SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Insights from Distance Education practices
S. Tichapondwa Modesto
Stephen P. Tichapondwa
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About the Authors
Stanslaus Tichapondwa Modesto (DLitt et Phil)
S.T. Modesto is currently Head of Department (School of Business Studies) at the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning. He started his career as a secondary school teacher in Zimbabwe after
completing the Secondary Teachers’ Certificate at the
Gwelo Teachers’ College (Rhodesia). He then
accomplished the B.A. Honours (University of London)
specialising in English Literature by distance education.
He then went on to study the post-graduate B. Ed
Honours degree with the University of South Africa, after
which he studied for the Diploma in Business
Management with INTEC College (Cape Town). Both
qualifications were through distance education. This was
followed by the M.A. English Second Language (a fulltime study programme) with the University of Zimbabwe. Lately, he completed the Doctor of Literature and
Philosophy (Applied Linguistics) with the University of
South Africa. He has taught English in Zimbabwe (high
schools, colleges of education, and university), in
Botswana, and in South Africa. He served in various capacities as Academic Administrator at the International School of South Africa, National Chief Examiner (English) for the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education and Colleges of Education in the erstwhile Bophuthatswana. He was founder member of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and the Midlands State University (MSU, Gweru) where he was Chair of the Department of English and Communication Studies. He served as representative of the Bishops’ Council on the council for the Catholic University of Zimbabwe. He has designed curricula for DE and conventional university, written study materials, authored academic textbooks (Interactive communication; Before the Next Song and other Poems; and Language and the School Curriculum). He has also published articles in refereed journals and conducted consultancies in distance education in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mauritius for Rotary Club International, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for the Virtual University of the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). He is author of
Introducing Distance Education. Currently he is lecturing (part-time) on the Master of Education in DE degree for IGNOU, co-researching on qualifications frameworks for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the SADC Region, and coordinating the Practitioner Research and Evaluation Skills course for the VUSSC.
Stephen P. Tichapondwa (BSc - Computer Science)
S Tichapondwa is currently a Business Analyst at a Cape Town based IT-Consultancy. He started his career as an IT-trainer, after completing his studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. He specialised in Technical IT instruction and was the ICT coordinator for the Botswana branch of Damelin (one of the largest vocational educational providers in Southern Africa). During this time he obtained an Advanced Diploma in Project Management, as well certification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration. Stephen moved to Cape Town where he started off working at Candor Technologies, a top 50 ICT company in South Africa specialising in Software Development and Web hosting. He then moved to Temo Consulting, whose service provision spans several blue-chip Financial and Insurance companies in South Africa. His current work involves software development and Business Process Reengineering. He is an author of several IT study materials under BOCODOL
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