CAT: Meet the team

Hemali Joshi
+27 11 559 4412
D Ring 339, APK

Hemali Joshi is the Director at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). Prior to joining CAT, she worked at the Academic Development Centre (ADC) on integrated student success. She also has seven years’ teaching and research experience as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at UJ. In her research capacity, Hemali has submitted her PhD in Urban Anthropology (awaiting finalisation). Her other research interests include education and technology, performance, and engaging with any questions of social justice. She is passionate about student success and believes education is about what anthropologist Michael Wesch terms as “soul making”.

Hemali has recently joined CAT in her capacity as director (January 2022) and is excited about learning and teaching with technology. She is passionate about the way in which data and care can inform and support the teaching and learning process in higher education.

Melanie Alexander
+27 11 559 3556
D Ring 339, APK

Melanie Alexander is the Administrative Officer for the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) where she ensures collaboration and administrative support so that the team can deliver training and support to staff and students within the University of Johannesburg.

She is a confident, organised, and even-tempered administrative professional with experience in the academic and corporate environment. Meticulous in performing her duties, she considers herself a team player, a self-starter and a fast learner –  always willing to learn new and improved ways of perfecting her work.

She holds an Advanced Certificate in Business Management.

Franci Janse van Vuuren

Janse Van Vuuren, Franci
+27 11 559 3576
D Ring 333, APK

Franci Janse van Vuuren is a senior manager in the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). She is involved in the co-management of a variety of learning-with-technology projects within CAT and the broader Academic Development and Support (ADS) division.

She obtained a BA degree, as well as a Higher Diploma in Education at the former Potchefstroom University and later furthered her studies at the former Rand Afrikaans University to a Master’s degree in Afrikaans Prose. Her previous experience includes teaching Afrikaans and English at high school and FET college level, designing learning material, and practicing as public relations and publications officer.

Franci joined the CAT team in 2003.

Carina van Rooyen

D Ring 343, APK

Dr Carina van Rooyen is the online programmes coordinator at CAT.

She is passionate about learning, teaching, supervision / mentoring, and the scholarship of these. She has been lecturing and supervising for over twenty-five years, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, informed by a pedagogy of social justice and has been acknowledged for her innovation in these through the UJ Vice-chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Two ideas drive her in life, she says: ”Water and social justice. Being a Piscean, I just LOOOVE water – in any form, shape, at any time and at any place. Combining this passion with my quest for social justice and restless curiosity; these are what make me tick.”

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Staff Support

Ayanda Booi

Booi, Ayanda
+27 11 559 7472
D Ring 334, APK

Ayanda Booi is an instructional designer at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). She started as a research and instructional design intern at the CAT Lab, where she created learning artefacts for various faculties and departments. One of Ayanda’s prized creations was the plagiarism game for the university’s libraries.

She is currently responsible for designing and developing online modules in collaboration with faculty members and HEPSA. She also provides Moodle use support for academic staff.

Ayanda holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg.

Melvin Damons

Damons, Melvin

+27 11 559 7508
D Ring 348, APK

Melvin Damons is an instructional designer at CAT. He is responsible for online module design, lecturer and student training, guidance with content development, and alignment and quality assurance of content. His focus is to empower staff and students to be competent and independent in navigating the learning management system (Moodle) and other supplementary apps they are using. He also aims to acquaint staff with the latest functionalities of the learning system, share ideas and to be constantly aware of new technological research and educational trends.

Arno Louw

Louw Arno
+27 11 559 3923
B5 Building Room

Dr Arno Louw is a senior instructional designer and e-learning specialist at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). He was engaged in projects at UJ (previously RAU) since 1998 and has been involved in curriculum development and the integration, application, implementation and evaluation of computer-based education courses.  He was also co-author and researcher of computer-based textbooks for the Gauteng Department of Education.

Arno does research and course development, including the training of educators, subject facilitators, presentation and implementation of research, and publications and papers on the performance of web-based education in the school system.

Since 2017, he has managed the Centre for Academic Technologies’ CAT Lab, an innovative e-learning developmental laboratory.

