I grew up in a small rural town just south of Lesotho, in South Africa. It was here that I learned about the rich culture of our country. Time spent in nature was a given and my friends' parents regularly treated us with class outings to discover cave paintings on their farms, or the proof that dinosaurs once roamed the area with footprints all around the mountains. Please feel free to watch the video on the left to see some of the people I grew up with.
My parents wanted to keep us close to home, so I attended the only school in town from Grade 0 - Grade 12. Being the headmasters daughter was not an easy feat in the small town, with all eyes on my siblings and myself, but I think we turned out quite well.
After completing school, I attended North-West University for my undergraduate studies with a major in Communication studies and a minor in Tourism. In my second year of studies I started working as a waitress at a coffee shop to help pay for my tuition. In my fourth year I decided to focus my studies on Corporate Communication which opened the door to new technologies and web design. After completing my studies, I was informed about a position at the NWU unit for Academic Development and Support in Vanderbijlpark and decided to apply. I was hired on contract and a year later my position was made permanent as Technology Advisor and support to faculty and students.
Seven years later I am still here. The department name changed to Centre for Teaching and Learning. I have been given opportunities to develop professionally and have been exposed to the world of instructional design. It was in 2013, that we were tasked to find a solution for the university to go completely paperless. We did not succeed, but I went on an amazing journey with several faculty members. They taught me the challenges that faculty face, the importance of proper instructional design and the needs for development that they needed addressed. Since then I have made it my mission to help faculty incorporate suitable technologies that would make their lives easier and enhance the learning experience of our students.
The passion for education has been awakened and I dream of becoming an Instructional Designer that can make a difference in the lives of faculty, students and the university as a whole. We do not have a single Instructional Design degree available in our country, and this is a scarce skill that I hope to acquire.