Sumarie Roodt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, where she has been teaching and conducting research since 2012. From 2008 until 2012 taught at the University of Pretoria (UP) in the Department of Informatics in the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology Faculty. Before joining academia she worked as a project manager and strategy consultant in for a number of years. Sumarie Roodt is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher in the Young Emerging Researcher category.
Sumarie has a BCom: Informatics (UP) degree, an MBA degree (UCT) and a PhD: Informatics degree (UP). She also furthered her studies at the Chicago Booth School of Business as well as attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Sumarie was awarded a National Research Foundation/Department of Science & Technology Doctoral Innovation bursary as well as a UP Doctoral bursary. She is currently busy studying towards qualifying as a registered Neuropsychologist which she intends to combine with a specialisation in Cognitive Computing.
Sumarie has a passion for unlocking the potential of technology for teaching and learning whilst at the same time investigating the challenges associated with that. Her research focus is on the Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) domain and within this specialisation, she addresses the impact of technology on teaching and learning activities in developing countries. She also focusses on investigating the dynamic between TEL and students’ generational differences and individual learning styles, with a sub-specialisation in the fields of Neuro-Informatics and Neuropsychology. In particular, she explores the use of Serious Gaming/Digital Game-Based Learning and the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality for teaching and learning. She continues to study how Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) initiatives can be rapidly implemented through the use of emerging technologies and the impact of ICT4D initiatives on the psychological and socio-economic empowerment of communities. One of these ICT4D projects investigated how mobile technology could be used for learning outside the classroom in rural schools in Tanzania and South Africa. also applies her technology-enhanced learning expertise to the rapidly growing field of e-health innovations, in e-Health for Mental Well-being in developing countries. One of these projects investigated the use of mobile technologies for assisting university students with their Mental Well-being. she is working on researching how technology is being used in the start-up entrepreneurship community in Africa for ICT4D.
Sumarie regularly presents research at local and international conferences and she also serves as a reviewer for a number of local and international journals in the field of TEL, ICT4D and e-Health. From a non-profit perspective, Sumarie is the Chairperson of the Silicon Cape Initiative (https://www.siliconcape.com/) which fosters Technology Entrepreneurship in the Western Cape in South Africa.