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Dr. Aaron Bere

Dr. Aaron Bere
Unit Coordinator and Lecturer

Aaron is committed to the provision of effective teaching. His experience in public and private institutions, as well as academic qualifications has prepared him to be a better lecturer. His teaching philosophy can be described as one that incorporates small group and one-on-one teaching. He emphasises active learning approaches, fostering critical thinking and knowledge construction that lead to deep learning. Striving to remain a strong source of nurturing support, he encourages students to thrive, gets to know them and their learning styles.


Biography

Aaron has more than ten years lecturing experience in public and private universities in Australia and abroad. He has a background in software development; information systems; and database management using structured query languages (SQL). He has an excellent track record for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Information Technology and Business Information Systems. His research interests include transforming higher education learning and teaching using emerging digital technologies; and adoption of blockchain technologies. Aaron has published over thirty scholarly articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has supervised several full theses postgraduate students to completion.


Teaching Philosophy

I believe that education can contribute to the betterment of society as a whole and I am committed to be part of the driving force behind this positive change. To achieve effective learning, I encourage students to learn by connecting new knowledge with knowledge and concepts that they already know, most effectively in active social classrooms or virtual platforms where they negotiate understanding through interaction and varied approaches. Furthermore, I am committed to personalised learning which demands teaching and learning strategies that develop the competence and confidence of every student by actively engaging and stretching their critical thinking.


Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Business Information Systems, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia.
Master’s Degree in Information Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa.
Master’s Degree of Education: Adult Learning and Global Change, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa.


Teaching Areas
  • Java Programming
  • Database Management
  • C# Programming
  • Information Systems
  • Python Programming
  • Emerging Technologies in IT
  • IT project management
  • Data Analytics
  • Systems Analysis and design
  • Research Methods

Scholarship and Research Areas
  • Adoption of ICTs in Education
  • Adoption of Blockchain Technologies

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Rambe, P and Bere, A. (2014) Fostering Seamless Learning through Mobile devices: A Case of Student WhatsApp Postings. In V. Bozalek, D. Ng’ambi, D. Wood, J. Herrington and A. Amory (Eds), Activity Theory, Authentic Learning, and Emerging Technologies: Southern Perspectives in Higher Education, Routledge Education Series.

Accredited Journals

  • Bere, A, Deng, H and Tay, R (2022: in press) Investigating the Impact of instant messaging on the performance of teaching and learning: The role of individual student characteristics. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.
  • Bere, A and Rambe, P (2019) Understanding mobile learning using a social embeddedness approach: A case of instant messaging. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 15, Issue 2, pp. 132-153.
  • Bere, A (2018) Applying an Extended Task-Technology Fit for Establishing Determinants of Mobile Learning: An Instant Messaging Initiative. Journal of Information Systems Education. Vol 29, Issue 4 page 198-215.
  • Bere, A and Rambe, P (2016) An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Mobile Instant Messaging Appropriation in University Learning. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, Vol 28, Issue 2 page 172-198.
  • Bere, A and Rambe, P (2016) An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Mobile Instant Messaging Appropriation in University Learning. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, Vol 28, Issue 2 page 172-198.
  • Bere, A. (2014). Exploring Determinants for Mobile Learning User Acceptance and Use: An Application of UTAUT. Journal of Information Technology New Generations, Vol 18, issue 2 page 264-271.
  • Rambe, P. and Bere, A. (2013). Using Mobile Instant Messaging to Leverage Learner Participation and Transform Pedagogy at a South African University of Technology. British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 44, Issue 4 page 544-561.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings Publications

