Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Making use of Google Drive to create ‘online surveys’

The CIECT team offers training on the use of Google Drive to lecturers across campus. Within Google Drive a survey can be created which is automatically linked to a spread sheet. The responses are captures in real-time. These responses can be monitored asynchronously. The survey link can be shared publicly within various other social media tools such as: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger etc.

Director of the UWC Library, Pateka Matshaya, liaised with CIECT around setting up a survey. This survey was to be made accessible to UWC and other Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) respondents. She was advised to make use of Google Drive as it is easily accessible; and allows the creator to share the survey with other collaborators/co-writers before sharing it publicly.

Lecturer, Juliana Willemse from Nursing setup an electronic survey within Google Drive to investigate the students’ perceptions and use of mobile devices as part of her research study. This survey has been completed by 3rd year undergraduate nursing students registered for “The Primary Health Care” semester module.

In May 2013, Political Studies students engaged in a Digital Academic Literacy session whereby they were introduced to the iKamva platform. Thereafter the students engaged in completing a survey (setup in Google Drive) which had been embedded within their online course.

Colleagues wishing to participate in these sessions are encouraged to register using the iEnabler (on-line registration booking system). Thank you for your support.

NB: Bookings should be done at least two working days in advance.

Lecturers make use of Google Blogger to develop critical thinking and writing

Lecturers, Sharita Bharuthram (English Department); Teneil Bell (Occupational Therapy), Lorraine Fakude (Nursing Department) and Liezl Cornelissen (Human Ecology and Dietetics) makes use of the ‘Blogger eTool’ to enhance their teaching methodologies. The students were trained by the Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT):

· set up group blogs;
· allocate administrator and author roles;
· add content;
· edit blogs; and
. comment on peer posts.

English lecturer Sharita Bharuthram used the blogger tool which allowed the students to work in groups. One blog space was created by a group leader who invited the group members. Each student had to write their individual posts regarding a specific case study. Students were able to comment and peer-review in a constructive manner. The lecturer added the specific group blogs to a reading list within her blogger profile in order to oversee the activity.

Teneil Bell stated that the purpose of the blog task is to facilitate the clinical reasoning skills of 2nd year O.T students. “These blogs will later become part of their assignment. I therefore want more than a class online discussion because I want each student to have their own unique space”.

Lorraine quotes Delphi Report (1990): “Through blogs critical thinking is promoted and students are able to interpret, analyse, conceptualise, and form judgement. A Blog is an online journal and it provides a space where you can share your thoughts around a specific topic/theme”.

Liezl Cornelissen setup a ‘blog space’ around a specific theme linked to a task that were set for the students. The students are able to comment and collaborate within the specific blog. This will encourage the students to engage through different technologies.

Using Google Apps (GAPPs): Fourth Year Social Work Students develop online ePortofolios

Social Work lecturer, Anna-Marie Beytell, engaged in the online ePortfolio workshops offered by CIECT in early June 2013. Subsequently she has seen the relevance of the eTool for her fourth year students, as they are required to complete and submit their paper-based portfolios.

The lecturer in consultation with CIECT discussed the possibility of a student ePortfolio workshop. During the semester break, CIECT designed a student ePortfolio workshop customised to suit the needs of the Social Work students. The planning included the booking of an appropriate lab space as well as the design and development of the training plan and instruction sheets.

On Monday, 15 July 2013, sixty-one (61) Social Work students attended the ePortfolio workshop in the Cassinga Walk-in lab. This workshop enabled students to:

– Create their online ePortfolio site;
– Structure webpages according to the template (as provided by lecturer);
– Add profile information;
– Insert relevant image of student; and
– Upload a file which highlights the challenges and benefits of their fieldwork excursions.

A follow-up workshop will be conducted with the students to enable them to make use of the more advanced features such as: embedding video clips; audio-recordings; PowerPoint slides; and Word documents. Students will share their portfolios with their lecturer who will be able to view their developments as they update it online. At the end of the semester these final year students will also be able to share their online portfolios with prospective employers.

Learn how to use and synchronise an iPad with Windows OS (desktop/laptop)

Making use of an iPad Operating System (iOS) application environment could be difficult due to the installation of incorrect software; or simply not having the ‘knowhow’. Staff throughout campus has been enquiring about the use of iPads to enhance teaching-and- learning practices.

The Centre for Innovative and Educational Communication Technology (CIECT) cordially invites all interested staff members to attend a training session on the use of an iPad. The main purpose of the training intervention is to enable UWC staff members with basic navigation skills to improve their eSkills; and enhance their instructional practices.
This will be an interactive training session (2 hours) whereby you will be able to:
• Navigate a mobile environment,
• Set-up an access security password,
• Set-up standard device operations,
• Search for files and documents,
• Copy and paste from Personal Computer (PC) to iPad,
• Copy and paste from iPad to PC,
• Access files and folders; and
• Navigate iPad file system on PC.

Please take note of the following two training sessions. We are able to accommodate nine (9) participants per session:
** Note: iPads and software will be provided for training purposes.
Date Time
25 July 2013 2pm- 4pm

Colleagues wishing to participate in these interventions are encouraged to apply on-line. Find attached online application process.

** View the Training and Support Interventions for 2013 at the following link CIECT Calendar 2013 ( ).