School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Academic Delivers Virtual Classrooms Presentation at Conference in Austria

Community Development Lecturer Dr Zifikile Phindile Shangase of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) presented her research on virtual classrooms at an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Dr Zikifile Phindile Shangase (bottom right) with delegates at the ICT Conference in Austria.
Dr Zikifile Phindile Shangase (bottom right) with delegates at the ICT Conference in Austria.

Shangase was invited to present her work by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between Europe and South Africa (ESASTAP 2020) project. She was selected to be part of the delegation via a rigorous selection process facilitated by a team of experts.

The conference was a research and innovation event organised by DG: CONNECT that focused on the European Union’s (EU) priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It presented an opportunity for possible research collaboration in this important area between research communities in the EU and South Africa.

DST worked with the EU and the ESASTAP 2020 project in convening the showcase event to promote cooperation and networking between SA and EU researchers in ICT.

Shangase spoke on the virtual classroom project to design a relevant virtual learning model that can be integrated within current curricula in order to enhance quality and effectiveness in higher education teaching and learning. ‘This project will improve the learning experience, skills and competencies of students thereby improving learning outcomes, and making education accessible via mobile devices,’ she explained.

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