Peer-Review: Encourage Constructive Student Feedback [Use of Turnitin Platform]

The CIECT team offers training and support to academics with regards to the ‘Peer-Review tool’, within the Turnitin (Tii platform).

Peer-Review

The Peer Review tool allows students to review papers submitted by fellow students, within specific groups.

Set-up Turnitin Class & Assignment

The CIECT team assists the academic to set-up an online class and assignment. The lecturer is able to add students to the class and designate a specific topic/paper to the students.

Set-up ‘Peer-Review eTool’ with specific parameters

The lecturer is able to set-up the environment enabling student review/feedback to be linked to the assignment. Parameters include, a questionnaire, free response, number of papers to be reviewed.

Peer-Review Process

Students are able to submit assignments. Thereafter each student receives an anonymous student paper to be reviewed. Review criteria (provided by the lecturer), includes: grammar, spelling, sentence structure; and relevant content/topic. The feedback is collated within a ‘structured list view’ which makes it easy for the student (peer) to read.

Benefits of Peer-Review

Students are encouraged to engage in constructive feedback. In addition, it is necessary for students across disciplines, preparing within their specific fields to focus on critical aspects of assessment and feedback.

Contact the CIECT team to engage in planning processes (i.e. set-up and hosting the Peer-Review environment within Tii).

ictstafftraining@uwc.ac.za

Asynchronous Teaching & Producing Multimedia Material: Cognisant of student access, environments and experiences

Students are accessing iKamva from various geographical regions. All students are exposed to different home environments; and experience different technical and connectivity issues. Hence it is important for lectures to continue to teach effectively via asynchronous methods (students access at different times across various regions).

Since the beginning of the National Lockdown many academics have developed multimedia content to support online teaching and learning. Lecturers focus on asynchronous methods and produce pre-recorded lecturers, making use of screencasts, podcasts; narrated PowerPoint presentations; and video recordings. Hence lecturers are able to record their Zoom and Google Meet sessions. These are edited and compressed; and uploaded into iKamva.

NB: Editing and compressing video recordings are important as we have to remain cognisant of large file sizes, and the quality of the recordings. We have to remain cognisant of the different user experiences and challenges. Many students are still challenged by high data charges and large multimedia downloads which rapidly deplete data.

The CIECT team offers Multimedia training sessions on a monthly basis to assist academics to develop their multimedia content in the most efficient way for online delivery. CIECT has also prepared a series of self-help instructional materials (screencasts) which will assist you to create Multimedia resources. You will be able to produce Podcasts, Narrated PowerPoint presentations, Screen recording and Edit video footage.

Workshop Multimedia resources
Basic video editing The basic video editing workshop will enable participants to engage in a ‘show, tell and do’ session where they get to do a basic video edit on their own. During the training the following will be covered: Exploring the video editing interface, Video formats, Adding video and images, Effect, Transitions, Titles, Adding audio, Editing content provided, Auto movie. Software: https://www.openshot.org/download/ Basic video editing tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRapI9kHlmY
Concept Mapping Objective: to develop basic concept map utilizing the freely available Cmaptool software. The Concept mapping workshops provide you with a two hour hands-on session covering some basic concept mapping theory as well as a practical component utilizing the OpenSource Conceptmapping tool. The software can be downloaded from the following site https://cmap.ihmc.us/ for use on your laptop or desktop. The key to developing good concept maps is practice. Software: https://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/cmaptools-download/ Concept mapping tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBcKdTIMsxo&t=8s
Screen Recording, Compression & Conversion A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output which results in a video file.  During the training participants will learn how to: record their computer screen and voice over for a screencast. Compress a screencast (video content, video formats) so that it takes up less storage and utilises less bandwidth when placed online. Convert a screencast to different formats best suited for the platform where it is going to be used. Software: https://monosnap.com/download/win Screen recording tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQER20h0Irg&t=18s
Multimedia workshop: Teaching tools for the digital age Develop multimodal digital literacy through Storytelling. All communication is multimodal in nature, whether face-to face, aural, text or images and it is during trans-modal moments that shifts in our understanding takes place. Tools that we use have certain affordances in trans-modal movement and digital storytelling provides us with the opportunity to move between modes in a meaningful way enabling us to develop vital digital literacy skills. This workshop should enable you to edit images, create audio (narration) tracks, compile your media into a video and upload to an online platform. Furthermore, you will be exposed to a variety of tools and will be able to develop your materials using the device and software of your choosing.  
Mobile Editing The aim of the workshop is to frequent participants with the basics of editing on using your mobile phone. We will do an overview of available software and explore some of the pro’s and cons of mobile editing. The workshop will look at some practical hints and basic requirements to recording with your smartphone and look at DU recorder and Vlogit as the software of choice for editing a basic video. Importing video, audio and images and titles into a project as well as the export of video to various formats for hosting and sharing. Mobile editing tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqzKjHKzL8E&t=43s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dre9Y42RLJk&t=5s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3yE_-7omyU&t=15s
Audio-editing Audio editing to create podcasts can play an important role in creating data-lite content for easy access for students where visual content may not be necessitated. Audacity is a widely used opensource application used to create or editing podcasts in a wide range of fields and can be put to good use as a form of evidence-based assignments.Software: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/ Audio editing tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd2OT26Ys_I&list=PLcNoCjyvgBPxUTdpsuqvVXVdu7A73I2Zd

