Academic, designer and learning design researcher

Jolanda Morkel

Jolanda Morkel is passionate about all things design: environments, experiences and artefacts. She’s a registered architect and senior lecturer in the Department of Architectural Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa, where she teaches design in the undergraduate architecture studio, offered through a university-industry collaboration with OpenArchitecture. Her focus is on the design and facilitation of flexible and blended learning environments for culturally diverse and non-traditional students and technology-mediated learning experiences including simulated tutor apps, QR codes and digital storytelling. Her current doctoral research explores the synchronous online student-tutor conversation. She regularly publishes, presents at conferences and enjoys sketchnoting and facilitating workshops in learning design.


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Listen, look, learn and take the leap: developing a blended architecture studio

In this presentation Jolanda reflects on a seven year-long process of co-design that turned a brick and mortar studio into one of bits and bytes. She demonstrates how small experimental learning interventions initiated conversation with her learners, generated feedback and prompted design iterations that led to the implementation of the first blended part-time programme at her University.

Jolanda’s Video

View the recording of Jolanda’s Big Idea Presentation.

Jolanda’s Slidedeck


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I look forward to sharing my recent work with you, listening to possible resonance with yours, and looking for ways to collaborate and learn!

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How do you get feedback from your users/ people/ learners to reflect on, to (re)design the next iteration of the learning design/ experience?

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In a learning design and implementation context, how do you see the roles of the learning designer, educator/ tutor, institutional quality manager/ administrator and learner/ student?