pytDr P. Y. Thomas
EdD (UNISA), MEdTech (USQ), MSc (UK), MEd (UB), MBA (UB)
Educational Consultant
 
Educationist, Educational Technologist, Instructional Designer, Workshop Facilitator, Administrator, Researcher, Editor, Computer Programmer, & Licensed ICDL Trainer & Examiner 
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Research and Publications
  1. Thomas, P. Y., Mmereki, R. N., & Boy, R.L. (2018). Evaluation of an Academic and Student Administration System in its Post-Implementation Phase: A Case Study at the University of Botswana. International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems (IJEIS), 14(3), 79-90.
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (June 2015). The Potential of Elearning in Botswana. Lonaka- Journal of Learning and teaching. University of Botswana.
  3. Thomas, P. Y. (2012). Cloud Computing: New Opportunities and Challenges for Education. IEEE Technology and Engineering Education, 7(2). National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. (ISSN 1558-7908).
  4. Thomas, P.Y. (2011). Cloud computing: A potential paradigm for practising the scholarship of teaching and learning. Emerald- The Electronic Library, 29(2), 214 – 224. Available in both online and print versions. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. ISSN 0264-0473.
  5. Thomas, P.Y. (2010). Opportunities and Challenges of Emerging Technologies in Higher Education: Future Directions. International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy (IJIDE), 1(4), 27-40.
  6. Thomas, P. Y., & Molelu, G. B. (2008). Online Discussion Forum: Promises and Possibilities. Learning Technology Newsletter, 10(4), October 2008. A publication of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology (LTTC); ISSN 1438-0625.
  7. Thomas, P. Y. (June 2008). Managing change towards a blended learning model at the University of Botswana. Nawa Journal of Language and Communication, 2(1). Polytechnic of Namibia, Department of Communication.
  8. Thomas, P. Y. (2002). An evaluation of the BGCSE science syllabus. Science Education International, The Journal of the International Council of Association for Science Education, 13(2), 2-11.
  9. Thomas, P. Y., & Emereole, H. U. (2002). Effect of computer-based instruction on performance in physics. Journal of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 6, 97-112.
 
Book Chapters
  1. Thomas, P. Y. (2012). Harnessing the potential of cloud computing to transform higher education. In L. Chau (Ed.), Cloud Computing for Teaching and Learning: Strategies for Design and Implementation. IGI Global Publishing. pp.147-158. ISBN 10: 1466609575
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (2011). Guiding Strategy for Technology Innovation. In R. Roy (Ed.), Educational Technology in the changing society. Delhi: Shipra Publications. pp. 138-158 ISBN 978-81-7541-551-5.
 
Conference Paper Presentations
  1. Thomas, P. Y. (2018). Outcome-based Education: Benefits and Challenges. Paper presented at the International Conference on Internationalising University Culture in Developing Educational Environments. Organised by the Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, July 4 - 5, 2018.
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (2015). The Extent of Blended Learning Adoption at Master’s Level in a University. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Academic and Professional Communication, University of Botswana, July 15 -17, 2015.
  3. Thomas, P. Y. (2011). A Framework for Blended Learning at the University of Botswana: The LAPTEL Model. Paper presented at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning conference 2011 held on 11-13 April 2011, University of Leeds.
  4. Buru, G., & Thomas, P. Y. (2010). Student perceptions of the role of Blackboard ‘Communication Tools’ on their learning experience. Paper presented at the 1st International Communication Studies Conference (ICSC) University of Botswana held on 5-8 December, 2010.
  5. Buru, G., & Thomas, P. Y. (2010). A study on the use of Blackboard communication tools in ‘Communication and Study Skills’ course: The case of first year business programme students at the University of Botswana. Paper presented at the RASA conference in Port Elizabeth held on 1- 3 October, 2010.
  6. Thomas, P. Y. (2010). Blended learning: Myths and a menu of strategies. The African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2010 held on 25-27 May 2010, University of Botswana, Gaborone.
  7. Thomas, P. Y. (2009). Cloud Computing: A potential paradigm for practisingthe scholarship of teaching and learning. The ‘African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2009’ held in Pretoria on 12-14 May 2009 at CSIR Conference Centre, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
  8. Thomas, P. Y., & Molelu, G. B. (June, 2008). Elearning Adoption at UB: Constraints and Challenges in Crossing the Chasm. Paper presented at the EDUVATE 2008 Conference, June 25-27, 2008.
  9. Thomas, P. Y., & Molelu, G. B. (May, 2008). Online Discussion Forum: Promises and Possibilities. Paper presented at the BBWorld Europe’08 Annual Conference held in the Palace Hotel in Manchester, England on 12-14 May 2008.
  10. Thomas, P. Y. (2007). Facing the Challenges of Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies: Future Directions. Paper presented at the ‘digital scholarship’ conference held at the University of Botswana in December, 2007.
  11. Thomas, P. Y. (2005). The role of ICTs in Botswana secondary education. Paper presented at the 10th Annual International Conference held 2005, May 23-26, 2005 at the University of Brunei, Darussalam.
  12. Thomas, P. Y., Kyeleve, I. J., Prophet, B., et al. (2004). Equipping Botswana Secondary Teachers with ICT knowledge and Skills for School mathematics and Science Teaching. Paper presented at the International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (EISTA), Orlando, USA.
  13. Thomas, P. Y. (2004). Student Assessment and Programme Evaluation in distance education. Presented a concept paper at a retreat organised by UB and held in Palapye on 28 & 29, June 2004.
  14. Thomas, P. Y. (2003, April 11). Trends in the use of ICTs in education: a Botswana perspective. Paper presented at the 2003 South Dakota Distance Education Conference held at the Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
  15. Thomas, P. Y. (2002, September 28). Integrating ICT into Botswana SecondaryCurriculum: Realities and Challenges. Paper presented at the 2002 Southern African Society for Education (SASE) Annual Conference held at Technikon, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
  16. Thomas, P. Y., & Emereole, H. U. (2001, August 2). Potential benefits of CAI in secondary science education: a case study. Paper presented at the 9th BOLESWA International Educational Research Symposium held at the University of Botswana, Gaborone.
  17. Thomas, P. Y. (2018). Outcome-based Education: Opportunities and Challenges. Paper presented at the international Conference held at Maharaja Conference Hall, Gaborone on 4 & 5th July 2018.
 