                                                                                                                  Training for April 2021

Wednesday 7 AprilBasic video editing (9am – 11:30) Concept mapping (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 14 AprilScreen recording, Conversion & Compression (9: 30 am -11:30) Mobile editing (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 21 AprilConcept mapping (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 29 AprilMultimedia teaching tools for the Digital age day 1 (9am – 1pm) 
Wednesday 30 AprilMultimedia teaching tools for the Digital age day 2 (9am – 1pm) 

Book to reserve via the HR iEnabler system (Type the name of the workshop when searching for workshop details). 

Bookings and cancellations should ideally be communicated at least 3 days before the workshop.

Asynchronous Teaching supplemented with Synchronous/LiveSessions: Cognisant of student access, environments and experiences

Students are accessing iKamva from various geographical regions. All students are exposed to different home environments; and experience different technical and connectivity issues. Hence it is important for lectures to continue to teach effectively via asynchronous methods (students access at different times across various regions). You are able to supplement your online environment with ‘live/synchronous’ sessions. However we have to remain cognisant of the different user experiences and challenges.

During the national lockdown, CIECT shared examples of good practices whereby lecturers were able to teach remotely. The CIECT team advised on Asynchronous teaching methodologies, supplemented with synchronous/live sessions:

Below are some examples of good practices shared with the campus community:

Lecturers Clement Nyirenda and Louise Leenen, in collaboration with their Tutors have created an online structured module for the 2nd year students. Pre-recorded videos (structured presentations) were uploaded into the ‘Course Resources’ eTool. In addition, Tutorials; and Practical exercises and solutions were added to the eTool.

Lecturer Carole Bloch from the Faculty of Education, teaching English Home Language (ELT 311) makes use of social learning via WhatsApp and iKamva to support her students. This format of learning embraces the #NoStudentWillBeLeftBehind campaign. The lecturer schedules synchronous meeting times with each group of students which consists of eleven groups. Information is shared with the students that have challenges connecting to the internet and that have no devices.

Lecturer Gavin Maneveldt has been making use of various teaching methodologies to enable his students to actively engage online:

o   Narrated PowerPoint Presentations of lectures were uploaded to the course resources within iKamva. The lecturer is cognisant of file sizes; hence his presentations were structured into manageable chunks. Students are able to download easily.

o   Structured online environment with interactive lesson pages: Weekly activities/tasks; A checklist per weekly activity that guides students through content and tasks; Embedded Learning Science simulations

o   Dropbox for student for to upload and share activities, within iKamva (private file sharing space between lecturer and student)

Education Lecturer Intisar Etbaigha hosts structured lessons for first year module (FAL 101), which were segmented according to weekly discipline specific topics. A reading corner was developed in the online space, which is aimed at motivating students to read different literature pieces and then share their feedback within the Discussion Forum. In addition, Narrated PowerPoint Presentations were developed and embedded for each lecture.

Sociology Lecturer, created discussion topics for student and tutor engagement and online assessments. The discussion forum has been structured to allow for the following engagements: Content related discussions; Tutorial submission and discussion; Discussions with other students; and Administrative Questions.

Industrial Psychology lecturer, Tololupe Balogun enabled her 1st Year Industrial Psychology to complete an online quiz at the end of each chapter of the textbook. The quizzes consisted of 10 Multiple-Choice questions, and students had 30 minutes to complete.

