jakoolivier

jakoolivier

I am a professor in Multimodal Learning at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa and I currently hold the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources.

I obtained my PhD in 2011 in which I researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools by means of blended learning. Before I joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, I was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 I was a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts of the NWU after being appointed as associate professor in the Faculty of Education in 2015. In 2018 I was promoted to full professor at the NWU. My research, located within the NWU’s Research Unit for Self-directed Learning, is focused on self-directed multimodal learning, open educational resources, multiliteracies, individualized blended learning, e-learning in language classrooms, online multilingualism and macro-sociolinguistics.