Nadeosa 2021 Virtual Conference Keynote speakers

Conferernce Dates: 11 – 13 May 2021

Conference Theme: Preparing for the Future: Shaping Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) in Post School Education and Training (PSET)

Conference sub-themes

  1. Transforming PSET institutions offering distance and online learning to be inclusive and equitable for the 4IR. 
  2. The role and readiness of educators and administrators in an evolving PSET sector (policies, strategies, practices, skills and competencies). 
  3. ODeL models, methodologies and pedagogies for the future. 
  4. Student access, retention, success and employability. 
  5. Promoting PSET and collaborative practice (e.g. industry partnership, public and private sector, government etc.) in the era of the 4IR. 
  6. ODeL in the TVET sector.
  7. Collaborative Online International Learning (e.g. advancing curriculum transformation, decolonising the curriculum through international online collaboration, best practices, student experiences, etc.)

The conference will have 38 parallel presentations that will address the above sub-themes.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Marinkie Madiope (Keynote speaker) 

Dr Marinkie is the Campus Principal of the Distance and E-Learning Campus at the University of Free 
State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She was formerly the Director of the University Teaching and Learning and Head of Curriculum Transformation at the University of South Africa. Dr Madiope was the winner of the Gender Activism: Advocacy and Promotion of Women's Rights and University of South Africa Woman of the Year awards in 2013.

Prof Louis Fourie  (Keynote speaker)

A former Vice Chancellor of Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Prof Louis Fourie is technology strategist and consults internationally to governments, industry, and educational institutions. Louis is the author of a weekly column on Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies in the Business Report of the Independent Media Group.

Prof Nthabiseng Ogude  (Discussant)

Prof Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude is a Science Educator and currently Professor and Dean at the Mamelodi Campus of the University of Pretoria. She has 29 years experience in tertiary education, thirteen of which were in strategic leadership positions. Professor Ogude is currently the Vice-President of the Pan African University Council, a continental effort under the African Union which brings together research capacity from existing institutions to address common problems such as climate change

Prof Francois Strydom (Discussant)

Prof. Francois Strydom is currently the Senior Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Free State. He has been the project leader of the South African Surveys of Student Engagement (SASSE) since 2007, a project that is funded by the Kresge Foundation and works with 17 public higher education institutions across the country. He is the recipient of various research grants and has published several articles focused on higher education issues.

Prof Mpine Makoe (Discussant)

Prof Mpine Makoe is the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Education Practices/ Resources at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated research professor in Open Distance eLearning (ODeL). She is also an OER ambassador for International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) and a director of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). She holds a PhD in Educational Technology, MSc in Research Methods in Educational Technology from the Open University, UK, and MA in Journalism from the University of Michigan. 

Jenny Glennie (Chair of the discussion panel)

Ms Glennie is the Founding Director of Saide – a not for profit organization committed to enabling successful open learning for all. As Director she has overseen a variety of studies and interventions aimed at improving the contribution of distance education in South Africa and the region, in particular, through its contribution to quality criteria. She was the founding president of South Africa's distance education association, NADEOSA.
Ms Glennie was appointed by the Minister in 2013 to oversee the establishment of Sol Plaatje University through chairing the five-person Interim Council set up for this purpose and is deputy chair of its Council.  She served two terms as the South African government's representative on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL). She has received honorary awards from both Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) for her significant contribution to distance education and the University of Pretoria for her contribution to education in South Africa.

Dr Trudi Van Wyk (Discussant)

Trudi van Wyk is the Chief Director: Social Inclusion and Quality in the Department of Higher Education and Training and is responsible for Social Inclusion and Equity, the National Qualifications Framework, Career Development Services, ICT in education and Open Learning.  She is responsible for managing the implementation of open and distance learning policies and frameworks in the post-school sector. From 2009 - 2012 she was the Education Specialist: eLearning at the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada where she worked mainly with governments and institutions at strategic and implementation levels in the Caribbean, Africa, South-East Asia and Pacific to implement Open and Distance Learning, ICT and Open Educational Resources (OER).  She has 38 years’ experience in education and training and published in the areas of Open Educational Resources; Digital Health Literacy, ICT in Education and ICT Competencies for Teachers. 



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  • Conferences and Workshops

    Nadeosa hosts an annual distance education conference. We also host smaller workshops providing our members an opportunity to engage on matters of mutual interest or concern. In other cases our workshops aim to introduce new concepts or technologies related to distance education.

  • Networks

    Over the years NADEOSA has built-up strong networks of people involved in distance education in South Africa, the rest of Africa and elsewhere in the world.Our members have engaged extensively with regional associations such as Deasa and international distance education organisations such as the Commonwealth of Learning, International Council for Distance Education, European Distance Education Network, Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia. The network has been further strengthened through ongoing interaction with educational institutions providing both distance education and other flexible learning methods.

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Aims of the Association

The overarching aim of this Association is to provide a forum for South African organisations and individuals who are committed to increasing access to an affordable, cost-effective and quality learning environment in which learners are empowered to become self sufficient members of society.


  • To facilitate collaboration among distance education and open learning organisations in South Africa.
  • To advocate awareness, understanding, and application of distance education and open learning amongst policy makers, practitioners, and learners.
  • To promote research and evaluation of distance education and open learning in South Africa.
  • To exert influence with regard to adequate policy (including financial support) for distance education.
  • To advance the professional interests of distance education practitioners.
  • To promote and enhance quality assurance in distance education.

NADEOSA does not register or accredit distance education programmes.