Co-Presenters

Charles Wachira

Charles Wachira, USA

Charles Wachira is the Director of Teaching & Learning at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He focuses on online learning, including course development, program production, and project management. His interests include exploring how education drives technology innovations and the impact that emerging technologies have on teaching, learning, and research. 

During the keynote Charles will discuss and present a case study regarding the use of Universal Design for Learning principles.

Nokuthula Vilakati

Nokuthula Vilakati, Eswatini

Nokuthula Vilakati is currently undertaking a PhD in Education research with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town. Her research focus is on academic staff development for working on curricula for distance and blended learning environments. She works for the University of Eswatini, where she has been part of a team undertaking a cross-national research project on rural student transition into higher education.

During the keynote Nokuthula will discuss and present a case study regarding the use of culturally respectful pre-course needs analysis.

Cassandra R. Stevenson and Alice S. N. Kim 

Cassandra R. Stevenson and Alice S. N. Kim, Canada

Cassandra is a recent graduate of York University, holding a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her career aspirations in Clinical-Developmental psychology are rooted in collaborative research and equity, with a strong passion for accessible education.

Alice is the Managing Director of Teaching and Learning Research In Action, a not-for-profit research organization focused on conducting and publicly disseminating research on teaching and learning. Her research is focused on factors that impact students’ learning trajectories, including student engagement, and application of cognitive learning principles in course design.

During the keynote Cassandra and Alice will discuss and present a case study regarding their own experience of a small scale action research where they implemented the students-as-partners model.

 Camille Dickson-Deane

Camille Dickson-Deane, Australia

Camille is a Senior Lecturer Higher Education Learning Design at UTS, in Australia.  Her core research area includes how individual differences are influenced by the pedagogical usability of online learning environments. She is an invited IBSTIPI scholar, an elected member of the AECT Board and serves as an editor for two top-tier journals ETR&D and JCHE.

During the keynote Camille will discuss and present a case study regarding the importance of bridging studies and real life, making learning relevant.