Philip Uys

Dr Philip Uys, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Learning Technologies, and concurrently acting Director, Learning Resources

Senior International Educational Concultant


Consulting services and key competencies

Assoc Prof Uys is available for desk-based and/or medium term consultancies of up to three weeks in the areas listed below on international and national level in developing and developed countries. You are welcome to contact him to discuss your needs, in particular with regards to

He has built up his expertise through international consulting, contract and permanent engagements in Australia, New Zealand and in developing countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Samoa, Tonga, Nigeria, East-Asia and Bangladesh as well as through many years in tertiary and higher education.




Qualifications and Professional Development

Received a PhD in Communications and Learning Technologies in October 2000 by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The title is "Towards The Virtual Class: Key Management Issues In Tertiary Education". His thesis is that the effective and widespread use of online learning/networked education in an institute requires a new form of management for all aspects of its operations: networked educational management. The thesis further presents a set of heuristics for managing the implementation of online learning/networked education in conventional tertiary education. In 2001 these heuristics have been incorporated into the "LASO (Leadership, Academic & Student Ownership and Readiness) Model for Technological Transformation in Tertiary Education".

Graduate Certificate in Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. 2014.

Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia. July 2007.

Advanced Diploma in Tertiary Teaching at Massey University at Wellington, New Zealand in 1997.

Completed a B.Comm.Hons in 1994 at the University of South Africa in Business Economics focussing on Information Management, Strategic Management and Management Science.

Completed a B.Comm (majoring in Mathematics and Economics) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1978.

Completed the first year of a Bachelor in Theology (B.Th) in 1984 at the University of South Africa. A number of smaller courses in Christian ministry have also been completed.

He has also develop professionally through study tours and by attending a variety of conferences, workshops and professional meetings, as well as presenting at local and international conferences.


Career development (by country)

February 2005 -
Associate Professor (since September 2011) and Director, Learning Technologies, Division of Learning and Teaching (DLT) at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia since January 2009; concurrently acting Director, Learning Resources since February 2019; arlir irctor, Strategic Learning and Teaching innovation; Manager, Systems Development, DLT at CSU, Australia since January 2009; Manager, Education Design & Educational Technology at CSU, Australia from February 2005 to December 2008.

He further provided expert advice as consultant in June 2012 to Fuji Xerox to reimagine their services in increasingly mobile, digital and paperless learning and teaching environments.

South Africa
February 2018 to July 2019
Senior expert for the EU: Technical assistance to capacitate Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) staff, Pretoria in Open Learning for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Community Education and Training (CET), including to build the knowledge and understanding of Department staff in the extent and range of Open Learning approaches, Open Educational Resources, and the use of multi-media and materials development processes (Electronic, Online, Open Learning). Ten visits to South Africa in 2018/2019.

October - November 2016; June - December 2000; January 1978 - April 1994
Technical assistance to consolidate the scope for the National School of Government (NSG) Enterprise Architecture. Perform organisational development and business process design and development to further develop the ICT capability of the NSG in delivering training and development programmes efficiently and effectively

Project Manager: Open & Flexible Learning at the Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa (June - December 2000)

Manager Management Information Department of Port Elizabeth Technikon (1993 - March 1994)

Systems Development Manager in the Computer Services Department of Port Elizabeth Technikon (1990 - 1993) and before that analyst programmer and senior programmer at the Technikon (June 1985 - 1990).

Senior programmer, programmer, assitant programmer with SANLAM (one of the big life insurance companies in South Africa) (1978 - May 1985).

Papua New Guinea
Jun 2019
Senior expert for the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) In 2019: assisted the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) through a workshop and after working with staff on their blueprints/learning designs, to develop online and open courses in Moodle.

July 2018
Assist the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to review and re-design a national policy and a strategy for the TVET sector in Nigeria on Open, Distance, Flexible and eLearning (ODL); a national Procedures ODL Manual for the TVET polytechnics; and a new generic Institutional TVET Policy template for ODL; and to facilitate a stakeholders meeting in Kaduna, Nigeria to obtain feedback on the above, and to finalise the next drafts.

10 - 12 August 2017
Facilitated a three day Workshop on Developing Blended Courses using Moodle at the National University of Samoa (NUS), Apia, Samoa, through the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

November 2017
Contracted by the Commonwealth of Learning to assist the Tonga Institute of Higher Education and the Tonga Institute of Education to design and develop blended, online TVET courses using Moodle..

November 2015 – March 2016
Consultancy at a university in Bangladesh in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), using an approach adopted by COL to improve quality assurance systems in Higher Education and post-secondary institutions. The consultancy includes conducting an online survey and analysing the results; on-site training of the university's team on the quality assurance methodology that includes a self-review exercise and internal verification; on-site external verification of the QA process; as well as the development of a QA Policy for the University. Following the above, developed a fully online course (in Moodle) for the Commonwealth of Learning on their QA model for tertiary education called Commonwealth of Learning Review and Implementation (COL RIM).

April 2019
Technical assistance to the Botswana Open University to review and revise the Online Learning, Assessment and Student Support Strategy and develop an Implementation Plan.

May - June 2018
Contracted by the Botswana Open University to assist them to develop a Learning Analytics Policy, as well as developing a number of online courses based on open learning principles.
February 2001 - January 2005
Team leader for the British Council in doing a 5 month, European Union funded, feasibility study as a first step towards creating a national strategy and structure for eLearning in Botswana during National Development Plan 9, which is 2003 to 2008 (July 2003 to February 2004); Deputy Director, Centre for Academic Development (Educational Technology) at the University of Botswana (February 2001 – January 2005)

January - June 2019
Investigated "What works to improve learning outcomes in primary education in East-Asia" for East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (UNICEF) in the areas "Learner and teacher focused ICT education platforms", “Inclusive education for children with disabilities”, "21st century skills in the primary school years" and “High quality teaching and learning materials”, by conducting a meta-analysis of research on these intervention areas in order to establish an evidence base for UNICEF, partner and government programmes in the region (of 25 countries) and to inform future plans, programmes and policies.

New Zealand
May 1994 - January 2001
Senior Lecturer: Educational New Media and Adult Education, Massey University at Wellington (formerly Wellington Polytechnic); Senior Lecturer: Computer Studies, Massey University, New Zealand; Director of an organisational and educational change management, elearning consulting and website development company Globe-Online operating in New Zealand as Globe New Zealand; Project Manager for the Massey University at Wellington, New Zealand Hypermedia project (which in January 1997 became the hydi Educational New Media Centre);Senior lecturer in Educational New Media

2001, 12 – 16 November. Invited presentation.The Use of ICT in the Teaching-Learning Process: Staff Development for Online Teachers. International Conference on Staff Development in Higher Education, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Maputo, Mozambique.


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A powerful thought:

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.
The "learned" usually find themselves equipped
to live in a world that no longer exists

Eric Hoffer


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