Teaching and Learning Office

Mr Zwelisha Mfishi

Mr Zwelisha Mfishi

Instructional Designer

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Staff Bio

Mr. Zwelisha Mfishi is an Instructional Designer at DVC Teaching and Learning. His role involves the implementation and adoption of digital pedagogical and learning strategies at UTLO. He currently holds a Master of Social Sciences (Social Work); Bachelor of Social Work (Cum Laude) and he is currently enrolled for Doctor of Philosophy (human sciences) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Before joining the UTLO division, he served in different roles within Higher Education and Training including but not limited to Monitoring and Evaluation, Lecturer and Head of Tutors, Supervisor (Research and Practice), Training Officer, and Research Assistant.

He is a published scholar and has had various presentations at conferences, symposiums, colloquiums, and seminars. These include presentations at MSA Africa Regional Group Conference: Memory (Studies) in Africa, 2021. [Organised by: University of Pretoria, South Africa; Frankfurt University, Germany]; ASSASWEI (2022) colloquium organised by University of KwaZulu Natal; Symposium organised by Facchochschule University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2021; Symposium on Global Transformation organised by University of Johannesburg in partnership with University of KwaZulu-Natal; Midlands State University and Facchochschule University of Applied Sciences.

He is a recipient of various funding and scholarships i.e. DAAD Student Exchange program (2021); Rick Turner Scholarship (2019), UKZN Cum Laude Scholarship (2019), and DSI-NRF Grant holder linked Scholarship (2018, 2020, & 2021).

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Cum Laude)

  • Master of Social Science (Social Work)

Research Interest

Emancipatory Education, Digital Pedagogies, Online and Blended Learning, Decolonialisation and Africanisation.

  • Makhanya, T., Mfishi, Z. (2022). Prior and During COVID-19: The Experiences of Social Work Students on the Use of Blended Learning and Online Learning at a South African University. [Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk]
Conferences and Presentations
  • Mfishi, Z., Zibane, S. (2021). Divisions in Traditional Xhosa Male Circumcision (TXMC): To Evolve or Remain? reflection on challenges posed by Colonialism and Apartheid to traditional circumcision practices. Presented at MSA Africa Regional Group Conference: Memory (Studies) in Africa, 2021. [Organised by: University of Pretoria, South Africa; Frankfurt University, Germany]
  • Mfishi, Z., (2021). Exploring the impact of online learning on African students’ emancipatory education in a South African university: Implications for Social Work Education. Presented at Facchochschule University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2021.
  • Buthelezi, N., Mfishi, Z., Memela, L (2022). Embedding the psychosocial intervention in Ubuntu principles: A trifactor response to COVID-19, looting, and flood disaster in KwaZulu-Natal. Presented at ASASWEI (2022) colloquium.
  • Mfishi, Z., Zibane, S. (2023) The impact of Online Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic on Emancipatory Education in Human Applied Sciences at a South African University: A Quantitative Preliminary Analysis of Results. Accepted: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, UKZN.