Conference Proceedings
  1. Thomas, P. Y. (2011). A Framework for Blended Learning at the University of Botswana: The LAPTEL Model. Paper presented at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning conference 2011 held on 11-13 April 2011, University of Leeds.
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (May 2010). Blended learning: Myths and a menu of strategies. Book of Abstracts. The African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2010. 25-27 May 2010, University of Botswana, Gaborone. Available online at: Link to follow.
  3. Thomas, P. Y. (2009). Cloud Computing: A potential paradigm for practising the scholarship of teaching and learning. Online Proceedings of the ‘African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2009’ held in Pretoria. 12-14 May 2009 CSIR Conference Centre, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
  4. Thomas, P. Y., & Molelu, G. B. (June, 2008). Elearning Adoption at UB: Constraints and Challenges in Crossing the Chasm. EDUVATE 2008 Conference in Pretoria, RSA, June 25-27, 2008.
  5. Thomas, P. Y., Kyeleve, I. J., Prophet, B., et al. (2004, July 21-25). Equipping Botswana Secondary Teachers with ICT knowledge and Skills for School mathematics and Science Teaching. Proceedings of the EISTA 2004 Conference, 21-25 July 2004, Volume IV. Orlando (USA).
 
Other Journal/ Bulletin Articles
  1. Thomas, P. Y., & Motshegwe, M. M. (March, 2008). Instructional Design for eLearning: An overview. LONAKA Bulletin. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (October, 2007). Towards Developing an Elearning Strategy for the University of Botswana. LONAKA Bulletin. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
  3. Thomas, P. Y. (March 2007). Curriculum development: A blended learning model for the University of Botswana. LONAKA Bulletin. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
  4. Thomas, P. Y. (2003). Distance Education: Present Status and Trends. LONAKA Bulletin. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
  5. Thomas, P. Y. (2003). Distance Education: Present Status and Trends. LONAKA Bulletin. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
  6. Thomas, P. Y. (1996). Impact of the Internet in everyday life. Botswana Science Magazine. Gaborone: Botswana Science Teachers’ Association.
 
Theses and Dissertations
  1. Thomas, P. Y. (2017). Evaluating the Performance of Academic Student Administration System (ASAS) in its Post-implementation Phase from an End-user Perspective: A Case Study at the University of Botswana. Unpublished Masters Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration to the Graduate School of Business, Faculty of Business, University of Botswana.
  2. Thomas, P. Y. (2011). Towards Developing a Web-based Blended Learning Environment at the University of Botswana. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.
  3. Thomas, P. Y. (2003). The Use of ICT in Botswana Secondary Education System: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for the Future. Unpublished Master’s in Education Technology Dissertation, University of Southern Queensland, Education Technology Dissertation, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland (Australia).
  4. Thomas, P. Y. (2001). Effect of computer-based instruction on student performance in Physics. Unpublished Masters Dissertation, School of Graduate Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone.
 
Monographs
  1. Wrote four (4) chapters in the ODL Handbook for Writers and Editors developed by the Distance Education Dept. of CCE, UB.
  2. Wrote four (4) chapters in GEC 121: Computing and Information Skills. Study Module for DPE students of Distance Education Dept. of CCE, UB.
 
Mimeographs
  1. Guidelines for Writing and Editing Distance Learning Materials, Distance Education Dept. of CCE, UB.
  2. Student Prospectus for the BBA Programmes by Distance Learning, Distance Education Dept. of CCE, UB.
  3. Use of APA Referencing Style in Distance Education Modules and Professional writings