arlene-e1495718740247.pngArlene Archer is the co-ordinator of the Writing Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She teaches academic writing and communication and is particularly interested in the changing nature of literacy (including multiliteracies) and the relationship between the multimodal representational resources of diverse students and the expectations of the academy. She heads a research group, South African Multimodality in Education, which meets regularly, and hosts seminars and colloquia.  She has recently co-edited three books on multimodality (Multimodal Approaches to Research and Pedagogy (2014); Multimodality in Writing (2015); Multimodality in Higher Education (2016)) and has been awarded a British Academy Fellowship to investigate the changing nature and forms of writing in a digital age (2017 – 2020).

Rachel Weiss Coming soon

Christine Price is a professional landscape architect. She studied architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked for a landscape architectural firm after graduating. She is currently a full-time lecturer in the Diploma in Landscape Architecture programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Christine recently registered for her PhD in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. She is particularly interested in the application of multimodal social semiotics in the field of landscape architectural education.


Akisha Pearman is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town’s School of Education.  She taught at the UCT Writing Centre for 4 years and now teaches English at an academy she recently helped establish.  She has academic degrees in English and Spanish literature, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Higher Education Studies, which show her interest in intercultural communication, diversity, and meaning making.  In addition to personal interests in photography and documentary film, her professional background includes teaching English in the USA, Madagascar, and South Korea and conducting teacher training for teachers of English as an additional language in Mozambique and Angola.

Nicola PallittNicola Pallitt is a lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She co-teaches on postgraduate programmes in educational technology offered through the the School of Education. As a member of the Course and Curriculum Design team in CILT Nicola has been involved in assisting university lecturers with various initiatives involving interesting forms of multimedia for blended learning design. Nicola co-convenes the e/merge Africa network’s Facilitating Online course. As a member of the core team of this network she also assists with the planning and design of regular online events. She received her PhD in Media Studies (2013) and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies (2014) from the University of Cape Town. While Nicola’s research interests are related to educational technology more broadly, she also has an interest in multimodal pedagogies which she sees as part of her practitioner research. She hopes to engage fellow practitioners and researchers in research that takes critical, contextual and pedagogically informed approaches to educational technology. She is particularly interested in the use of digital media for formative feedback and alternative and/or authentic assessment, in particular ePortfolios, videos and audio recordings. View links to Nicola’s work here.