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Anisa Vahed

Educational Developer

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I joined XJTLU in May 2023 as an Associate Professor in the Education Development Unit. I am also an Honorary Research Associate at the Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa, where I was previously employed as a Dental Technology academic, researcher, and practitioner in the Dental Sciences department. A Fulbright Fellow, Teaching Advancements at Universities fellow, and Y2 NRF-rated researcher, my research interests include undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry, internationalizing the curriculum through virtual exchanges such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), curriculum design and development, and game-based teaching and learning. ORCID:;

Research interests

Unfurling the PostSchool Education and Training (UPSET)

Supporting Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE

Virtual Exchanges

Supporting High-Impact Practices (SHIP)


Y2 NRF Rated Researcher (2019 - 2024)

Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellow - Sponsored by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) designed to promote and sustain the Scholarship of Teaching Learning (SOTL) at South African Universities. (2015 - 2016)

Future Professors Programme (Phase 1: Cohort 2) The Department of Higher Education and Training initiative in South Africa aims to produce a critical mass of academic excellence and leadership within South African Higher Education (2021 to February 2022)).

Fulbright Fellow (mid-July 2021 – February 2022) Title of Project: Advancing the Undergraduate Research – Teaching Nexus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, USA

Educational Developer at XJTLU: Joined in May 2023

Academic Practitioner, Researcher, Dental Technologist at DUT: 2003 - Feb 2023

Awards and honours

2022: Recipient of the Chancellor’s Award – Impactful Category, which is awarded to an innovative initiative that equips students for the best part of their careers (26 November, in Durban, South Africa). This was based on the recognised merits of SURE.

2022: Recipient of the KIC/NRF Grant for the ‘Hosting a Visiting Scientist’ Category. The Amount Awarded is R 50 000.

2019: Recipient of the ‘2018’ Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Recognition of Innovative Excellence in the Category of ‘Networking the University’ for the 4Ps of Digital Business Practices in Dental Technology: An Online Pedagogical Intervention to Enrich Student Learning. Received at DUT Council Awards 2018 Ceremony, which was held on Friday, 29 November 2019 at the Durban Country Club in Durban.

2019: One of 11 successful applicants for the ‘2019’ 5th e-Learning Excellence Awards: An Anthology of Case Histories 2019, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, 7-8 November 2019.

2019: Runner Up for the ‘2019’ Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards at the 18th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM), 20-21 June 2019, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Related documents

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate in Quality, Durban University of Technology - 2014

Masters in Dental Technology, Durban University of Technology - 2014


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • curriculum
  • pedagogical practices
  • assessment
  • collaborative learning
  • dental education
  • health science education
  • game-based teaching and learning
  • LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
  • COIL
  • dental technology education
  • LD Individual institutions (United States)
  • COIL
  • interdiscplinary teaching
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Activity Theory
  • Maton's Legitimation Code Theory
  • Bernstein Knowledge and Knower Structures

Person Types

  • Staff


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