Jako Olivier is the current UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources hosted at the NWU. He is also a professor in Multimodal Learning in the School of Professional Studies in Education, Faculty of Education of the NWU.
John Balfour was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1971 and completed his schooling at Christian Brothers College in Pretoria in 1989. He has worked in higher education since 1994, as a tutor of English, residence sub-warden in Livingstone House, at Rhodes University where he read English and History for a BA, a BA Hons in English (1993), and an HDE in 1994. He enrolled for a Masters degree in English and Education at the University of Natal which was completed with distinction in 1995.