Glenda Cox

Team: Staff DevelopmentDr Glenda Cox is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT: at the University of Cape Town and her portfolio includes Curriculum projects, Teaching with Technology innovation grants, Open Education Resources and Staff development. She has recently completed her PhD in Education and her research focused on using the theoretical approach of Social Realism to explain why academic staff choose to contribute or not to contribute their teaching resources as open educational resources. She believes supporting and showcasing UCT staff who are excellent teachers, both in traditional face-to-face classrooms and the online world, is of great importance. She is passionate about the role of Open Education in the changing world of Higher Education. Dr Glenda Cox is currently the Principle Investigator in the Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) project, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC).



Contact details
021 650 5024
Room 7.50, Floor 7, PD Hahn Building



Czerniewicz, L; Cox, G; Willmers, M and Hodgkinson-Williams, C (2015) Open Content at the University of Cape Town. MOOCs and Open Education around the World. Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee, Tom Reeves, Tom Reynolds (Eds) To be Published by Routledge.


Cox, G & Trotter, H (2016) Institutional culture and OER policy: how structure, culture and agency mediate OER policy potential in South African universities. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed learning. (IRRODL), 17(5). Retrieved from: 


Cox, G & Trotter, H (2017) An OER framework, heuristic and lens: Tools for understanding lecturer’ adoption of OER. Open Praxis 9(2):151-171 


Cox, G. & Trotter, H. (2017). Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities. In C. Hodgkinson-Williams & P.B. Arinto (Eds) Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South. Ottawa: IDRC (advance online publication:



Conference Proceedings:


Cox, G (2014) Understanding the interplay between open culture, institutional structure and agency in lecturers’ contribution and non-contribution of OER: A social Realist approach. 19-21 November OpenEd14. Washington, DC


Cox, G. and Trotter, H (2015). Ready or Not? OER workshops at three South African Universities. Open Education Consortium Global Conference.  Banff, Canada. 22-15 April 2015.



Cox, G. & Trotter, H (2016). UCT, Fort Hare and UNISA: Which university is OER ready? UCT Teaching and Learning 2015-Defferred, 30 March. Cape Town. 


Cox, G (2016). The OER quality debate: Explaining academics’ attitudes to quality. OEC Global 2016: Convergence through collaboration. Krakow, Poland.


Trotter, H. & Cox, G (2016). The OER Adoption Pyramid. OEC Global 2016: Convergence through collaboration. Krakow, Poland.


Cox, G (2016). Teaching Innovation in teaching Humanities with Sakai. Open Apereo, New York, 23-25 May.


Cox, G &Trotter, H. (2017). Understanding Lecturers’ adoption of OER: A multi-factorial approach. OE Global 2017: Open to Participation. Cape Town, South Africa

Cox, G & Trotter, H. (2017). The influence of institutional culture on lecturers’ agency in relation to OER contribution. OER17: The Politics of OER. London, England.

Cox, G (2017) Teaching with Technology grants: growing innovation in Humanities at the University of Cape Town. Poster presentation. ALTC Liverpool, England


Cox, G (2017) What shapes lecturers’ adoption of OER at South African Universities? Open Conversations at UCT. A satellite event of the bigger international Open Con event. 



Cox,G. Trotter, H, Hodgkinson-Williams, C, Arinto, P, Cartmill, T and King, T. (2018) Surfacing agency and power: A social realist perspective on select findings from the ROER4D projects. OER18, April London, England


Hodgkinson-Williams, C, Arinto, P, Cartmill, T, King, T and Cox, G (2018). Poster presentation:

Open Education in the Global South key findings from the ROER4D Project. OE Global conference, Delft, Netherlands.


Cox, G. & Willmers, M (2018) Digital Open Textbooks for Development: Broadening access and supporting curriculum transformation. UCT Teaching and Learning conference


Cox, G and Willmers, M (2018). Digital Open Textbooks for Development: Research and implementation to advance equitable access at UCT. Open Access week at UCT.

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