Lighton Phiri

Email address: lphiriAtcs.uct.ac.za

Biography

Lighton Phiri is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. He works under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Hussein Suleman and Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel. He received a BSc degree from the University of Zambia, in 2007 and an MSc degree from the University of Cape Town, in 2013, both in Computer Science. His doctoral research is in the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) space, where he is exploring classroom orchestration in order to understand the impact of organised orchestration on educators' effectiveness within formal learning environment.

Research interests

Even though there are a number of factors that are known to influence educational quality, supporting teachers is considered one of the most effective ways of making classrooms effective learning environments, subsequently improving the quality of learning. However, the multi-faceted nature of classroom orchestration--the teacher-centric real-time management of classroom activities--, its complexity, and general classroom constraints, present grand challenges on the effective management of the modern-day classroom environment. We argue that streamlined technology-driven orchestration could be attained through the use of a classroom orchestration workbench, potentially making educators more effective. Early supporting evidence demonstrates the feasibility of organised orchestration and its potential to improve students' learning experience.