Taskeen Adam PhD

Associate Manager

Taskeen is an Associate Manager at Open Development & Education. She completed her PhD on  ‘Addressing Injustices through MOOCs: A study among peri-urban, marginalised South African youth’ at the University of Cambridge. Her research highlighted that historical injustices, cultural imposition, and economic dependence continue to play a pivotal role in education. Her MPhil thesis focused on the ‘Sustainable Implementation of the One Laptop per Child project in Rwanda’. Alongside her academic pursuits, she pioneered Khwela (a regional online course platform) and Solar Powered Learning in South Africa as well as Mobile Education for Smart Technology in India. Prior to her career shift to EdTech, she worked as an electrical engineer, specialising in measurement and control.


El-Sefary, Y., Adam, T., & Haßler, B. (forthcoming). The effectiveness of technology-supported teacher professional learning communities in emergency settings. Future-Proofing Teacher Education: Voices from South Africa and Beyond. Routledge.
Adam, T., Chuang, R., & Haßler, B. (2021). Structured Pedagogy and EdTech. EdTech Hub. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4460344
Adam, T., McBurnie, C., & Haßler, B. (2020). Rolling out a national virtual learning environment (EdTech Hub Helpdesk Request No. 22). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3406132
Adam, T., El-Serafy, Y., Podea, M., & Haßler, B. (2021). The use of “building blocks” to develop digital platforms for education in sub-Saharan Africa. EdTech Hub. https://doi.org/10.53832/edtechhub.0049
BBC World Service - People Fixing the World, How to put the internet in a box. (n.d.). In BBC. Retrieved May 29, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08vgmnv
Adam, T. (2020). Open educational practices of MOOC designers: embodiment and epistemic location. Distance Education, 41(2), 171–185. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2020.1757405
Adam, T. (2020). Between Social Justice and Decolonisation: Exploring South African MOOC Designers’ Conceptualisations and Approaches to Addressing Injustices [journal article]. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2020(1), 7. https://doi.org/10.5334/jime.557
Adam, T. (2020). Addressing Injustices through MOOCs: A study among peri-urban marginalised South African youth (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Cambridge.
Adam, T. (2019). Digital neocolonialism and massive open online courses (MOOCs): colonial pasts and neoliberal futures. Learning, Media and Technology, 44(3), 365–380. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2019.1640740

Full list of publications available here.