Arno holds a doctorate, focusing on web-based education and professional lecturer development. His research and implementation focus on e-learning in the professional development of teaching staff and academics at the University of Johannesburg. Currently, the research focuses on pedagogies related to teachers as Intelligent Agents (IAs) in blended learning ecologies, the development of educational apps, and Artificial Pedagogy.

Puleng Motshoane

Motshoane, Puleng
+27 11 559 3083
D Ring 345, APK

Dr Puleng Motshoane is an instructional designer at CAT, responsible for the College for Business and Economics at UJ. Her core responsibility is supporting academics with the effective use of technology and Moodle, and assisting with modules where extra support is needed. She is also responsible for training lecturers and students in the use of Moodle.

Puleng is passionate about the use of Turnitin as a developmental tool rather than a policing tool, for both academics and students. Her highest qualification is a PhD in Higher Education Studies in Education.

Emily Mthembu

Mthembu, Emily
+27 11 559 3083
D Ring 345, APK

Emily Mthembu is part of the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) team that supports academics and students in the use of Moodle, our learning management system. Her support includes designing, developing and implementing specific faculty templates/modules, based on good practice and in collaboration with faculty members. She also facilitates group training sessions and workshops per department.

Emily obtained international certificates in Moodle training. She is currently doing her Master’s degree in Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the University of Johannesburg.

Erica Pretorius

Pretorius, Erica
+27 11 559 3513
D Ring 347, APK

Dr Erica Pretorius is a senior instructional designer at CAT, having been appointed in 2005 after 20 years in the teaching profession. She is involved in lecturer development and support, promoting authentic teaching and learning practice, working towards the idea of teaching students to think critically rather than mere memorisation.

As a student at the former RAU, Erica obtained her BEd Hons in Educational Management in 2001, a BEd Hons in Computer-based Education in 2002, her MEd Computer-based Education degree in 2005, and her PhD in 2015. She has since qualified as a Certified Blackboard trainer and as an accredited ETDP assessor and moderator.

Student Support

Anna Coetzee

Coetzee Anna
+27 11 559 3517
D Ring 355, APK

Anna Coetzee holds the position of instructional developer at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) and for a number of years has been a staff member on the CAT Helpdesk, which offers support to staff and students regarding their academic technology-related issues.

The system offers a free, open source and low bandwidth service to our UJ clients and provides a central point for the UJ community to obtain information, support and feedback on their queries relating to online platforms such as Moodle (the learning management system) and uLink (the academic portal for students and staff).

Anna’s qualifications include a BA Fine Art (University of Pretoria), a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Unisa), an MEd: ICT in Education (University of Johannesburg), and a Moodle Certified Expert: Level 3 (Eiffel Corp).

Berry Malapela

Malapela, Berry
+27 11 559 3865
D Ring 356, APK

Berry Malapela works at client support at CAT. This entails addressing queries on the OsTicket helpdesk system, but also telephonic queries as well as assisting walk-in clients on campus. Student queries are mainly about Moodle; the uLink website; access issues regarding passwords, connectivity, Moodle courses; software and technical issues; and UJ apps like Office 365, student Gmail accounts and eBooks.

Julia Mogotsi-Mabulele

Mogotsi Mabulele, Julia
+27 11 559 4205
D Ring 332, APK

Julia Mogotsi-Mabulele is a client supporter at the Centre for Academic Technologies.

She obtained a Public Relations Diploma and BTech from Unisa. Assisting lecturers and students at UJ in using Moodle and gaining computer skills, she decided to further her studies. Julia obtained a PGCE from Unisa, an Honours degree in Educational Leadership and Management from UJ, and she is currently registered for an online Master’s in Education Management at UJ. As a staff member at CAT, she has obtained international certificates in Moodle training (intermediate and advanced).

Julia’s passion for sharing her knowledge has led her to engage in community projects like teaching computer skills to schoolteachers and students.

Monoabese Shezi

D Ring 322, APK

Monoabese Shezi joined the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) in January 2024 as a client supporter. He has obtained his BEd Honours degree in ICT Innovation in Education and is currently reading towards his MEd in ICT in Education at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to his current role, he worked in a team of intern instructional designers at CAT and as a programme coordinator for one of the short learning programmes offered at CAT.