EMS Faculty Lecturer, Salo Moodley has created an online environment to support teaching, learning and assessment practices for her 1st year Academic Literacy for Business students (ALB 131). A number of assessments were conducted via iKamva’s Assignments tool, allowing students to submit their work remotely and enabled immediate tracking of non-submissions. Major assignments were checked for originality using the iKamva’s Turnitin integration, which enabled students to resubmit their work up to 4 times in order to develop their writing and referencing skills.

Lecturer Dr. Bradley Rink, has created an interactive online environment for his 1st year GES (Human Geography) 111 students. Structured Lesson topics were divided according to weekly topics (scaffolded approach). Students were also provided with links to required pre-lecture readings.

Science lecturers have embedded the Learning Science Simulations for each term within their online structured environment. Students can access Pre-Lab Simulations from any geographical location: Safety Features and Hazards Dressing for the Lab Graduated Cylinders, etc. The CIECT team advised the Department regarding the design and development of a structured online environment, rather than mere uploading resources into an online space. Hence, this module entails: Overview; Course Outline; Prelab Simulations; Announcement; Discussion forums; Assignments and Tests and Quizzes.

Zoom (300 users), Google Meet (100 users) AND BigBlueButton (100 users): Platforms for hosting live/synchronous sessions

  1. Contact ICS Department for Zoom Licence to host over 100 students

If you intend to host a session for more than 100 students, please contact the ICS Department servicedesk@uwc.ac.za – to request a Zoom Licence/ Account – which allows up to 300 students per session (according to ICS); and other related Zoom queries:

  • Setting up Zoom sessions, 
  • VPN access,
  • Data costs,
  • Constraints and limitations,
  • Licensing

**The Zoom platform is similar to Google Meet, with added security and activity features.

  1. Contact ICS Department regarding Google Meet to host 100 students

Google Meet is an online communication tool that enables video and audio calls with the option of recording online sessions. Google Meet can be accessed via your Gmail profile, thus logging in to Gmail will grant you access to the platform. Group sessions are set up within the user’s calendar events. It is advised to add between 90-100 participants per session even though Google Meet allows up to 100 attendees per session. Please see the attached link which shows how to use, record and share.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/nJA3wzEk7VQ

NB: In March 2020 Google increased the number of users who could join a live lecture/Google Meet from 100 to 250 participants, due to the national lockdown.

NB: This number has been reduced to 100 on 01 March 2021

**Lecturers across disciplines have been making effective use of Google Meet to host live/synchronous sessions.

**The ICS department has advised users to login to OpenVPN (please refer to ICS email communication). Contact ServiceDesk regarding OpenVPN setup. Google Meets and Microsoft Team uses a WEBRTC protocol that bypasses VPN connections. This results in these applications consuming data. At this stage Zoom is covered by the VPN (ICS Department).

Google Meet: Create group sessions/lectures

Lecturers are able to create group sessions for large classes. **The recorded session can be presented in the follow-up classes/groups; and engage in discussion.

You are able to record the Google Meet session and share it via iKamva (online environment). In addition, pre-recorded lectures can be uploaded into iKamva.

  1. BigBlueButton – external plugin/tool: Capacity 100 users

BigBlueButton(BBB) is an external plugin (separate web conferencing tool). The eTool is integrated within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva and has been named Meetings. This eTool has been piloted across disciplines. The CIECT team encouraged the exploration and pilot, especially in order to support the #NoStudentLeftBehind campaign. This tool was placed on UWC’s zero-rated list, as it had been integrated into iKamva.

NB: The BBB vendor recommends hosting sessions of 100 users (or less). This is not a hard-coded constraint, as you can have 101, 102, etc. However, as more users join in the session, in general, overall performance may be compromised, due to the extra server load and data usage.

NB: Some lecturers have raised concerns about the connectivity and reliability of BBB live/synchronous sessions. The following are possible explanations:

  • Since the BigBlueButton was placed on the zero-rated list of URLs, there has been an influx of users. Lecturers explore the eTool for their synchronous/live sessions.
  • Because this service is zero-rated, ISPs may throttle connectivity speeds compared to non-zero rated websites, which could in turn affect the connectivity to BBB sessions.
  • Wireless connectivity can often fluctuate in signal strength, which can negatively affect the online experience with BigBlueButton.

NB: The ICS Department has advised users to login to OpenVPN (please refer to ICS email communication). Contact ServiceDesk regarding OpenVPN setup. OpenVPN allows students not to use their own data. Accessing iKamva while logged into OpenVPN will not incur data costs. 

