Keynote Speakers

Sadly, our original keynote speakers, David Boud and Angela Brew have had to cancel their trip to South Africa at very short notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

We are very pleased to announce though, that we have secured two excellent keynote speakers, whom we thank most profusely for availing themselves at such short notice.

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz: Director - Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (UCT)

lauraA scholar, strategist and educator, Laura Czerniewicz has worked in the field of educational technology at the University of Cape Town for over a decade, previously working in teaching, teacher training and publishing in Zimbabwe and South Africa. She is the  director of UCT's Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT); until recently she headed the university's initiative to open up its knowledge resources to all with internet connectivity and engage in the open education agenda from a Southern perspective - OpenUCT. Prior to that she was the founding director of the Centre for Educational Technology. Her research interests include scholars' and students' digitally-mediated practices; and social and digital inclusion in a changing higher education environment. She blogs from time to time at and can be found on Twitter as @czernie

Professor Chrissie Boughey - Dean: Teaching and Learning, Rhodes University.

ChrissieChrissie came to South Africa in 1999 after spending many years teaching English as a second/foreign language in places such as Spain, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She worked in Academic Development at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Zululand before taking up the post of Director of the CHERTL at Rhodes in 1999. Since then, she has been involved in a number of national initiatives directed at the assurance of quality and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. She supervises widely at doctoral level and, in 2005, was awarded a fellowship by the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education because of her work in Academic Development. Chrissie is currently the acting DVC Academic & Student Affairs at Rhodes University.