Jako Olivier is a professor in multimodal learning in the School of Professional Studies, Faculty of Education of the North-West University.
He obtained his PhD in 2011 at the NWU in which he researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools by means of blended and e-learning. He also completed a BA, BA Honours (cum laude), Postgraduate Certificate in Education and MA (cum laude) from the former PU for CHE. Before he joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, he was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 he was a lecturer in Afrikaans linguistics at the School of Languages, Faculty of Arts of the NWU after which he moved to the Faculty of Education. He serves on the executives of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa and the Names Society of Southern Africa. In 2017 he received a Y2 rating from the NRF and he was awarded the Education Association of South Africa's Emerging Researcher Medal in 2018.
His research interests include multimodal learning; open educational resources, individualised blended learning;, e-learning in language classrooms, bring your own device approaches, the use of mobile devices in language teaching, online multilingualism and multiculturalism, screen translation as well as macro-sociolinguistics.