Andrew Deacon

Team: Course and Curriculum Design

Andrew works on course and curriculum development projects. His current work focuses on learning analytics, learning design, large scale assessments and MOOCs. A focus of this work involves collecting and analysing educational data in support of monitoring, evaluation and research to inform decisions around learning design, course design, curriculum support and educational policy.





Contact details
021 650 ​5034
Room 7.38.8, Floor 7, PD Hahn Building



Recent publications

Czerniewicz, L; Glover, M; Deacon, A; Walji, S. (2016) MOOCs, openness and changing educator practices: an Activity Theory case study. Paper presented a the Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster, England, 9 - 11 May 2016. 

Glover, M; Czerniewicz, L; Walji, S; Deacon, A; Small, J. (2016) Approaches from the literature: Activity Theory, new tools and changing educators' practices. Poster for presentation at Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 17 - 20 November 2015.

Walji, S; Deacon, A; Small, J & Czerniewicz, L. (2016) Learning through engagement: MOOCs as an emergent form of provision in the Distance Education, 37(2), 208-223. VoR,, MS at

Czerniewicz, L.; Deacon, A.; Small, J. & Walji, S. (2014). Developing world MOOCs: a curriculum view of the MOOC landscape, Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies (JOGLTEP) Vol. 2, Issue 3, July 2014

Deacon, A.; Small, J. & Pallitt, N. (2013) Global Citizenship badges: Using gamification to recognizenon-formal learning in a university context. Presented at the 15th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, Cape Town, September 2013.

Hodgkinson-Williams C A; Deacon A. (2013). Pedagogic Strategies to Support Learning Design Thinking in a Masters Course. Educational Research for Social Change, 2(1), 82-87. Retrieved from:

Nwosu, V; Allie, M S; Deacon, A. (2013). A study of Postgraduate students in an astrophysics bridging year: identifying contradictions in a complex system. 2012 Physics Education Research Conference

Deacon, A & Hodgkinson-Williams, C. (2013). Cultivating learning design thinking with e-portfolios in a masters course. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on e-Learning