People

Neil Morris – Principal Investigator

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning.

Laura Czerniewicz – Principal Investigator

Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz became the first Director of the newly formed Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in August 2014. Appointed as the first director of the Centre for Education Technology (CET) in 2005, Laura was behind UCT’s first educational technology policy and at the forefront of bringing technology more firmly into the classroom in a traditional university. In 2010, she was seconded to run OpenUCT, spearheading the open scholarship agenda, (including the UCT Open Access policy and repository) and then mainstreaming the work into the university library.

 

Alan Cliff – Co-Investigator

Dr Alan Cliff is an Associate Professor and co-ordinator of the Staff Development cluster at CILT. He teaches courses in educational psychology, educational assessment and adult education to mostly postgraduate education students and convenes courses in educational assessment and evaluation for students at certificate, diploma and master’s levels.

 

Bronwen Swinnerton – Co-Investigator

Dr Bronwen Swinnerton is a research fellow in digital learning in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Her previous roles have involved developing blended learning and online training and teaching materials, both in the private sector and at the University of Leeds. Her background is in education research, having worked in the history of education, research in assessment and evaluation and in digital learning for many years.

 

Sukaina Walji – Project Consultant

Sukaina Walji is an Online Education Project Manager at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) and supports the development of and implementation of the University of Cape Town’s online education strategy and online education initiatives. Her research interests span MOOCs, Open Education, Online Learning Design and Research Communications. She is the former Project Manager for UCTs MOOC Implementation Team and former Research Communications Advisor for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development in the Global South (ROER4D) programme.

 

Mariya Ivancheva – Project Researcher

Dr Mariya Ivancheva is a Bulgarian anthropologist and sociologist. Her doctoral dissertation (Central European University, 2013) explored the role of Venezuelan socialist intellectuals in the establishment of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela: an alternative model of mass university set in a socialist state in the Global South and working against the grain of neoliberal higher education reforms.


Rebecca Swartz
– Project Researcher

Dr Rebecca Swartz is an African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, based at the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to taking up this role she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Unbundling Higher Education Project, based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She continues to be involved with the project, providing insights around findings and writing outputs. Previous research has focused on comparative histories of education in the nineteenth century British Empire. Her background is in history, with a specific focus on histories of education.

 

Taryn Coop – Project Researcher

Taryn Coop is a Research Assistant in International Higher Education and Digital Learning in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. She graduated as a high school mathematics teacher from the University of Witwatersrand in 2011 after which she taught at a rural school in Mpumalanga, South Africa. In 2015, she received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute to study at Stockholm University and graduated with an MSc in International and Comparative Education in June 2017. Taryn is interested in the link between education and democratic participation, the operationalisation of complexity theory and the use of visualisation and mapping techniques to represent issues in education.

 

Rada Mogliacci – Project Researcher

Dr Rada Jancic Mogliacci is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Unbundling Higher Education Project, based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She obtained her PhD in Human Development in Social and Cultural Research from Bielefeld University (Germany). In recent years, her work has been particularly focused on teacher education, as well as education policies formulation and implementation in the Global South with the special interest in inequalities in education provision. Before joining CILT in January 2018, she was a researcher at the Centre for International Teacher Education, CPUT (South Africa), and NTNU (Norway).