Nicola Pallitt

Team: Course and Curriculum Design

Dr Nicola Pallit is a lecturer and much more within CILT. She is involved in curriculum innovation initiatives and works in assisting university staff with integrating educational technologies in their curricula. ePortfolios, student video projects, social media and open badges are of particular interest to her as a practitioner and researcher. As a learning designer coming from a design thinking perspective, Nicola has also provided consultation to UCT staff about blended and online course design. Her teaching is varied and spans formal co-teaching on the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology, staff development workshops to convening and co-facilitating a fully online UCT short course on online facilitation.

She completed her PhD (Media Studies) in 2013 through the Centre for Film and Media Studies followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies, both from UCT. Her broad research interest is educational technology and she seeks to grow critical scholarship in this field at global and local levels. She is part of the e/merge Africa team where she has convened online facilitation courses, regularly co-facilitates online events and contributes to the network's annual face-to-face workshop at eLearning Africa.

Nicola enjoys sharing her expertise, learning from others and networking with fellow educational technology practitioners and scholars in Africa and other parts of the world. She is also a member of the Open Badges South Africa (OBSA) working group. Her scholarly contributions continue to grow and she presents at local and international conferences on a regular basis where she captivates audiences with fresh perspectives informed by a critical mindset balanced with creative energy. Nicola describes herself as a future-facing digital scholar and a networked lifelong learner with a passion for promoting a purposeful and critical mindset towards educational technology use and e-learning uptake. 


Contact details
021 650 1842
Room 7.38.3, Floor 7, PD Hahn Building



Recent publications

Pallitt, N. & Winberg, C. (2016) “I am trying to practice good teaching”: Reconceptualizing eportfolios for professional development in vocational higher education in the British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(3), 543-553. VoR,

Pallitt, N. & Walton, M. (2015). The Scripted Sandbox: Children's Gameplay and Ludic Gendering. In Critical Perspectives on Technology and Education. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Pallitt, N. (2013) “Gender identities at play: Exploring children’s digital gaming in two settings in Cape Town”. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town.

Brown, C. & Pallitt, N. (2013). Laptops and Learning Spaces: Online, Offline and In Between. International Conference on Connected Learning.

Deacon, A;, Small, J. & Pallitt, N. 2013. Global citizenship badges: using gamification to recognize non-formal learning in a university context. Annual Conference on WWW Applications (Read abstract here)

Walton, Marion and Pallitt, Nicola. (2012). ‘Grand Theft South Africa’: Approaching game literacy for primary school children. International journal of Language and Education, Special Edition.

Pallitt, N. “’What’s happening?’: Students’ use of Twitter in a social media seminar” Emerge 2012 Online Conference, Conference Proceedings.


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