2020 Annual (Virtual) Seminar of the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AISSAC)

Engaged Scholarship in the Information Systems Discipline 

Monday 14 September 2020

Free Participation

(Presentations and Panel Discussion will take place via the Zoom Platform) 


In 2020, the African continent is still plagued with inequalities with respect to access to education and technology. While for some, opportunities to learn are limitless and access to top of the range technologies is a given, for others, not so much. Hence, the need for Engaged Scholarship in the Information Systems Discipline is ever more present in this day and age. 

We ought to strive to partake in Engaged Scholarship through our research, our various teaching and learning initiatives and by giving back to the community through various projects. 

We ought to introduce ethical participatory research in our undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to mutually benefit our students, the disadvantaged communities within our society and our academic institutions. 

During the 2020 AISSAC seminar, which we will provide a platform for the tertiary institutions of the Western Cape to share their views, experiences and initiatives to promote Engage IS Scholarship. We will share insights into projects that have an impact on the community, and how to promote transformation through Engaged Scholarship.

Please join us!  

Key topics to be addressed include: 

·     Keynote -  Perfecting the blend: A decision framework for blended learning

·     Service-Learning Pedagogy in Information Systems: Perspectives from IS Department at UCT

·     Working towards an engaged scholarship and Co-Creating  knowledge  

·     Notions of 'Theory' and their Suitability for Information Systems Engineering

·     Panel Discussion - Contributing towards Engaged IS Scholarships: Experiences & Initiatives

2020 AISSAC Seminar Programme






08:30 – 08:45

Opening & Welcome

Prof Maureen Tanner


08:45 – 09:45


Perfecting the blend: A decision framework for blended learning


Prof Johannes Cronje


09:45 – 10:00




10:00 – 10:30

Service learning pedagogy in Information Systems: Perspectives from the IS department at UCT


Gwamaka Mwalemba


10:30 – 10:45




10:45 – 11:00




11:00 – 11:30

Working towards an engaged scholarship and co-creating knowledge


Prof Mmaki Jantjies

11:30 – 11:45




11:45 – 12:15

Notions of ‘Theory’ and their sustainability for Information Systems engineering


Prof Stefan Gruner

12:15 – 12:30




12:30 – 13:30




13:30 – 14:45

Panel Discussion

Contributing towards engaged IS scholarship: Experiences & initiatives


Gwamaka Mwalemba

Barbara Schmidt

Benita Moolman



14:45: 14:55

Life Achievement Award

Prof Maureen Tanner

14:55 – 15:00

Workshop Closing

Prof Maureen Tanner


15:00 – 15:15




15:15 – 16:45


Prof Maureen Tanner

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Prof Johannes Cronje

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Keynote Speaker

Perfecting the blend: A decision framework for blended learning 

Johannes Cronjé is the Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.   

He was born in Davenport Iowa in 1959 when his parents were there doing more than just studying.  At the age of eight months he persuaded his parents to return to South Africa where he attended an die Laerskool Anton van Wouw and then Pretoria Boys High School where he matriculated in 1976.   

Following this he enrolled at the University of Pretoria where he obtained the BA majoring in Afrikaans, English and Anthropology, the BA honours as well as a Teachers' diploma before reporting for military service at the Infantry School, Oudtshoorn.  During his second year of national service he completed an MA in Afrikaans literature while serving on the Angolan border.  He then taught English and Afrikaans at Pretoria Boys High until 1986 when he was appointed lecturer in Language Communication at Technikon Pretoria.      

He obtained a Doctorate in Afrikaans Literature in 1990 and then a Masters Degree in Computer-Assisted Education from the University of Pretoria. From 1994 to 2007 he was a professor of computers in education with the University of Pretoria. He has also been visiting professor at Sudan University of Science and Technology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Joensuu, Finland, and the University of Bergen, Norway, The Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, The University of Namibia and the University of the Free State, South Africa.  

He has supervised or co-supervised 75 Masters and 65 Doctoral students and published more than 45 research papers

Gwamaka Mwalemba

University of Cape Town

Service-Learning Pedagogy in Information Systems: Perspectives from IS Department at UCT  

Gwamaka Mwalemba is a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds a Master of Commerce in Information Systems, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Information System as well as Bachelor of Science in Computer Science all from UCT.  

He has over 10 years of experience in IT and higher education industry specifically focusing on projects and research related to ICT education and innovation in developing countries context.  

Gwamaka is also the manager of Enterprise System Education for Africa (ESEFA), a collaborative programme aimed at creating and supporting context relevant curriculum and teaching materials, on the subject of enterprise systems, across sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof Mmaki Jantjies

University of the Western Cape
Working towards an engaged scholarship and Co-Creating  knowledge  

Mmaki Jantjies is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems Department at the University of the Western Cape. Her research area focuses on ICT4development and largely seeks to understand the role that mobile and electronic advanced technologies can have in  enhancing  education in developing countries.  

She further serves on various forums such as the Equals research group and the AI research network. In her community work, she runs several programs that work towards reconceptualizing teacher training and pupils education in a digital society. 

Prof Stefan Gruner

University of Pretoria
Notions of 'Theory' and their Suitability for Information Systems Engineering

Stefan Gruner is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, where he lectures mostly theory-based courses (such as compiler construction or formal methods).  

With his additional M-qualification in philosophy, Gruner is also active in interdisciplinary fields such as philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of informatics (meta- informatics).

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