Course Development Manager

Course and Curriculum Design: Online Learning Designers

Janet is the manager of the learning design team. Since 2014 she has been involved in developing the UCT MOOCs project.  She is also part of a CHED research team exploring the value MOOC-takers living in Africa have found in open online courses.  Her experience in educational design is wide ranging - including educational offerings for different audiences (older adults, students and working people), various purposes (such as public outreach through MOOCs and Summer School, professional development, short courses, popular education workshops) and forms of provision (face-to-face, blended and online). She has a masters degree in adult education and is passionate about widening access to education and creating opportunities for lifelong learning.


Journal Articles

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

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

Conference Presentations and Papers

Deacon, A; Jawitz, J; Small, J; Walji, S. (2017) MOOCs and Transitions: Pathways in and out of learning and work. Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education, pg 60-69.

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

Walji, S., Deacon, A., Jawitz, J., Small, J. and Jaffer, T.  (2018) Understanding How Participants Use Open Online Courses for Transitions, Published in the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on e-Learning ICEL, Cape Town Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, 5-6 July 2018. Edited by Professor Eunice Ivala


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., Jaffer, T., Jawitz, J., Small, J. (2018). Transitions for the Future: How African learners value MOOCs from the University of Cape Town. Poster presented at Coursera Partners Conference, Tempe, Arizona.