After extensive testing and evaluation, CIECT recommends the use of Zoom over BigBlueButton (Meetings), especially for live/synchronous sessions that require more than 100 participants. Zoom is also zero-rated under OpenVPN, unlike Google Meet at this stage. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):BigBlueButton(BBB) Meetings eTool

BigBlueButton(BBB) is an external plugin to iKamva (separate web conferencing tool that has been integrated into iKamva).

BigBlueButton(BBB) is a web conferencing tool that supports real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, and screens. This eTool is integrated within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva and has been named Meetings.

Lecturers need to select the eTool within their online modules in order to create synchronous/live lectures. BBB offers a variety of features that allows you to prepare for your lectures before engaging in an online meeting.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Technical & Operational

FAQsAnswer/Feedback
Which browser best supports the BBB?●        Desktop/Laptop: Chrome (any Chromium Based browser) and Firefox●        Mobile iOS (12.2+): Safari Mobile●        Mobile Android (6.0+): Chrome Mobile
How do I access the Meeting/BigBlueButton from iKamva?This eTool should be selected/enabled in your module which would allow you to create the Meeting
Is BigBlueButton zero-rated?Yes, BBB is part of the list of URLs that are zero-rated for all UWC users. Students will not incur data costs. NB: The ICS department has advised users to login to OpenVPN (please refer to ICS email communication). Contact ServiceDesk regarding OpenVPN setup. OpenVPN allows students not to use their own data.
Why do I need to do an Echo (mic & earphones) test?To verify that your earphone and microphone is working (sound check). 
What are my minimum specifications for computers?Desktop/Laptop UsersThe following settings are recommended for all users connecting to BigBlueButton via desktop or laptop device:For computers, you need a laptop or desktop computer with (at least) 4G of memory and a 2+ Ghz processor (any computer bought in the last three years should be fine), or any Chromebook with 4G of memory and a 1.5+ Ghz processor.For bandwidth, you must have at least 1.0 Mbits/second upstream and 2 Mbits/second downstream.  To check bandwidth use, https://speedtest.net/.For audio, we strongly recommend using a headset.  A headset will ensure that others can hear your voice clearly and you don’t cause echo or background noise for others. A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone will be sufficient as well, if you’re in a quiet area.
What are my minimum specifications for mobile devices?For data networks, we recommend 4G LTE for the best results or minimum 3G connection to use audio, view presentation content, and receive screen sharing. For device settings, we recommend reducing device usage while connecting to BigBlueButton; close applications that may run in the background and reduce browsing activities.
How does Load Shedding affect my BigBlueButton experience?Laptops will be operating on battery power and your online presence will be shortened. Often when there’s load shedding, the mobile network’s antennas provide limited or no internet connectivity. After a load shedding period, mobile networks will take some time to become available again. This will show that you don’t have any connectivity.
What happens when a student is ‘kicked out’ of a session? How do they re-enter?In order to re-enter a session, a student must select: ‘End’. Thereafter the student clicks on the ‘Join’ option.
Can I record my sessions?You are able to record the lecture. You need to select the ‘record’ option when you create the Meeting. The recorded session can be viewed in classes/groups.
Can my students view my pre-recorded lectures?Lecturers are able to pre-record a lecture within BBB. These pre-recorded lectures are made available to students.
When will my class/lecture recording become available?  Recordings are not available immediately, but become available after about 1- 24 hours of the session (this also depends on the length of the lecture). This depends on the type of content (including digital media components) which was recorded during the live sessions. This is because the system requires time to encode it in viewable form.
How long will this recorded lecture be visible within BigBlueButton?The recordings are available for as long as the module is published and available to students.
Is there a ‘time-limit’ for the lecture to be conducted?There is no ‘time-limit’ for the meeting/live lecture. However, be advised that the longer the meeting, the greater the delay before the recording can be processed for viewing.
What is the capacity of BigBlueButton?- How many students can join my class onlineWe advise that you do not exceed a capacity of 100 users (per session) within BBB (recommended limit/capacity by BBB developers). It should be noted that once you have a class larger than 100 users the quality of the presentation will be compromised. The BBB vendor recommends hosting sessions of 100 users (or less). This is not hard-coded, you can have 101, 102, etc. However, as more users join in the session, in general overall performance may be compromised, due to the extra server load and data usage.It should be noted that these capacity recommendations have been advised by the vendor/developers of BBB. iKamva is a seperate platform to BBB.
Can I share my screen using the BigBlueButton? Lecturers and Tutors are able to share their scree (video lectures, presentations) when they conduct live lectures.
Can I upload and present lecture presentations? Yes. Lecturers and Tutors can upload and present their lectures (Pdfs, PowerPoint slides) to display while conducting the live lecture using BBB/Meetings.
Can I use Microsoft Word Document in my presentations?Yes, you can. BigBlueButton converts Microsoft Office documents into PDF. For best results, save your Word or PowerPoint document as PDF. It is recommended to use PDF files for presentation.
Why does my presentation animation disappear?When the file is uploaded to BigBlueButton, it is converted to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and does not retain any animations. SVG is smaller and retains good visual quality, even when zooming into slides. It should be noted that GIF animations are also excluded.
Can students share their video in the BigBlueButton/Meeting? Students are able to share their web cameras while engaging in the live lecture. Lecturers are able to deselect this option.  Many cameras being shared at once will increase data use. (recommended that only the lecturer enables their webcam).
Why do I get an error/pop-up message when I set up my Meeting?When you create a meeting please do not select the ‘Notify participants‘ option. 
Should I include a closing date and time for my session?It is advised that lecturers do not select the option to close this session. This will allow users to access the recordings through the meeting tab instead of the recordings tab.
Can I download the recording?These recordings are available in your module within iKamva under the ‘recordings’ tab and can be viewed as many times as possible. It cannot be downloaded.
Why must students wait for the moderator?If the lecturer enables the “wait for moderator” option, students can only join the live lecture once the moderator/lecturer has joined the class. It is best to allow users to join the class while the class is in session.
Why should I create group sessions (different time slots for large classes)?Lecturers are able to create group sessions for large classes. The recorded session can be presented in the follow-up classes/groups; and students can engage in discussions.
Can I have continuous “permanent” sessions in BBB?The BigBlueButton service does not support continuous or permanent sessions.

