a web-based response system.

9) LSSA/SAALA/SAALT conference, Potchefstroom (24-26 June 2015) – two papers:
Blended learning in a first-year linguistics class: evaluating an interactive learning environment
From writing apprehension to evaluation apprehension: apprehending Daly and Miller (presented with Louise Olivier).

10) NWU Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Innovative use of technology (ETIT), Potchefstroom (9-11 November 2015) – paper: Tabletrekenaars in ʼn Afrikaanse sosiolinguistiekklas: hindernis of hulpmiddel?

11) HELTASA, NWU, Potchefstroom (17-20 November 2015) – paper: Migrating to screen: supporting digital natives’ acceptance of their e-habitat through an interactive learning environment.

12) Teaching and learning campus seminar 2016, NWU, Vanderbijlpark (1 Junie 2016) – paper: It is in the bag: build, blend and becoming self-directed.

13) Education Association of South Africa (EASA): Annual Conference, Parys (8-11 January 2017) – paper: Learning/constructing an instant: exploring the impact of short instructional videos in a language classroom.

14) NWU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference 2017 (21-22 Sept. 2017) – paper: Enhancing PhD self-regulated learning through reflective diaries (presented with Gerda Wittmann).

15) NWU Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Innovative use of technology (ETIT), Potchefstroom (31 October – 2 November 2017) – paper: Multimodal learning as intersemiotic translation: reflecting on equivalence in teaching a module through face-to-face and online modalities.

16) Education Association of South Africa (EASA): Annual Conference, Durban (14-17 January 2018) – paper: Multimodal learning in a language module through contact and distance modes: moving from reflexive to diffractive pathways.

17) NWU Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 (30-31 May 2018) – paper: Exploring classification and quality criteria for OER in an Afrikaans language teaching context.

18) Conference on SDL: Self-directed learning for the 21st century: implications for higher education (5-7 November 2018), Potchefstroom – paper: Towards a multiliteracies framework in support of self-directed learning through open educational resources.

19) Keynote: NADEOSA (National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa) Annual Conference, Roodepoort (3-5 July 2019): Diffractive pathways in multimodal self-directed learning towards demiurgic access to open education practices.

20) Keynote: International Conference on Information Literacy (ICIL), Vanderbijlpark (23-25 September 2019): Information ethics literacy for self-directed multimodal learning through open educational resources.

21) NWU Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2020, Online (27-29 October 2020): Only the lecturer knows best (not!): exploring the role of distant education students’ voices in terms culturally appropriate self-directed multimodal learning.

22) Three conference papers – 4th International Self-Directed Learning Conference, 3-5 November 2021:
– Getting the flip right: A case for preparing self-directed mathematics teachers for the 21st century through metacognitive gains (Celizma Lotz, Corné Kruger & Jako Olivier).
– Exploring self-directed language learning needs in a blended learning environment: Perspectives of Sesotho sa Leboa and isiZulu student teachers (Jako Olivier, Matome Mabiletja & Emmanuel Ngwenya).
– NWU OER Fellows: Fostering self-directed learning through an OER development programme (Jako Olivier, Byron Bunt & Amit Dhakulkar).

23) 5th International Self-Directed Learning Conference, 31 October – 2 November 2022: Renewable assessments and self-directed learning: An apposite combination (Amit Dhakulkar & Jako Olivier)

  • International

1) Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek, Liege, Belgium (18 May 2012) – paper: A choice between English or English: individual and family language planning in South Africa.

2) MATSDA Conference, Limerick University, Ireland (9-10 June 2012) – poster: Developing Wiktionary content for teaching principles of language variation content and research methods to graduate students.

3) Twenty-first International Conference on Learning, New York, USA. (14-17 July 2014) – paper: Bridging language barriers through e-learning in South African high schools.

4) International Conference on Writing Research (15th SIG Writing Conference), Liverpool, UK (2-6 July 2016) – paper: Writing myself to teach: self-directed writing among South African student teachers.