  • Bere, A, Deng, H and Tay, R (2018) Assessing the Impact of Using Instant Messaging in eLearning on the Performance of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Sydney, Australia, 3 – 5 December 2018.
  • Bere, A, Deng, H and Tay, R (2018) Investigating the Impact of eLearning Using LMS on the Performance of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services, Langkawi, Malaysia, 21 – 22 November 2018.
  • Bere, A and Mckay, E (2018) An Investigation of the Impact of ICT Tutorials in Transforming South African Higher Education: Application of the Rasch Model. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement, Perth, Australia, 17-19 January 2018.
  • Bere, A and Mckay, E (2017) Investigating the Impact of ICT Tutorial Strategies to Promote Improved Database Knowledge Acquisition. Proceedings of the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Hobart, Australia, 4-6 December 2017.
  • Luw, J, Swart, A and Bere, A (2016) Extending the Technology Acceptance Model for E-Learning Discussion Forum Adoption. Proceedings of the 6th African Engineering Education Association International Conference, Bloemfontein South Africa, 20 – 22 September 2016.
  • Mafunda, B, Bere, A and Swart, A (2016) A Review of the Information System Models for Technology Acceptance. Proceedings of the 6th African Engineering Education Association International Conference, Bloemfontein South Africa, 20–22 September 2016.
  • Mafunda, B, Bere, A and Swart, A (2016) Establishing Determinants of Electronic Books Utilisation: An Integration of Two Human Computer Interaction Adoption Frameworks. Proceedings of the 18th Human Computer interaction International Conference, Toronto Canada, 17– 22 July 2016.
  • Mpekoa, N and Bere, A (2015) An Extension and Validation of the Task Technology Fit: A Case of a Mobile Phone Voting System. Proceedings of the 17th Human Computer interaction International Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 2-7 August 2015.
  • Bere, A. (2014). An Empirical Analysis for the Mobile Learning Information Systems User Evaluation. Proceedings of the 4th Design, Development & Research Conference 2014, Cape Town, 8-10 September 2014.
  • Aucamp, J, Bere, A and Rambe, P (2014). An Evaluation of UoTs’ Technology Adoption and Use: A case of E-learning Discussion Forums. Proceedings of the 7th International South African Technology Network. Durban, 14-16 October 2014.
  • Bere, A. and Tsumake, O. P. (2013). An Evaluation Of Agricultural Technology Acceptance: Agent Based Model for Simulating Effects Of land Use Change. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information, Records and Archives in a Knowledge Society: Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 6-8 August 2013.
  • Bere, A. and Rambe, P. (2013). Extending Technology Acceptance Model in Mobile Learning Adoption: South African University of Technology Students’ Perspectives. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on e-Learning 2013, Cape Town, 26-28 June 20213.
  • Rambe, P. and Bere, A. (2013). Using Social Embeddedness to Explore Ubiquitous Learning in Mobile Environments at a South African University of Technology. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on e-Learning 2013, Cape Town 26-28 June 20213.
  • Chipunza, C and Bere, A (2013). Towards a Novel Perspective on the Academic Use of Mobile Learning Applications: A Case of University Students’ Perspective. Proceedings of the Global Business and Technology Association conference, Helsinki, Finland, 2– 6 July 2013.
  • Bere, A. (2013). Assessing Learner Motivation Using Mobile Learning Technologies at a South African University of Technology. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, Cape Town, South Africa, 10-13 September 2013.
  • Mpekoa, N. and Bere, A. (2013). Factors Affecting Behavioural Intentions to Use Mobile Voting Technologies. Proceedings of the 15 Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, Cape Town, South Africa, 10 -13 September 2013.
  • Bere, A. (2013). Toward Assessing the Impact of Mobile Security Issues in Pedagogical Delivery: A Mobile Learning Case Study. Proceedings of the Science and Information Conference IEEE 2013, London, 7-9 October 2013.
  • Bere, A. (2013). Towards a Model for Motivating Mobile Learners: An Extension of the ARCS model. Proceedings of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research, Cape Town, 8-12 December 2013.
  • Bere, A and Rambe, P. (2012). An M-learning Strategy for Leveraging Learner Participation: Using Mobile Instant Messaging at a South African University of Technology. Proceedings of the South Africa Computer Lecturers’ Association Conference 2012, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1– 3 July 2012.
  • Bere, A. (2012). A Comparative Study of Student Experiences of Ubiquitous Learning via Mobile Devices and Learner Management Systems at a South African university. Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, Durban, South Africa, 7-9 November 2012.
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