Contact the CIECT team to assist with setting up your live lecture.

Arts Faculty: Blended Learning Arrangements [planning & design prior and during Covid-19 pandemic/national lockdown]

During the 2020 academic year a number of 285 online modules were created within the iKamva platform by Arts Faculty Lecturers. In collaboration with the CIECT team, the lecturers were able to attend online eTools workshops and one-on-one consultations to design and develop the online environments. During these sessions, lecturers were introduced to the use of the institutional Learning Management System iKamva, Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), Turnitin (Tii) as well as Google Applications (GAPP’s).

Lessons eTool: Embedding multimedia learning material

Specific multimedia learning materials have been developed and embedded into the online environments enabling students to engage with course content from any geographical setting via their mobile devices. Lecturers within various departments across the Faculty structured their online environments, making use of the ‘Lessons eTool’ to share relevant learning material, including podcasts and narrated presentations – with the students.

Online Tutorials and Consultations: ‘ePreps’

The lecturers developed ‘ePreps’ which were submitted online and marked before the tutorial class. Tutors were allowed to address specific problem areas during online tutorials. Furthermore, Turnitin integration was enabled to allow the written pieces to be checked for plagiarism via the Assignment eTool in iKamva. Both lecturers, tutors and students have made use of chat rooms (within iKamva) for tutorials and consultations.

Various question types for isiXhosa online assessmentsFormative assessments for students engaged in the isiXhosa Modules (XHO 002 and XHO003) have been set up online and included various question types to test students’ understanding and application of the language. Question types such as true or false; multiple choice questions (MCQ); ‘fill in the blank; and matching were included within the three different online tests. The tests were divided into parts which assessed different concepts and terms. Key phrases were listed in English and students were required to type their answers in isiXhosa. Some test questions also included images whereby students were required to match the image with the correct phrase.

Dentistry Faculty: Blended Learning Arrangements [planning & design prior and during Covid-19 pandemic/national lockdown]

Lecturers across the Dentistry Faculty have created 87 online modules during the 2020 academic year. The CIECT team engaged in various sessions with the lecturers and offered departmental training and presentations to the Dentistry lecturers on the effective selection of eTools; the design and development of interactive online environments aligned to their specific module learning outcomes

 ‘Lessons eTool’: Structured and scaffolded approach

Lecturers were advised and skilled to effectively make use of the ‘Lessons’ tool to develop and structure learning content according to specific topics/themes; required readings and lecture presentations. This design promoted a scaffolded learning approach which aims with preparation for tests and practical and theoretical tasks.

Instructional Strategy & Alignment

The CIECT team shared the template for the development of an ‘Instructional Strategy’, whereby a lecturer is guided on the alignment of content, outcomes, assessment; and the selection of eTools. The CIECT team also shared the guide in relation to the design of a basic, interactive online environment; and show-cased a well-designed online environment (March 2018).