5) CAES International Conference 2017 – Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, Hong Kong, China (1-3 June 2017) – paper: Electronic resource selection towards effective EAP self-directed writing practice.

6) Biennial Teaching-learning Colloquium, Gouda, The Netherlands (20-24 November 2017) NWU-Driestar Educatief – paper: Playing multimodally and multilingually: language attitude planning by means of an educational game at university level.

7) Approaches to Multimodal Digital Environments: from theories to practices (A-MODE), Rome, Italy (20-22 June 2019) – paper: Situated and culturally appropriate self-directed multimodal learning for education students at a South African university.

8) Fourth Open and Distance Learning Conference in Namibia: The Role of Open, Distance and eLearning in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), 23-25 October 2019 Windhoek, Namibia – paper: Paving the way towards success in terms of the 4th Industrial Revolution: The affordances of multimodal multiliteracies (presented with Erkkie Haipinge).

9) Creative Commons Global Summit 2020, Online (19-24 October 2020) – paper: Research trends on open education in Southern Africa since 2010: a systematic review and implications (presented with Amit Dhakulkar).

10) Keynote: International Conference on Digital Content Management, Online (17 May 2021): Research ethics for digital content management in a multimodal context: Data analytics and the evanescence of research participants.

11) Keynote: ITEC 2021: International Teacher Education Conference, Cyprus, Online (29 July 2021): Student-centred multimodal learning: Facilitating student agency and self-directed learning online.

12) Open Education Global Conference, Online (27 September – 1 October 2021) – two papers:
– Open translanguaging as internal localization: towards inclusive and equitable access of quality OER
– Making open visible: A multinational undergraduate student network for mapping OER (with Tiago Soares, Tel Amiel, Yuliana Puerta, Andrea Beatriz Bartoli, Fatima Bdair, Luca Pelerino, Robson da Cruz de Mesquita and Sebastián Zapateiro Núñez).

13) NOMSA21 Open Up and Connect: Education in a Digital Era online conference (6-7 December 2021) – three papers:
– A review of OER research in Southern Africa (with Amit Dhakulkar)
– The fellowship of the OER ring: How to tackle the dark lord of copyright (with Amit Dhakulkar and Byron Bunt)
– How to Create Commons: An overview of assorted libre creation tools (with Amit Dhakulkar).

14) Open Educational Practices at Texas Woman’s University (OEP@TWU): Working toward a More Equitable Classroom conference (20 April 2022): Tools for Creating the Commons (with Amit Dhakulkar).

15) Keynote: Perspectives in Teaching, Learning and Assessment During COVID 19 Pandemic MIER College of Education (20 May 2022): Self-directed learning through renewable assessments: Students as producers in open education.

16) Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF10) in Calgary, Canada (14-16 September 2022):
– Paper: Towards sustainable open educational practices: The NWU OER Fellows as a Case Study (with Amit Dhakulkar and Byron Bunt)
– Poster: Exploring the use of Open Education Practices in undergraduate, interprofessional collaborative learning (with Yolande Heymans, Christo Bisschoff, Baaqira Ebrahim, Jessica Pool, Rhea Koch, and Christmal Christmals).

17) Open Education for a Better World Eduscope 2022 in Nova Gorica, Slovenia (online attendance) – three papers:
– Optimising an open education fellowship: Promoting open education at a South African university (with Amit Dhakulkar)
– Adapting a Constructivist Approach to Online Learning: Exploring Emerging Needs and the Way Forward (with Sneh Bansal and Savita Sharma)
– Developing an OER to support reading and writing in Dagbani (with Musah Fuseini).

18) Keynote: Learning Loss in the context of Korea and Australia: eSymposium, 4-5 November 2022: Learning loss across different education sectors: Losses, Opportunities and Student Success.

Previous other presentations

1) Webinar, The “Belt and Road” Open Education Learning Week, Smart Learning Institute, Beijing Normal University (21 March 2018): Opening up OER opportunities: exploring OER affordances for vocational education in South Africa.

