I am the director of the Research Focus Area Self-Directed Learning as well as a professor in the subject group Computer Science Education at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus. My main research focus is the promotion of Self-Directed Learning through the implementation of a number of identified teaching- and learning strategies, eg. Cooperative Learning, Problem-Based Learning, assessment strategies and the incorporation of different technologies into the learning environment. It is important to continually seek, find and research new strategies and contexts that may contribute to the enhancement of Self-Directed Learning skills.
RESEARCH OUTPUTS, AWARDS AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
I am an NRF-rated researcher and have received several research awards from 1999 to 2015, including various NRF bursaries and grants, an NRF Thuthuka research project grant, a SANPAD project grant, an NRF Education Research in South Africa project grant on Cooperative Learning to promote Self-Directed Learning, as well as six Vice-Chancellor awards for excellence. I have published on national and international level, including 38 articles in accredited and peer-reviewed journals, as well as 15 book chapters. I was editor or co-editor of three academic books and presented or was co-author of 52 academic presentations and papers presented at national as well as international conferences. I promoted and co-promoted ten PhD studies and supervised or co-supervised twelve MEd studies and I regularly get requests to evaluate external dissertations and theses. Professionally, I am a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and act on the editorial boards of three scientific journals.