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Prof Geoffrey Lautenbach

Prof Geoffrey Lautenbach
Department of Science and Technology Education(SCITECHED)
Associate Professor: Learning Technologies

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B Ring 431
+27 11 559 3016
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

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For Prof Lautenbach’s full Curriculum Vitae click here​​

Prof Lautenbach is a dedicated educator who believes that learning must take place through innovative use of authentic, collaborative, and tool-mediated learning activities. He is passionate about education and tries to lead by example when dealing with education students. Overall, his theory-driven praxis results in research which makes a contribution to both educational theory and teaching practice.  This research is meaningful, socially responsible, with a high theoretical and practical value. Researching what he does as a teacher drives his emerging perspectives on learning. Prof Lautenbach is also dedicated to the conservation of the natural resources of this beautiful country, South Africa, and dedicates his spare time to voluntary work and educational projects within organizations such as the Botanical Society of SA, and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Undergraduate teaching: Facilitator and lecturer for third and fourth year School ICT Support Role Methodologies, as well as the fully online Teaching Studies 3B which has a distinct learning technologies focus (This was the first fully online undergraduate module in the university – 2017-present). He is also the coordinator of the first year module Teaching Studies 1A which focuses on the role of the teacher in the 21st Century (With fellow Learning Technology Unit colleagues, Dr Rabaitse Diseko and Mr Maglin Moodley).

Postgraduate Teaching: BEd Honours Research Methodology in STEM Research, and selected modules in the Online Masters in ICT in Education.  

Teaching in Research Methodology programmes: BEd Honours in STEM Education (Research Methodology for STEM Research); Faculty of Education Masters and PhD Programme.

Postgraduate Supervision: Professor Lautenbach supervises a number of postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD level in the field of Learning Technologies in Education. His most recent graduates include:


  • Rina Durandt (PhD) 2019 - A strategy for the integration of mathematical modelling into the formal education of mathematics student teachers
  • Erica Pretorius (PhD) 2015 - Learning communities for the professional development of science teachers (Co-supervisor)
  • Nadia Rhodes (PhD) 2012 - Transforming Accounting Education: Closing the gap between Technology, Education and Accounting in higher education institutions
  • Franceline Greyling (PhD) 2007 - The why and how of technology-assisted learning: Authentic professional development for higher education practitioners (Co-supervisor)


  • Mpho Mongake MEd) 2019 - Experiences of information and communications technology support role students using learning technologies during work-integrated learning
  • Charlene Wessels (MEd Cum Laude) 2017 - Notions of well-being in Grade10 learners using mobile technologies in a private school classroom (Co-supervisor with Dr MP Van Der Merwe)
  • Christine Zeelie (MEd) 2017 - Using connected tools and services to cultivate lifelong learning in pre-service teachers: An Actor Network Theory perspective (Co-supervisor with Dr J Batchelor)
  • Shepherd Simango (MEd) 2017 - Learner experiences of the use of mobile devices in the learning of technology
  • Moses Rhikhotso (MEd) 2016. Pre-service teachers' emerging and changing mental models for using learning technologies in teaching and learning: Implications for teacher practice (Co-supervisor with Dr J Batchelor)
  • Pam Moodley (MEd) 2016. School managers' perceptions on the professional development of teachers in the use of Information and Communication Technology: Case studies of South African rural schools (Co-supervisor with Prof P Du Plessis)
  • P Khumalo (MEd) 2016. Educators' expectations and experiences of continuous professional development in the use of Information and Communication Technology at Johannesburg secondary schools (Co-supervisor with Prof P Du Plessis)
  • Jameson Goto (MEd) 2015. Massive Open Online Courses and the Pre-service teachers' understanding of learning design (Co-supervisor with Dr J Batchelor)
  • Percy Human (MEd) 2014 - Innovative use of educational technology in the second language classroom: design principles for teaching and learning.
  • Anna Coetzee (MEd Cum Laude) 2014 - Computer illiterate first year students' initial engagement with ICTs in teaching and learning.
  • Riana Bester (MEd) 2014 - Transformative Learning: The use of learning technologies by Postgraduate Education Students.
  • Rehana Minty (MEd Cum Laude) 2012 - Infusing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into the teaching and learning of Mathematical Literacy
  • Kabeya Tshimanika (MEd) 2011 - A formative evaluation of authentic learning tasks integrating information and communications technology
  • NL Mabitsela (MEd) 2011 - High achievers in the Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS) and their perceptions of the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their teaching
  • Anne M Ruscheinskii (MEd) 2011 - The design, development and implementation of a computerised curriculum planning and assessment system to be used in a school for learners with special educational needs
  • Susan M Vos (MEd Cum Laude) 2010 - Finding a niche for teachers within the ICT ecology of learning.


Selected recent publications:

  • Durandt, R. & Lautenbach, G. (2019, In Press). Supporting students' competency development in the mathematical modelling process. Perspectives in Education.
  • Lautenbach, G. (2014). A theoretically driven teaching and research framework: learning technologies and educational practice. Educational Studies 40(4). pp.361-376. Routledge.  ISSN 0305-5698.  doi: 10.1080/03055698.2014.910445. Available Online at
  • Brink, R. & Lautenbach, G.V. (2011). Electronic Assessment in Higher Education. Educational Studies. 18 January 2011 (iFirst). Abstract available at
  • Lautenbach, G.V. (2011). Learning to be researchers: an e-maturity survey of Gauteng schools. South African Journal of Education 31(1). pp.44-54.
  • Lautenbach, G.V. (2010). Expansive Learning Cycles: Lecturers using Educational Technologies for Teaching and Learning. South African Journal of Higher Education, 24(5). pp.699-715
  • Lautenbach, G.V. (2008). Stories of engagement with e-learning: revisiting the taxonomy of learning. International Journal of Information and Communications Technology Education 4(3). pp.11-19. New York: IGI Publishing.

You can also download his Complete Doctoral th esis in PDF format. Please cite: LAUTENBACH, GV 2005: Lecturers' changing epistemologies and pedagogies during engagement with information and communication technology in an education faculty. Unpublished Doctoral thesis. University of Johannesburg