Sukaina Walji

Team: Special projects 

Sukaina supports the development of and implementation of UCT’s online education strategy. This involves contributing to and supporting the strategic direction and activities embodied in UCT’s 2017 online education policy. Her work includes conceptualisation and business modelling, project management, stakeholder liaison, and monitoring and evaluation of online education projects in conjunction with colleagues in CILT and across faculties.

As a cross-unit role, she reports directly to the CILT director. She is also a researcher on three research projects: ROER4D Impact Study OER in and as MOOCs; The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape; and Perspectives from South African MOOC Takers: understanding transitions in and out of learning and work. Previously, Sukaina was the CILT MOOC Team Project Manager and the Research Communications Advisor for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project (ROER4D). Her research interests include online learning design, MOOCs, Open Educational Practices and Higher Education models. Her professional background spans digital media, communications and e-learning. Sukaina has a Masters in Online and Distance Education from the Open University UK, and a BA in History from Oxford University.   

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021 650 4607
Room 7.38.10, Floor 7, PD Hahn Building

King, T., Hodgkinson-Williams, C. A., Willmers, M. & Walji, S. (2016). Dimensions of open research: Reflections on ‘critical openness’ in the ROER4D project. Open Praxis, 8(2), pp. 81-91

L. Czerniewicz, A Deacon, J Small, and S Walji (2014) Developing world MOOCs: A curriculum view of the MOOC landscape, Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies (JOGLTEP), 2(3):122-139. 

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

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