Taskeen Adam PhD

Associate Manager

Taskeen is an Associate Manager with 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.


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

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., 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

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., Chuang, R., & Haßler, B. (2021). Structured Pedagogy and EdTech. EdTech Hub. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4460344

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.

Full list of publications available here.