Prof Liezel Nel
Position
Adjunct Professor
Department
Computer Science and Informatics
Address
WWG 310
Computer Sciences and Informatics
IB 65
RA068
Telephone
051 4013591
Office
Mathematical Sciences Building 310
Information

Short CV

Liezel started her tertiary education at the UFS in 1993 where she completed her B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.Sc.Hons. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Geographic Information Systems) and Ph.D. (Higher Education Studies) degrees.

From 1997 until March 2003 she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Information Technology at the Central University of Technology (former Technikon Free State). During this time she was responsible for the lecturing of various courses, including System Analysis & Design, Databases, Principles of Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, User Interfaces and Internet Programming, from 2nd year up to B.Tech level. Liezel joined our department in April 2003 and is currently responsible for the Introduction to Web development and Advanced Internet Programming modules. 

Over the past few years she has presented research papers at several national and international conferences and was co-author of various published articles. Her current research focuses on the use of various educational technologies in facilitating undergraduate IT courses through a blended delivery mode. She is also responsible for a Masters module that focuses on various aspects of Educational Technology.

Publications (Short List)

PUBLICATIONS (ACCREDITED JOURNALS)

Nel, G., Nel, L. & Cronje, J. 2015. Attributes contributing to students` use of quality software development practices. African Journal of Information and Communications (AJIC). Article in press.

Rambe, P.J. & Nel, L. 2015. Technological utopia, dystopia and ambivalence: Teaching with Social Media at a South African university.  British Journal of Educational Technology 46(3): 629-648.

Nel, L. & Ndereya, C.N. 2011. Enhancing online social presence: The role of communication. Progressio. 33(1): 116-137.

Nel, E. & Wilkinson, A.C. 2008. Establishing a preliminary framework for effective blended learning practices in the undergraduate classroom: A South African perspective on selected aspects. South African Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 22(1), p. 146-176.

Nel, L. & Wilkinson, A. 2006. Enhancing Collaborative Learning in a Blended Learning Environment: Applying a Process Planning Model. Systemic Practice & Action Research, Vol. 19, p. 553-576. 

Wilkinson, A.C., Wilkinson, L. & Nel, G. 2001. Balancing quality and access in higher education. Acta Academica. 33(2): 127-145.

PUBLICATIONS (OTHER)

Nel, G. & Nel, L. 2015. Improving program quality: The role of process measurement data. In E. Coleman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 44th annual Southern African Computer Lecturers Association (SACLA 2015) (pp.1-6), 02-03 July, Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. ISBN: 978-0-620-65158-5.

Rambe, P.J. & Nel, L. 2013. A reality check on student mobile adoption and content creation in resource-constrained environments. In M. Ciussi & M. Augier (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2013) (Vol 2, pp. 401-410). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited (ACPI). ISBN: 978-1-909507-84-5.

Rambe, P.J. & Nel, L. 2013. Student perceptions on the usefulness of educational technologies at a South African university. In M. Ciussi & M. Augier (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2013) (Vol 2, pp. 411-419). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited (ACPI). ISBN: 978-1-909507-84-5.

Nel, L. 2010. Bridging teaching-learning gaps: Engagement through technology. Proceedings of the 2010 conference of the South African Computer Lecturers Association (SACLA Proceedings 2010). Pretoria: University of Pretoria. ISBN: 978-0-620-47173-2.

Nel, L. 2010. Blended learning in South African undergraduate classrooms: Directives for the effective use of a Learning Management System. In P.A. van Brakel (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th annual conference on World Wide Web applications (WWW 2010). Cape Town: Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Available from http://www.zaw3.co.za/index.php/ZA-WWW/2010/paper/viewFile/236/84

Nel, L. & Wilkinson, A. 2007. Blended Learning, Collaboration and Cultural Diversity: South African Perspectives. New learning 2.0? Emerging digital territories, Developing communities – New divides. EDEN annual conference, 13- 16 June 2007, Naples, Italy. Book of abstracts and electronic proceedings (CD). ISBN: 978-963-06-2655-2.

Nel, E. 2006. Enhancing online collaboration practices in South African undergraduate classrooms. Proceedings of the 8th annual conference on World Wide Web applications (5 - 6 September 2006). Editor: Van Brakel, PA. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Available from http://www.uj.ac.za/www2006/documents/proceedings/Nel,_E_Online_collaboration_in_SA_classrooms.pdf

Nel, E. 2005. Creating meaningful blended learning experiences in a South African higher education classroom: An action inquiry (Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis). Bloemfontein: University of the Free State.
 
Nel. G. & Wilkinson, L. 2001. Where is the “Any Key”, Sir? Experiences of an African Teacher-To-Be. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5 – 10 March 2001. p.365 – 370.

Wilkinson, A.C. & Wilkinson, L. 2001. Teachers On-Line in Africa: The Issue of Access. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5 1- 10 March 2001. p.3090 – 3095.

Wilkinson, L. & Nel. G. 2001. “Adopt-a-School” – A Program of Hope in a South African Community. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5 – 10 March 2001. p. 2822 – 2823.

PAPERS DELIVERED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES

Nel, G. & Nel, L. 2015. Improving program quality: The role of process measurement data. The 44th annual Southern African Computer Lecturers Association (SACLA 2015), 02-03 July 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nel, L. 2014. Enhancing student engagement through collaborative tablet-based classroom activities. Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Conference. Bloemfontein. November 2014.

