Marieta Jansen Van Vuuren
North West University, South Africa
Marieta Jansen van Vuuren is a former teacher from South Africa who majored in languages and started her teaching career in 1984. She holds a doctorate in Sociolinguistics - Afrikaans - with the focus on Language and Internet-based Electronic Communication using Corpus Linguistics as a research method. In 2000 she joined the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark Gauteng, lecturing English and Communication studies. In 2004 she joined the North-West University(NWU) – School of Languages - where she lectured Sociolinguistics to undergraduate students. Marieta was subsequently appointed in the School of Educational Sciences in 2008 where she lectured language teaching (Afrikaans) to education students and provided supervision to Honours, Masters and PhD students.
In 2012 she was appointed at the Academic Development and Support Unit of the NWU – Vaal Triangle Campus, responsible for the implementation of elearning projects and innovation and technology integration. Her current position is that of Senior Academic Developer in the Directorate Special projects and Research with the focus on Technology Innovation projects, research in Higher Education, OER and micro credentials and the mentorship of the Academic Developer.
Current fields of interest and research and publications include topics such as transforming education in a blended learning environment, eLearning and mobile learning development and the integration of video in Education. Research on curriculum redesign and implementation thereof for blended learning environments and the development of online learning modules as well as the integration of video as assessment tool are current research projects. Marieta has been the project leader for the successful implementation of the first One Button Studios video studios undertaken by her team at the NWU. This implementation was the first of its kind on the African continent.