2) Presentations at the NWU Open Access Week
Being able to read open educational resources: exploring multiliteracies in support of equitable open knowledge (22 October 2018, Vanderbijlpark).
Decolonizing the curriculum and equitable open knowledge: affordances of localized open educational resources (26 October 2018, Potchefstroom).

3) Presentation at Botswana Open University (Gaborone, Botswana, 19 November 2018): Reusing and revising open educational resources: multiliteracies for open epistemological and demiurgic access.

4) Open Education Week: 24-Hour Global CC Network Web-a-thon (Online, 5 March 2019): Exploring the multiliteracies to support access to OER in South Africa.

5) Open Education Week, North-West University (Potchefstroom, 8 March 2019): Introducing Open Educational Resources.

6) Presentations at the University of Namibia (Windhoek, Namibia, 1 April 2019):
Instructional equivalence and intersemiotic translation: multimodal learning through face-to-face and online modalities
A multiliteracies framework for self-directed learning by means of OER

7) Open Access Week, North-West University (Potchefstroom, 21 October 2019): Towards lingual equity: the language of open knowledge.

8) Presentation on online language platforms at the launch of the VIVA Language and Language Teaching portal (Virtuele Instituut vir Afrikaans (VivA) Taalportaal en Taalonderrigportaal) for Afrikaans which also includes open educational resources. (Online, 21 May 2020)

9) Webinar presented for Nelson Mandela University Open Education Colloquium 20 Webinar Series: Localizing open educational resources: promoting multilingualism through open education. (Online, 23 September 2020).

10) Online presentation for the Belt and Road Science Education Forum 2020: An overview of science education in South Africa (Online, 9 November 2020).

11) Seminar hosted by UNISA’s UNESCO Chair on Open Distance Learning (ODL): Self-directed multimodal learning in the Open Distance Learning space (Online, 11 November 2020).

12) Invited guest speaker – presentation: Towards becoming researcher 3.0: shifting from lector/scriptor to socially responsible academic influencer. Durban University of Technology Council Staff & Research and Innovation Awards Ceremony 2020 (Online, 15 December 2020).

13) Online workshop: Introduction to open licensing and copyright for open pedagogy. North-West University, 3 March 2021.

14) Webinar presented for LEarning & Teaching INnovations (LET-IN R&D), Turkey: Collaborative Learning and Assessment in Distance Education: Student-generated Short Videos, 1 April 2021.

15) Online workshop presented for UNISA: Researching open educational resources: Recent trends and opportunities in Southern Africa, 19 April 2021.

16) Online webinar presented for the NWU Centre for Teaching and Learning: Adaptation and localisation of open educational resources. North-West University, 21 June 2021.

17) Online presentation as part of the International Online Course on “Management and Monitoring of Teaching Process in Virtual Space”, Iran, Online (15 July 2021): Challenges of digital content production.

18) Online workshop presented as part of the UNISA 2021 Open Distance and e-Learning Conference: Teaching and researching for and with openness: Towards acculturation of open educational praxis. UNISA, 3 August 2021.

19) Webinar OER for Microlearning as part of the Open Education Week, National eLearning Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10 March 2022) together with Rory McGreal, Wayne Mackintosh, Mpine Makoe and Rami Alsakran.

20) Presentation E-Learning as a Catalyst for Human Capital Development in Africa: Perspectives from South Africa at The Seventh Annual Multi Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs on 5 May 2022 at the invitation of the South African Department of Science and Innovation.

21) Panel member in the Education in times of crises seminar which was part of the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022 with professors Daniel Burgos, Anita Tabacco, Jon Mason, Katherine Wimpenny & Saida Affouneh (17 May 2022).

22) Online webinar presented for e/merge Africa (24 May 2022): OER and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa.

Professorial inaugural address

Multimodaling and multilanguaging: charting student (open) access and (communal) success through multiliteracies. Professorial inaugural address presented on 17 August 2018 at Potchefstroom, South Africa.