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Liesl Leonard

Liesl Leonard

Researcher in eLearning

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Cape Town South Africa

Liesl Leonard is a Researcher at The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT), The University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Currently, she is engaged in research related to ePedagogy and related eTools, eSkills, design and development, eLearning adoption and implementation, digital inclusion and, educational and communication technologies to enhance teaching-and-learning practices.

Liesl obtained a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, followed by a Post-graduate Certificate in Education from The University of Cape Town, South Africa before embarking on a brief career in teaching. In 2010, Liesl was awarded a Ford Fellowship which afforded her the opportunity to complete her Masters degree in Art Therapy at New York University, USA. Upon returning to South Africa, Liesl worked as an Art Therapist for a year before embarking on a career in research.

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University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 7535

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Current Position(s)

Researcher | Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies | The University of the Western Cape
Bellville, South Africa | October 2014 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Previous Position(s)

Art Therapist | Community Arts Therapy Programme (CATh)
Cape Town, South Africa | November 2013 - September 2014

Social Development and Community Services

Clinical Intern in Art Therapy | Inpatient Psychiatry | St. Luke's Hospital
Harlem, United States of America | September 2012 - May 2013

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Clinical Intern in Art Therapy | After School Program | Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
New York, United States of America | September 2011 - June 2012

Social Development and Community Services

Educator | Senior Phase and Further Education | Department of Education
Paarl, South Africa | January 2009 - June 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


The Settlers High School, Bellville, South Africa (2003)


New York University

New York, United States of America | 2011 - 2013

Master of Arts in Art Therapy - Art Therapy

The University of Cape Town

Rondebosch, South Africa | 2008 - 2008

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Senior Phase and Further Education and Training

The University of Cape Town

Rondebosch, South Africa | 2004 - 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art - Photography


Academic Achievements

Ford Foundation Fellowship | 2010

In 2010 Liesl was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship which allowed her to pursue her MA in Art Therapy at New York University in New York, USA between 2011 and 2013.

Presented at The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom - Hawaii, USA (IICTCHawaii2016) | 2016

Liesl presented a paper she co-authored titled, "'Digital Natives' require basic digital literacy skills" at the The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom - Hawaii, USA (IICTCHawaii2016) in January 2016.

Humanities Faculty Scholarship - University of Cape Town | 2007



Democratic Alliance (DA)

Member, May 2015 - present


Clanwilliam Arts Project

Art Volunteer, 2006 - 2008

His People N1 City

Youth Leader, May 2009 - June 2010

Community Arts Therapy Programme (CATh)

Volunteer Art Teacher, May 2010 - June 2011

Camp Good Grief

Art Therapy Volunteer, August 2012 - August 2012

Zoe's Trust

Art Therapy Volunteer, April 2014 - July 2014

Other Activities

Painting and Drawing

Artist, January 1991 - present


Nathan Carolissen

"Liesl is the kind of person that goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to making people feel accepted and special. She has the ability to look beyond face-value and see the best in each and every person when engaging with them.

She is one of the most kind-hearted and generous people I’ve ever come across. She has a personality that lights the room up no matter where she may find herself and people naturally gravitate towards her because of her bubbly and warm nature. If ever there was someone who personifies excellence, it’s Liesl. She is always presentable and strives for excellence in every endeavor she pursues.
" - 2011

Gail Renecke

"When I think of Liesl I am happy to think of an honest, trustworthy, faithful, caring and compassionate person who will put the needs of others ahead of her own. This has been proven time and time again through her work in the church and in the community. One can witness this through her voluntary work for Habitat for Humanity, work on the Social Action Committee at church, her Art class (CATh) in Nyanga (Cape Town), and the various community projects she has adopted along the way. Every task and project is met with the utmost commitment. " - 2011

Sascha Archer

"Liesl is an outgoing and creative individual who is very dedicated and committed to her work with children, the Arts and her chosen career path as an Art Therapist.

Liesl is reliable, enthusiastic, responsible, personable and a hard worker. I experienced her as having an acute sense of self-awareness, sensitivity to the children and women we work with, an ability to meet people in the here-and-now, and with a focus on resources versus deficits.
" - 2011

Ikuko Acosta

"I have known Liesl since September 2011 when she entered the Graduate Art Therapy Program at New York University. I knew Liesl in the capacity of both her professor and advisor throughout her matriculation in the Program for two years.

Liesl is an intelligent, driven, sensitive and very compassionate young woman who devoted herself to become a professional art therapist in the USA where she was able to obtain a high quality and thorough art therapy training. Liesl graduated with a good academic and clinical standing receiving a MA degree in Art Therapy in May 2013.

Shortly after graduating from NYU, Liesl left the USA to practice her training in her native country, South Africa and apply her skills. Liesl now works as a researcher in an unrelated field but, already Liesl has asserted herself fully and has been invited to present a paper at The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom in Hawaii this January.
" - 2015

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