Fifth INQAAHE Talks webinar on November 16

A joint webinar of INQAAHE and the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) 

This joint webinar session with the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) will focus on issues surrounding quality assurance of online and blended higher education within the Southern African context. As online and blended education becomes a more prevalent mode of delivery to support access and opportunity for a wide range of students across the region, issues surrounding quality become paramount. The need to share regional and international experiences of online and blended learning and the quality assurance thereof is opportune as we emerge from a time of significant change and now settle into planning of the future.  

Invited speakers will share findings from a survey report on how students accessed and used learning materials during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will further hear about the quality assurance of online learning from the Southern African perspective, and views on student-teacher experiences in online learning in Lesotho. Finally, they will share their insights on academic integrity and quality assurance of online and blended learning and will consider the global trends and best practices surrounding online and distance education.

Join us on November 16 (Wednesday) at 14:00 UTC (16:00 Johannesburg time) to learn more about the insights and expertise from:

Dr Whitfield Green

Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, an organisation mandated to conduct research on higher education, monitor trends in higher education, provide advice to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the apex organization for quality assurance of higher education in South Africa. 

Prof Richard Siaciwena

Vice Chancellor of the Zambian Open University (ZAOU) where he previously served as the Director of the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Extension Services

Dr Paballo Mokenela

Lecturer and Head of the Adult Education Department at the National University of Lesotho (NUL). She is responsible for the management and administration of the Diploma, Degree and Masters in Adult Education programmes which are delivered through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. 

Dr Godson Gatsha

Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Services at Botswana Open University (BOU). He is responsible for student support services and regional operations at BOU’s five regional campuses spread across Botswana.

Dr Deb Adair

President of INQAAHE and Executive Director of Quality Matters, an international non-profit organization providing a scalable quality assurance system for digital learning. 

This session will be chaired by:

Mary Catharine Lennon

Board Director of INQAAHE and Senior Policy Advisor at the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board of Ontario (PEQAB) and Research Associate with the Centre for Canadian and International Higher Education (CIHE).