Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Dentistry lecturer makes use of Sakai (iKamva) platform

Dear Colleagues,

Dentistry Lecturer, Vivienne Wilson, makes use of the Sakai (iKamva) platform to share course material and communicate with the fourth year students.

Previously students received the course material in paper-based format and were not able to view cases and clinical pictures electronically. During tutorials the lecturer would explain the learning content and students were required to apply the theory to the practical sessions.

In lieu of these challenges, the lecturer consulted with the CIECT team to discuss issues related to her teaching-and-learning practices. The instructional designer advised the lecture to create an online environment which enables students to view and download learning material; cases; practicals; and clinical pictures.

Vivienne Wilson has also requested that the team to video record her sessions whereby she addressed challenging concepts. These edited videos, once uploaded, will enable students to revisit her lessons; and further reinforce their understanding of the specific concept.

N.B The team encourages staff members to arrange for group training sessions related to the effective use of eTools within the iKamva platform.

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Nursing lecturers share and communicate using the Sakai (iKamva) Platform

Dear Colleagues,

Lecturers, Lorraine Fakude and Ntomizodwa Linda, created an online environment for the Nursing Masters modules (Nur 820; Nur 821; and Nur 823) within the online SAKAI platform (iKamva). The lecturers received one-on-one consultations around the functionality and use of various eTools to enhance their teaching-and-learning practices. Lecturers selected specific eTools related to their course needs. These eTools enabled the following:

-Course Resources to share relevant course material and outlines
-Discussion forum to discuss preparation for teaching practice;
-Announcements to alert students of new material and class venues;
-Assignments to view and submit completed assessment tasks; and
-Statistics to view the most active user/student in the online environment and most used eTool/resource.

Subsequent to the creation of the online modules, the students received training regarding access and navigation of the environments. This training occurred on a Saturday morning as most of the Nursing Postgraduate students are employed full-time.

The team encourages staff members to arrange for group training sessions related to the effective use of eTools within the iKamva platform.

Click on the link to view our Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/a5mwt4y

Kind regards
CIECT

Social Work students record and edit videos for fieldwork

Social Work lecturer, Anna-Marie Beytell requested her students to video-record fieldwork experiences. She liaised with the
the eLearning team to conduct Vodcast training for 70 students.

The training was conducted on Monday, 8th April 2013, and entailed the following:

– edit video;
– add titles and logos;
– segment specific sections for submission;
– conceal identity of interviewee (ethical considerations); and
– convert to different file formats (for web use).

The students are expected to apply the video-editing skills to their specific fieldwork experiences; and submit.
It should be noted that edited videos (vodcasts) could be reduced in size and uploaded to an online environment.

** View the Training and Support Interventions for 2013 at the following link CIECT Calendar 2013 (http://tinyurl.com/apqjso7 ).

Kind regards
CIECT Team

English lecturer uses scaffolding approach on Sakai platform

Dear Colleagues,

Lecturer, Mr Mahmoud Patel from the English Department created an online environment within the Sakai (iKamva) platform.  Mr Patel has structured his course to allow:

·        the uploading of course resources
–   lecture slides and notes,
–   additional learning material and
–   take home tests.

The course is also structured to allow for:
·        a scaffolding approach whereby the resources are made available per term.

The CIECT team encourages Departments to arrange for group training sessions related to the effective use of eTools within the Sakai (iKamva) platform.

** View the Training and Support Interventions for 2013 at the following link CIECT Calendar 2013 (http://tinyurl.com/apqjso7 ).

Kind Regards,
CIECT Team

Political Studies lecturers co-facilitate within the Sakai platform

Dear Colleagues,

First year Political Studies course co-ordinator Cherrel Africa, makes use of the Sakai (iKamva) platform to share course material and communicate with students. The course is collaboratively taught, with each lecturer focusing on a specific segment of the course. Mr Kenny Bafo teaches for week 1-7 (political studies); and Garth Van Rooyen teaches for week 8-14 (International Relations). Mr Rian Leith lectures the after-hours group throughout the module.

Cherrel makes use of the ‘home page’ to share the learning outcomes; and other important information about the course (policies; lecturers; contact details; course material; course outline; course resources; tutorials; and assessment).

The course has been structured into manageable lessons which incorporate relevant resources such as YouTube to reinforce certain concepts. Announcements are also used to share important course information such as test dates, new course material, and tutorials.

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