Convening Committee Members:

Convenor: Nicola Pallitt (RHU) –

Nicola Pallitt coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit at Rhodes University. She offers professional development opportunities for academics to use learning technologies effectively in their roles as educators and provides learning design support and consultation in relation to teaching with technology (technology integration) and blended and online teaching and learning. Nicola is passionate about using her Media Studies and Educational Technology background to support lecturers in Higher Education to design innovative technology mediated learning interventions for their students. She believes in creating online materials and opportunities to enable meaningful and memorable learning experiences. She also supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses in Higher Education.

Broadly, her research interests pertain to expanding critical perspectives on educational technologies in Higher Education. In particular, Nicola’s research focuses on online facilitation and networking, learning design, online professional development, teaching portfolios, student video projects, networked scholarship and digital storytelling. Her curiosity driven research area related to her PhD research is digital games and she is one of the few Game Studies scholars in Africa.

Nicola is also a visiting lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town and co-convenes the fully online course, Facilitating Online, as part of e/merge Africa’s online offerings. e/merge Africa is a project hosted at UCT, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is an online professional development network for educational technology researchers and practitioners based in African Higher Education.

Co-convenor: Alanna Riley (UFH) –

Alanna Riley is a Teaching Development Consultant with the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Fort Hare. She has a Social Science and Education background and completed a Masters in Education in 2012 which focused on the use of a Learning Management System for the teaching and assessment of large classes. Alanna is currently involved in a number of different research projects including a PhD in Social Sciences. In so far as technology adoption and integration is concerned, she is driven by the soft stuff, the people behind the technology and how they are using it rather than the technology itself.

SIG description:

The TeL SIG seeks to provide space and opportunities for Academics and Academic Development Practitioners who are involved in or interested in Technology Enhanced Learning, affording members a variety of means and platforms through which to engage in an intellectual, conceptual and collaborative manner. It is envisaged that this emergent Community of Practice will draw on the strengths of its members in order to facilitate cooperation, collaboration and ongoing development in terms of teaching and learning strategies which effectively integrate technology into curricula in a meaningful way.


The TeL SIG will be hosting a Colloquium/Workshop in September. This event will be based on the input of the members.

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