Dr Nicola Pallitt


Academic Staff Development Practitioner: Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Specialist (at Lecturer level)


Nicola coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit. She offers capacity building and professional development opportunities for academics to use learning technologies effectively in their roles as educators and provides learning design support and consultation in relation to teaching with technology (technology integration) and blended and online teaching and learning. Nicola is passionate about using her Media Studies and Educational Technology background to support lecturers in Higher Education to design innovative technology-mediated learning interventions for their students. She believes in creating online materials and opportunities to enable meaningful and memorable learning experiences. She also supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses in Higher Education.

Broadly, her research interests pertain to expanding critical perspectives on educational technologies in Higher Education. In particular, Nicola’s research focuses on online facilitation and networking, learning design, online professional development, teaching portfolios, student video projects, networked scholarship, and digital storytelling. Her curiosity driven research area related to her Ph.D. research is digital games and she is one of the few Game Studies scholars in Africa.

Nicola is also a visiting lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town and co-convenes the fully online course, Facilitating Online, as part of e/merge Africa’s online offerings. e/merge Africa ia a project hosted at UCT, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is an online professional development network for educational technology researchers and practitioners based in African Higher Education. Nicola is a core team member of the network and assists with strategic partnerships, decision making, online event planning, facilitation, marketing and growing the community. Facilitating Online attracts lecturers and e-learning professionals from across the African continent and is facilitated by a diverse group of facilitators from across the continent. Nicola regularly represents the network at national and international conferences and events. As a member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), she is involved in and co-facilitates opportunities for collaboration between e/merge Africa and various divisions or the organisation. The AECT is an academic and professional association that promotes educational uses of technology. Members provide leadership in the field by promoting scholarship and best practices in instructional technology. Nicola has a strong interest in promoting inclusivity, diversity and recognising marginalised voices in the Educational Technology field.


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