Leona M. Ungerer

Leona M. Ungerer
University of South Africa | unisa · Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology

PhD

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April 2015 - October 2015
University of South Africa
Position
  • Acting head: Office of teaching and learner support
January 1990 - present
University of South Africa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
May 2012 - May 2013
University of Maryland Global Campus
Field of study
  • Technology-enhanced teaching and learning
January 2003 - February 2009
University of South Africa
Field of study
  • Psychology (Consumer psychology)

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Publications (20)
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AI is seen as the future engine of education and many expect AI to significantly transform education and drastically alter teaching tools, learning approaches, access to knowledge and teacher training. It is increasingly impossible to think of learning analytics without AI. There are, however, several concerns surrounding the ethics of using AI in...
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Cybershaming is a fairly new phenomenon and involves the enforcement of established or perceived social norms by the online community. It differs from earlier types of shaming in terms of the speed at which information can be shared, the prevalence of anonymous shaming, the vastness of the audience and the lasting accessibility of shaming informati...
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This chapter focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education, including the possibilities it holds for this context, as well as why human educators will not be replaced by AI. It elaborates on how the ecosystem should be considered when incorporating AI in higher education in an emerging country context and how universities could prepar...
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With contributions from four continents, this volume reveals a ‘snapshot’ of some of our best thinking for building new education futures. Diverse experiences, visions, and ideas are shared to help spark new thinking among educators and policymakers, provoke conversation, and facilitate new ideas for meeting human development needs in a rapidly tra...
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All people daily consume products and services, irrespective of their income. The millions of people globally who still live in absolute poverty also need to purchase basic necessities for survival. Shame, an emotion that is generated both internally and externally, appears to be a characteristic experience in poverty. The term, Bottom of Pyramid d...
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An understanding of the key characteristics and implicit competencies underlying online teaching is essential to distance education institutions that embark on the assertive use of technology in their tuition development and delivery. The Virtual Teaching Dispositions Scale (VTDS) assists in investigating professional teaching dispositions associat...
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Previous studies of Schwartz’s theory of basic human values assessed whether the measurement part of the model is invariant across cultural groups by mainly considering the covariances between the values, modelled as first order latent variables in order to describe the structural relationship postulated in the theory. The proposed model is a secon...
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Digital curation may be regarded as a core competency in higher education since it contributes to establishing a sense of metaliteracy (an essential requirement for optimally functioning in a modern media environment) among students. Digital curation is gradually finding its way into higher education curricula aimed at fostering social media litera...
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Global changes impacting on the work environment including, increased competition and new technologies, are also felt in developing countries, but their impact has not been investigated to the same extent as in develop countries. The objective of this research was to investigate the impact of demographic variables on organisational culture and empl...
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In South Africa, enhancing student success and retention in higher education is a national and institutional priority. Phenomena contributing to challenges experienced during this process include students' under-preparedness for higher education, for instance, because they are from disadvantaged backgrounds. In an open distance learning (ODL) envir...
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The commercialization of higher education coupled with UNESCO’s guidelines for “cross-border higher education” compelled higher education institutions to look at alternative and inclusive ways to accommodate the ever-growing student population. One of the methods is the change to online teaching for distance education students. However, to successf...
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Orientation: Since service quality is an important differentiator in the banking industry, it is essential to select suitable customer service centre staff, particularly those who are responsible for handling queries from clients who hold significant lifetime value in this industry. Research purpose: The aim of the study was to identify personalit...
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Previous research investigated academics' use, knowledge and adoption of emerging technologies in an open distance learning (ODL) environment in some depth. Investigating the key characteristics and implicit competencies underlying online teaching at this South African ODL institution should further promote an understanding of academics' uptake of...
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Orientation: This article provides a rationale for considering transformative consumer research as a research approach for investigating the relationship between consumption and consumers’ well-being in South Africa. Research purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the principles underlying transformative consumer research, including how i...
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Transformative consumer research investigates the influence of consumption on political and social tensions related to severe economic imbalances. Its normative goal is to improve well-being – a state of flourishing that involves health, happiness and prosperity. It has been suggested that in South Africa an unprecedented wave of violent crime may...
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The trend that technology affects most spheres of people’s lives impacts on society’s requirements for essential skills and knowledge. Effectively using technology in teaching and learning in an open distance learning environment can enhance the quality of education and prepare students for their role as knowledge workers. e-Education particularly...
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The Living Standards Measure (LSM), a South African marketing segmentation method, is a multivariate wealth measure based on standard of living. This article reports on whether a rationale can be found for the inclusion of psychological variables, particularly personal values, in this type of multivariate segmentation. Schwartz’s (1992; 2006) value...
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Culture is one of the most fundamental determinants of a person's personality or motivational drives. Culture infuses personalities at both collective and individual levels and this influence affects the attitudes and behaviour of consumers and their experiences of life satisfaction. Life satisfaction has been found to be related to the consumption...
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The Living Standards Measure (LSM) a South African marketing segmentation method, is a wealth measure, based on standard of living. The current research investigates whether a rationale can be found for the inclusion of value-related variables in this type of multivariate segmentation approach. Schwartz’s values model was used to operationalise p...
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The trend that technology affects most spheres of people's lives impacts on society's requirements for essential skills and knowledge. Effectively using technology in teaching and learning in an open distance learning environment can enhance the quality of education and prepare students for their role as knowledge workers. E-education (which acknow...

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The objective of this project is to share diverse experiences, provoke conversation, and facilitate new ideas for meeting human capital development needs in rapidly transforming societies. As this book project desires to bring forward voices from the field, the call for this volume invited a broad range of topics. This work aims to present a 'snapshot' of our best thinking and experiences as we look toward the future.
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This project contains various research collaborations around the topic of cultural, intercultural and transcultural topics. At the moment, we are focusing on LOVE IN TRANSCULTURAL CONTEXTS, collaborating with researchers from all over the world on the exploration of love. Another project is the research on HUMOR and CULTURE. In previous and ongoing intercultural research we have focused on intercultural conflict management and mediation, shame and culture, organisational psychology and culture and cultural aspects and diversity in women leadership. Watch this place for updates on various projects!
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I form part of a group of five team members involved in an ODL research grant project in which we research Internet digital literacy skills among students and academic staff in an open distance learning context. Dr Lydia Mbati is the grant holder. As part of this project, we will be presenting training on e-portfolios to academic staff members. Our institution's platform of choice is Mahara.