Monoabese has a deep passion in the use of learning technologies that help to unlock the potential of students in an increasingly technology and data-driven society.  In his role he works in a team of first responders to student and staff queries, tracks and records student support projects and provides training to students/staff on the use of technology for learning and/or teaching.

System Support

Lunghekani Langa

D Ring 348, APK

Lunghekani Langa works as a facilitator at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). He joined CAT in 2022 and is responsible for managing and implementing academic technologies that facilitate online and blended learning at UJ.

Lunghekani completed his Business Information Technology Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Technology, and BCom Honours in Information Systems from the University of Johannesburg.

Lunghekani is passionate about using technology to enhance education, with a particular focus on automation and AI, and utilising big data. He is dedicated to using his talents, skills and knowledge to improve student life and success.

Moses Maluleke

Maluleke, Moses
+27 11 559 7641
D Ring 344, APK

Moses Maluleke is a system administrator at the Centre for Academic Technologies.

His value proposition is to deliver a personalised client-centric experience to students, academic and non-academic staff members. This includes providing digital platform experiences that enable the advancement of students’ careers; providing seamless, convenient online support to facilitate learning from virtually all geographic locations; ensuring availability of key resources and an online presence; improving students’ digital fluency and providing remote assistance.

Moses obtained a BSc and Honours degree in Computer Science from Wits University. He is currently a final year MBA student at the Wits Business School (WBS).

Lufuno Mamathuntsha

Mamathuntsha Lufuno
+27 11 559 2293
D Ring 303, APK

Lufuno Mamathuntsha joined CAT in 2012. His role is Moodle System Administrator for the CAT Helpdesk and the CAT IT Team and OsTicket administrator. This involves attending to telephonic, walk-in and e-mail queries daily and ensuring that queries are assigned to different support staff.

Support for academic staff includes access to and use of Moodle, activating and deactivating of modules on Moodle as well as system clean up. Student support includes managing student queries on OsTicket, access to specific modules on Moodle, and creating users and modules on Moodle.

Lufuno holds a Diploma in Internet Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Johny Maphuruma

Maohuruma Johny
+27 11 559 3525
D Ring 338, APK

Johny Maphuruma is part of the CAT IT team. His main focus is on Moodle operations and support and other custom systems development.

Johny holds a BTech in Web and Applications Development.

Xolisa Mulaudzi

Mulaudzi, Xolisa
+27 11 559 3512
D Ring 346, APK

Xolisa Mulaudzi is a system administrator in the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). Originally from the Eastern Cape in Butterworth, she joined CAT in 2017. Her role includes administrative, system and high-level technical support for Moodle, the learning management system.

Xolisa obtained a National Diploma in Information Technology from Walter Sisulu University, formerly known as the Border Technikon. She also holds a BTech in IT (IS and Technology Management) from the University of Johannesburg.

Mbali Tuswa
+27 11 559 7473
D Ring 346, APK

Mbali Tuswa, being a data enthusiast, is a data analyst at the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT). Her role is to support students by analysing  data related to student enrollment, retention, and academic performance. By identifying patterns and trends, she can help the institution develop targeted interventions and support programmes to enhance student success.

Multimedia Support

Werner Geldenhuys

Geldenhuys Werner
+27 11 559 3507
083 235 0297
B5 Building Room 112B, APK

Werner Geldenhuys is the videographer and content creator at the CAT Lab, also known as the CAT Studio.

He supports lecturers by creating videos and voice-overs for online study material, but also other functionalities that are studio related. This includes, for example, adding text to a video that can be played back and assist lecturers to look professional and on top of their game. Green screen facilities are available so any background can be added to a video along with text. He can also record professional sound quality podcasts if needed.

Werner is currently busy with his Master’s degree in Colour Grading and Editing in DaVinci Resolve.

Raymond Mokwele

Mokwele, Raymond
+27 11 559 2542
B5 Building Room 112, APK

Raymond Mokwele works at the CAT Lab in the Centre of Academic Technologies.

He assists with multimedia related requests to support both staff and students’ projects. His skills and expertise range from videography and editing to graphic design and motion graphics (animation and illustrations). His software skills include, but are not limited to, the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier and After Effects, to name a few.

Raymond holds a National Diploma in Multimedia Design.