The team assisted lecturers to design and develop their interactive online modules, including: overview, units, outcomes, content, prescribed readings, assessments and reflections. Thus, the students are able to work through the learning content systematically as each learning unit described what the students were expected to do. 

Reflection sheet

Students were required to complete a ‘reflection sheet’ at the end of each learning unit via an embedded Google Form, where they could discuss any issues; illustrate achievement of learning outcomes. The ‘reflection sheet’ allowed lecturers to easily access and analyse students’ responses; and therefore, could identify student learning needs in real-time.

Formative Assessments and Question Pools

Lecturers continued to make use of the ‘Tests and Quizzes’ tool to create eAssessments for formative assessments. The tests can be set up making use of question pools, which allows for the random selection of test questions and answers. Assessment activities are linked to the Gradebook where students are able to view all grades achieved for online assessments.

Instructional videos: Student orientation

CIECT’s Instructional YouTube videos were embedded within the online environments in order for students to become familiar with the online platform: access, navigate and engage within the Learning Management System, iKamva.

Why do I not see my online modules even though I have registered?

Some of your students at this time of the academic year, might ask the following:

Why do I not see my online modules?

1. If a lecturer has not created an online module, a registered student will not have access.

2. Students who have registered on a specific day will only have access after 24hrs; as the  enrollment update script runs once every 24 hrs.

3. Students who have not completed the registration processes, will not have access to their online modules.

4. Students are registered for many modules. These modules appear on the iKamva dashboard (once they have logged-in). Often they do not click on ‘sites’ (situated top- right corner) to view all modules (expand the drop-down).

NB:  If a student is not able to view modules, they should first contact their lecturers to make sure that these modules have been created on iKamva.

Google Meet (100 users) AND Zoom (300 users) – upon request to ICS Dept.

Google Meet is an online communication tool that enables video and audio calls with the option of recording online sessions. Google Meet can be accessed via your Gmail profile, thus logging in to Gmail will grant you access to the platform. Group sessions are set up within the user’s calendar events.

Google Meet: Capacity 100 users

It is advised to add between 90-100 participants per session even though Google Meet allows up to 100 attendees per session. Please see the attached link which shows how to use, record and share.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/nJA3wzEk7VQ

NB: In March 2020 Google increased the number of users who could join a live lecture/Google Meet from 100 to 250 participants, due to the national lockdown.

NB: This number has been reduced to 100 on 01 March 2021

Google Meet: Create group sessions/lectures

Lecturers are able to create group sessions for large classes. **The recorded session can be presented in the follow-up classes/groups; and engage in discussion.

You are able to record the Google Meet session and share it via iKamva (online environment).

In addition, pre-recorded lectures can be uploaded into iKamva.

Contact ICS Department for Zoom Licence to host over 100 users

If you intend to host a session for more than 100 participants, please contact the ICS Department servicedesk@uwc.ac.za – to request a Zoom Licence/ Account – which allows up to 300 students per session (according to ICS); and other related Zoom queries.

**The Zoom platform is similar to Google Meet, with added security and activity features.

Law (PGDip in Labour Law): Successful Streaming of Online Orientation Programme (via Doc Cam & Google Meet)

Lecturers from the Law Faculty successfully hosted an online orientation programme for their Post -Graduate Diploma in Labour Law on the 6th of March 2021.

 Streaming: Making use of Document Camera & Google Meet

The online orientation was conducted making use of the Document Camera in the venue and Google Meet. More than fifty participants logged into the session from various geographical settings.

Introducing the Dean, Lecturers & Guest Speaker

The lectures introduced themselves and gave a breakdown of the course. A pre-recorded message from the Dean was played and students were able to engage with the lecturers and a guest speaker from the CCMA.

Demonstrations: Online Learning Platform (iKamva) & Library Session

In addition, the CIECT team demonstrated the use of the Learning Management System, iKamva and the Faculty Librarian presented a session.

AVS Team addressed technical set-up and monitored orientation session

The CIECT, AVS team facilitated technical aspects of the session in order for participants (students) to:

·         See and hear the presenters,

·         View the presentations,

·         Listen to pre-recorded messages, and

·         Engage with the lecturers.

Law Lectures will be streamed: Way-Forward

The lecturers (PGDip) will be conducting lectures in this format for the following month, supported by the CIECT, AVS team for technical support.