Join TOGI‘s Free Higher Education Leadership Webinar with Prof Christo van der Westhuizen on Designing Active Online Learning Environments.
Prof Christo vd Westhuizen BIO
Prof Christo Van der Westhuizen, is currently Professor in Learning Technologies in the Department of Sciences and Technology Education at the Faculty of Education of the University of Johannesburg. He is an NRF-rated researcher in the field of ‘ICTs in active, blended learning environments to foster self-directed learning’ with application in different subject fields, primarily Geography Education, Computer Science Education, Engineering Graphics and Design Education, etc. He was awarded the EASA research medal for 2021. This award is given to established researchers who have shown to have contributed significantly to educational research in their field within the past 10 years.
His research focus is the effective integration of ICTs in blended and digital learning environments to foster self-directed learning. Current research projects and publications include: (1) Optimizing the community of inquiry’s presences in online self-directed teaching and learning environments; (2) Problem-based learning in online and blended learning environments supported by cooperative learning, (3) The application of video annotation (VideoANT) and LMS’s for effective assessment and reflection in micro- and practical teaching; (4) Fostering aspects of self-directed learning through personalised and adaptive instruction design in online learning environments with the support of machine learning. He has been working in the field of teacher education for the past 21 years which involves mainly the training of teachers. Prior to his university career, he has been a secondary school teacher and departmental head for 13 years. He is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE). ORCID 0000-0002-4762-8538.
When: The 5th of May 2023
Where: Microsoft Teams
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