Dr Bennie Botha
Position
Lecturer
Department
Computer Science and Informatics
Address
Computer Science and Informatics
IB 65
UFS
Telephone
0514012229
Office
Mathematical Sciences Building 208
Information

Short CV

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. CSI (Computer Science and Informatics) - 2023 (UFS)
  • M.Sc. Computer Science and Informatics - 2019 (UFS)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Information Technology - 2017 (UFS)
  • B.Sc. Information Technology - 2015 (UFS)
  • Certificate in Simulation - 2013 (Drexel - College of Nursing and Health Professions, USA) 

Conference Presentations

 

  • Botha, B. S. Hugo van Dyk, L. & Nyoni C. Desktop based virtual reality to enhance role clarification in interprofessional education. Doha, Qatar University. All Together Better Health Conference 2023 (6 - 9 November 2023)
  • Hugo van Dyk, L.  Botha, B. S. & Nyoni C. An online programme for clinical facilitator in health professions education: A missed opportunity for IPE. Doha, Qatar University. All Together Better Health Conference 2023 (6 - 9 November 2023)
  • Botha, B. S. & Nyoni C. Simulations vs. Virtual Reality - which path will you take? The University of the Free State. Teaching and Learning Conference 2023 (13 - 15 September 2023)
  • Hugo van Dyk, L & Botha, B. S. Embrace the Tech-olution: Empowering Tomorrow`s Nurse Educators. The University of the Free State. Teaching and Learning Conference 2022 (13 - 15 September 2023)
  • Botha, B. S. & de Wet, L. A Pilot Study for Measuring the Usability and User-Experience of Immersive Virtual Reality Navigation Methods. The 2nd International Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering (ICECCME). Maldives, Male (16 - 18 November 2022)
  • Botha, B. S. & Fourie, C. Scenarios for Virtual Clinical Simulation to Train Nursing Students at a South African University. Future Technology Conference (FTC). Vancouver (20 - 21 October 2022)
  • Botha, B. S. The ‘reality’ of extended reality in health care education: Not just for show. The University of the Free State. Teaching and Learning Conference 2022 (14 - 16 September 2022)
  • Hugo van Dyk, L & Botha, B. S. Organs in your face: students’ experiences of immersive virtual reality. The University of the Free State. Teaching and Learning Conference 2022 (14 - 16 September 2022)
  • Botha, B. S. & de Wet, L. Using Design Science Research to Create a Virtual Environment for Nursing Students. African Conference on Information Systems and Technology. Malawi (25 - 26 August 2022)
  • Botha, B.S.; Hugo-van Dyk, L & Nyoni, C. Immersive Virtual Reality in COVID-19 times. SAAHE2021 Virtual Conference (21 – 25 June 2021)
  • Botha, B. S., de Wet, L. & Botma, Y. A Conceptual Framework for the Development of a Virtual Environment in Healthcare Education. Sigma`s 32nd International Nursing Research Virtual Congress (21 - 23 July 2021)
  • Botha, B. S. Undergraduate nursing student experiences in using Immersive Virtual Reality to manage a patient with a foreign object in the airways. The University of the Free State. Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 (22 September 2020)

Botha, B. S. Impacts of venue management systems on simulation session effectiveness. The University of Pretoria. Student Symposium in Natural and Agricultural Sciences 2017 (3 November 2017).

 

 

Poster presentations

  • Botha, B. S., de Wet, L. & Botma, Y. Usability of a foreign body object scenario in VR for nursing education. Online Virtual Conference. 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (24 and 26 March 2020)
  • Botha, B. S., de Wet, L. & Botma, Y. Development of a Virtual Environment for Immersive Virtual Clinical Simulation in South Africa: Experiences, Challenges and Lessons Learnt. SAAHE2021 Virtual Conference (21 – 25 June 2021)

Publications

  • Botha, B. S., Hugo-van Dyk, L., & Nyoni, C. N. (2023). Simulating infection prevention and control through virtual reality: a vehicle for equity, diversity, and inclusivity in Africa. Frontiers in Education, 8(October). https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2023.1214321
  • Fourie, C., Botma, Y., & Botha, B. S. (2023). High-fidelity burns moulage makes simulations “Come Alive.” Teaching and Learning in Nursing. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2023.10.019
  • Nyoni, C. N., van der Merwe, A., Botha, B. S., Fourie, C., Botma, Y., Labuschagne, M. J., & van Wyk, R. (2023). Health sciences educator’s simulation debriefing practice needs: A mixed methods study. Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 12(1)(55), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.4103/jehp.jehp_1011_22
  • Botha, B. S. & Wet, L. De. (2022). A Pilot Study for Measuring the Usability and User- Experience of Immersive Virtual Reality Navigation Methods. In International Conference on Electrical, Computer, Communications and Mechatronics Engineering (ICECCME 2022) (pp. 1969–1974). Male, Maldives: IEEE Retrieved from http://www.iceccme.com/ICECCME2022_Proceedings.pdf
  • Hugo-Van Dyk, L., Nyoni, C., Williams, M., & Botha, B. (2022). Preceptor support during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recommendations for continuing development. Curationis, 45(1), 10 pages. doi: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v45i1.2370
  • Botha, B. S. & Fourie, C. (2023). Scenarios for Virtual Clinical Simulation to Train Nursing Students at a South African University. In Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2022, Volume 3 (pp. 724–733). Springer International Publishing https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-18344-7_51
  • Botha, B. & De wet, L. (2022). Using Design Science Research to Create a Virtual Environment for Nursing Students. In THE 8TH ANNUAL ACIST PROCEEDINGS (2022) (pp. 1–11). Malawi University of Science & Technology, Malawi.
  • Botha, B. S. & Mulder, M. (2021). Planning and facilitating remote objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) for wound care students in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 13(3), 193–194 https://doi.org/10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i3.1507
  • Botha, B. S., Hugo-van Dyk, L. & Nyoni, C. N. (2021). The reality of virtual reality at a South African university during the COVID-19 pandemic. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 13(3), 199–200 https://doi.org/10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i3.1503
  • Botha, B. S., de Wet, Lizette & Botma, Yvonne, e1983, CAVW-20-0013.R1, Experts` review of a virtual environment for virtual clinical simulation in South Africa, Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, 1546-4261, https://doi.org/10.1002/cav.1983.
  • Botha, B. S., Lizette de Wet & Botma Yvonne, Undergraduate Nursing Student Experiences in Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Manage a Patient with a Foreign Object in the Right Lung, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2021, 56, 76–83.  ISSN 1876-1399, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.10.008.
  • Botha, B. S., de Wet, L. & Botma, Y. (2020). Usability of a Foreign Body Object Scenario in VR for Nursing Education. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW) (pp. 787–788). Atlanta https://doi.org/10.1109/VRW50115.2020.00242

Research

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Extended Reality
  • Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Area(s) of Interest

  • Unity Programming and Game Design
  • Extended Reality
  • Health Care Simulators for education
  • Computer hardware and Software

Area(s) of Expertise

 

Courses Presented

  • CSIS1553 - Computer Hardware
  • CSIS3744 - Networking

Community Service

  • SAAHE Central Regional Management (ICT Portfolio) (2021 – Current)
  • SAAHE National Executive Management (Treasurer) (2022 – Current)
  • Paray School of Nursing in Lesotho Senate (2018 – Current)


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