Tsholofelo Sethibe is a multidisciplinary researcher whose many years of teaching Biology and Computer Science led her to pursue the computing field more intentionally. She then undertook postgraduate studies in the same, and worked as a Principal Systems Analyst for local authorities before joining academia in the Information Systems stream. Currently she is pursuing a PhD (Information Systems) with the School of Information, Systems and Modelling at the University of Technology Sydney.
With a background of curriculum design and measurement methods, Tsholofelo has developed material and instructed information systems courses using multiple delivery methods and mixed assessment methods, including the use of Blackboard and Moodle. This has enabled her to develop instructional competence using contemporary educational technologies, and people skills that are necessary to facilitate delivery of curriculum content. She was responsible for designing course programs, delivering the content, developing, administering and grading student assessments. Owing to a desire to see information technologies benefit society, Tsholofelo was part of a team that embarked on a community project to teach computer literacy to staff of a primary school. They gained knowledge that helped them improve record-keeping, data management, production of reports and preparation of presentations for workshops – thereby enhancing their output. Apart from academia, this researcher also has industrial experience from serving as Principal Systems Analyst in a local authority, augmenting the skills she now possesses – facilitation, management, team work, coordination, communication, adaptability, resolving issues, decision-making, having a positive attitude and willingness to learn.
- Master of Information Technology (MIT), University of Canberra, Australia (2005)
- Graduate Diploma in Computing (GradDip Comp), Monash University, Australia (2003)
- Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), University of Botswana (2002)
- Bachelor of Education in Science (B.Ed Sc), University of Botswana, Botswana (1992)
My interests in research are anchored on how we can apply different information systems and communication technologies to the society and organisations, and the impact of doing so. Hence my areas include
- Online support health systems
- IT governance in public organisations – offline & online
- Social computing in public sector organisations
- e-Government adoption and evaluation
- IT Tools and Applications
- Information Management Systems Development
- Introduction to Databases and Information Retrieval
- Data and Information Management I
- Introduction to Information Science
- Health Information Systems
- Introduction to Internet and Web Design
- IS Project Management
Campbell, J., McDonald, C. and Sethibe, T. (2009). Public and Private Sector IT Governance: Identifying Contextual Differences. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 16(2), 5-18.
Sethibe, T., Campbell, J. and McDonald, C. (2007). "IT Governance in Public and Private Sector Organisations: Examining the Differences and Defining Future Research Directions" (2007). ACIS 2007 Proceedings. Paper 118.
Sethibe, T. and Bwalya, K. (2013). Botswana’s e-Government Development Trajectory: The Experience of Local Authorities, In Sebina, P.M., Moahi, K.H. & Bwalya, K.J. (Ed). ‘Digital Access and E-Government: Perspectives from Developing and Emerging Countries’’ Idea Group Publishing, Hershey, USA.
- As a Principal Systems Analyst, she managed a project to install a hybrid VoIP telephone system which improved communication within the district council (2012).
The researcher is currently investigating how we can use moderated online social networks to support carers, since literature confirms that they suffer from social isolation, stress and strain. With the proliferation of technology use by many, including carers, the study hopes to establish carers’ perceptions of how these social networks can be used to empower them to make decisions concerning themselves and their care recipients.