Project Coordination

Our central project coordination team is based at the host institutions, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Wawasan Open University (WOU). Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams in the Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT)  is the Principal Investigator while Prof Patricia Arinto acts as the Deputy Principal Investigator. Professor Hodgkinson-Williams is supported by the Network Hub team headed by Tess Cartmill as Project Manager, Michelle Willmers as Curation and Dissemination Manager, Thomas King as Research Administrator, Henry Trotter as Researcher, Sarah Goodier as Evaluation Advisor and Sukaina Walji as Research Communications Advisor. The WOU team is headed by Maria Ng and supported by Vivien Chiam and Suan Choo Khoo  Graphic design support is provided by UCT and CILT staffer Rondine Carstens.


A/Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She holds a PhD in computer-assisted learning and has taught and supervised in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) in education since 1998, first at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and then at UCT. Her particular research interests include online learning design, the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and electronic portfolios. She is a researcher on a National Research Foundation project investigating digital identities and is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC-funded Research on OER in the Global South (ROER4D).

Tess Cartmill


After very many years in Information Systems in the corporate world, Tess Cartmill decided to change direction and completed a Master’s degree (Information and Communication Technologies in Education). As part of the degree she did a minor dissertation on the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and is now the Project Manager for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project in the Global South. Her research interest is technology in education, and specifically, the adoption and impact of OER.

Henry Trotter

Henry Trotter is a Research Capacity Development Officer for ROER4D and a Researcher for one of the programme’s sub-projects. As part of the coordinating team, he works with Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams to help build greater research capacity across the international programme. At the sub-project level, he works with Glenda Cox to identify why academics in South Africa choose to share or not to share their teaching resources as open educational resources. With a keen interest in African history, culture and higher education, Henry is the lead-author of Seeking Impact and Visibility: Scholarly Communication in Southern Africa (2014) and the author of Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa (2008/2011). He is also a PhD student of African history at Yale University, working on completing his dissertation on South African port culture.

Sukaina Walji

Sukaina Walji is ROER4D’s Research Communications Advisor. Her role is to oversee the overall communication strategy both for the project’s day to day external and internal communications including the website and social media, as well as developing the research communications and dissemination strategy for the project’s research outputs. She works as part of the project coordination team and is supported by the IDRC funded DECI-2 project in building understanding of the Research Communications for Development field. She has a Master’s degree in Online and Distance Education with the Open University (UK) and is also part of UCT’s MOOC Implementation Team.

Michelle Willmers

ROER4D’s Curation and Dissemination Manager, Michelle is a scholarly communications expert, project manager and researcher in the field of scholarly communication, higher education studies and institutional research. Originally from a publishing background, Michelle has worked as both a journal publishing manager and editor, and has almost 20 years of experience in academic and scholarly publishing. Her recent work experience includes serving as the project manager and researcher in the Open Data Africa research initiative in the IP Law Unit at the University of Cape Town, a sub-project of the World Wide Web Foundation Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) initiative. She had previously worked as the Project Manager of the Mellon-funded OpenUCT Initiative, and Programme Manager of the IDRC Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme.

Sarah Goodier

SarahG_edcropSarah is ROER4D’s Evaluation Advisor. Her role is to work with the ROER4D network hub team in developing and implementing the project’s evaluation strategy. She is supported in this evaluation facilitation by the IDRC-funded DECI-2 Project, which builds capacity in Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE) and Communication. In 2015, Sarah also worked as a researcher on ROER4D sub-project 11 “Public funding for basic education in South Africa: Are open educational resources being funded?”. She has a passion for improving access to all types of scholarly outputs, science communication and education. Sarah holds an MSc in Molecular and Cell Biology and is currently completing her MPhil in Programme Evaluation.

Thomas King

Thomas is the Data Administrator for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development programme, and has worked on the Vice Chancellor’s Open Educational Resources Adaptation project and the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. His primary research interests revolve around Open Educational Resources and quantifying/analysing ‘impact’ in research and education. He is also conducting Masters research into OER production and adaptation by students at UCT.

Professor Patricia Arinto

Patricia ArintoPatricia Arinto is Dean of the Faculty of Education of the University of the Philippines Open University where she teaches courses on the foundations of distance education, learning theories and instructional design, and online teaching. Her research interests include teacher professional development in ICT-supported teaching, academic development in teaching at a distance, and resource-based learning. In 2012 she led a USAID-funded study on the state of ICT in basic education in the Philippines, and from 2010 to 2012 she was part of an IDRC-funded study on “Openness and Quality in Asian Distance Education”. From 2006 to 2009 she was co-editor of the biennial Digital Review of Asia-Pacific, which covered the state of practice and trends in ICT4D in more than 30 territories in Asia and the Pacific. At present she is the project leader and principal investigator of an Australian Government-funded study on the use of tablet computers for teaching and learning in nine public secondary schools in the Philippines, and she is the deputy principal investigator of the IDRC-funded ROER4D project.

Patricia holds a Doctor in Education (EdD) degree from the Institute of Education, University of London; an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines Diliman; and a BA in Communication Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Visayas – Tacloban College. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning from the University of British Columbia (Canada).

Maria Ng

MariaNg copyMaria Ng worked as a senior program specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada where for almost four decades, she helped shape and guide its support for ICT4D research throughout developing Asia. In 2007, she was conferred the Medal of Monisaraphon by the Government of Cambodia for distinguished services rendered to culture and education and her role in Khmer language computing. In 2011, the President of Mongolia conferred on her the Mongolia Friendship Medal for her contribution to the country’s ICT development and policy. Maria holds a Master degree in Education (M. Ed) and an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology) – AGDDE(T), both from Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. Maria is a graduate of The Open University, Milton Keynes, and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals ( MCLIP), U.K.

As well as being a member of the ROER4D Advisory Group, Maria provides the Research management for Sub-project 10: Impact of the use of OER. Project coordination for Sub-project 10 is based at Wawasan Open University (WOU), Penang, Malaysia, under the educational expertise of Emeritus Professor Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Honorary Director, Institute for Research and Innovation.

Vivien Chiam

1cb2f72Vivien Chiam serves as Research Assistant to the ROER4D Impact Studies Project from her Singapore home base. Vivien has had a long career with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in various administrative and management positions at its Regional Office in Singapore. In her last position there was Partnerships and Communications Manager from 1999 to 2010, she worked with IDRC’s Program Units to strengthen the capacity of IDRC’s Asia research partners in their fundraising and communications initiatives. Vivien has an MBA (Strategic Management) from University of East London and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Suan Choo Khoo

Project Administrator, Wawasan Open University