Mase, M.B. & Nel, L. 2014. An exploration of student learning through the use of real and simulated learning environments. Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Conference. Bloemfontein. November 2014.

Nel, L. 2011. 21st Century Teaching Tales. Paper delivered at the annual conference of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA). Port Elizabeth. December 2011.

Nel, L. 2010. Bridging teaching-learning gaps: Engagement through technology. Annual conference of the South African Computer Lecturers Association (SACLA 2010). Pretoria. June 2010.

Nel, L. 2010. Blended learning in South African undergraduate classrooms: Directives for the effective use of a Learning Management System. 12th Annual conference on World Wide Web applications (WWW 2010). Durban. 21 - 23 September 2010.

Nel, L. & Ndereya, C.N. 2010. Enhancing online social presence: The role of communication. NADEOSA-NWU Distance learning and education conference 2010. Potchefstroom. September 2010. 

Ndereya, C.N. & Nel. L. 2009. Online collaboration: Facilitating to Fulfil Cognitive & Social Objectives. Paper delivered at the 2009 Blackboard: Africa User Conference. Bloemfontein. 16-17 April 2009.

Smart, A., Van der Linde, L., Wilkinson, A. & Nel, L. 2009. From Barriers to Implementation: A Case Study in Implementing E-Learning on a Campus. Paper delivered at the 2009 Blackboard: Africa User Conference. Bloemfontein. 16-17 April 2009.

Ndereya, C.N. & Nel, L. 2009. Enhancing social presence to humanise the online learning environment. Poster to be presented at the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Conference at the University of Johannesburg in November 2009.

Van Jaarsveldt, D. & Nel, L. 2009. Culture and technology: A challenge for higher education. Paper to be presented at the New Generation University Conference at Vaal University of Technology in November 2009.

Nel, E. 2007. Communication & Interaction in the Blended Learning Environment: Perspectives Gained in an Action Inquiry. Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Conference 2007. Bloemfontein. 19-21 November 2007.

Nel, E. & Wilkinson, A.C. 2006. Voices from a South African blended learning classroom: Reflections based on an action research diary. Annual conference of the Education Association of South Africa (EASA – OVSA 2006). Bloemfontein. 18 - 20 January 2006. 

Nel, E. 2006. Enhancing online collaboration practices in South African undergraduate classrooms. 8th Annual conference on World Wide Web applications. Bloemfontein. 5 - 6 September 2006. 

Wilkinson, A.C. & Nel, E. 2002.Perspectives on indicators of good practice in South African higher education. Paper delivered at the annual conference of the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE), Peninsula Technikon, Cape Town, July 2002. 

Wilkinson, A.C. & Wilkinson, E. 2001. Quality Practice in Distance/On-line Education – Applying Global Standards in South African Higher Education. Biannual conference of the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE 2001). Bloemfontein. March 2001. 

Wilkinson, A.C., Wilkinson E. & Nel G. 2000. Quality assurance in Higher Education: Will Cybereducation pass the test? Conference on Information Technology in Tertiary Education (CITTE) 2000. Port Elizabeth. June 2000.

Wilkinson, E. 2000. Online Education: Issues of Quality and Access. Technikon Computer Lecturers’ Association (TECLA) Conference 2000. Durban. March 2000.

PAPERS DELIVERED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

Rambe, P.J. & Nel, L. 2013. A reality check on student mobile adoption and content creation in resource-constrained environments. The 12th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2013), 30-31 October 2013, Sophia Antipolis, France.

Rambe, P.J. & Nel, L. 2013. Student perceptions on the usefulness of educational technologies at a South African university. The 12th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2013), 30-31 October 2013, Sophia Antipolis, France. 

Nel, L. & Wilkinson, A. 2007. Blended Learning, Collaboration and Cultural Diversity: South African Perspectives. Annual Conference of the European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat (EDEN 2007). Naples, Italy. 13-16 June 2007. 

Nel, L. 2005. Incorporating Student Feedback in the Enhancement of Online Collaborative Activities. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computers in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (4th ICCTHE). Beijing, China. July 2005.

Nel, L. & Wilkinson, A. 2005. Design for Interaction: The Implementation of a Collaborative E-Learning Approach in Undergraduate Education. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computers in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (4th ICCTHE). Beijing, China. July 2005.

Nel. G. & Wilkinson, L. 2001. Where is the “Any Key”, Sir? Experiences of an African Teacher-To-Be. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5-10 March 2001.

Wilkinson, A.C. & Wilkinson, L. 2001. Teachers On-Line in Africa: The Issue of Access. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5-10 March 2001.

Wilkinson, L. & Nel. G. 2001. “Adopt-a-School” – A Program of Hope in a South African Community. 12th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE 2001). Orlando, USA. 5-10 March 2001.

Nel, L. & Wilkinson, A. 2007. Blended Learning, Collaboration and Cultural Diversity: South African Perspectives. New learning 2.0? Emerging digital territories, Developing communities – New divides. EDEN annual conference, 13- 16 June 2007, Naples, Italy. Book of abstracts and electronic proceedings (CD). ISBN: 978-963-06-2655-2.

Area(s) of Interest

Computer Science Education Research

Educational Technology

Blended learning
E-learning
Action Research
Collaborative learning
Human-Computer Interaction
Instructional Design
Internet Programming
Web Usability

Courses Presented

  • Introduction to the Internet and web page development (1st Year level)
  • Advanced Internet Programming (3rd Year level)
  • Educational Technology (Masters level)

FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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