Monthly Archives: September, 2013

92 EMS tutors make use of Google Drive to prepare and plan for tutoring classes

Economic and Management Science (EMS) tutor coordinator, Megan Bam contacted the CIECT team for tutor training. The team deliberated on the effective use of Google Drive eTools; and its benefits for planning tutorial classes within an online environment. A lesson plan template was created and embedded into Google Drive, in order for the tutors to prepare the structure of the tutorial events; and discuss related learning material.

The EMS tutors were requested to sign up for a specific training slot during the September term break. It should be noted that 92 tutors attended the hands-on Google drive training session. The tutors were able to:
– view, edit and share the lesson plan in real-time;
– discuss the structure of lesson plan; and
– apply the standardised structure.

Hence, the lecturer and tutor coordinator is able to view the online discussions and changes made to the lesson plan by tutors (in ‘real-time’).

A Google survey was also developed and shared during this training session. The survey captured valuable feedback related to the training session; and the participants’ interests in the benefits of engaging in tutor programmes. Below are some comments captured within the online survey:

“I loved the training and I found it extremely useful. Please provide this training to our lecturers and give them a general computer course as many of them know very little about using and editing on powerpoint etc.”

“Yes. now I can improve group work and participation in the coming tasks easier and simpler”.

“Absolutely! I am so excited to start my Google drive journey. This training could not have come at a better time. As I am busy working on my thesis I need a safe place to store my work and track my progress as well as interactions with my supervisor. Also the opportunity to communicate with other tutors could save me a lot of time and get rid of some of the discrepancies in various tutorial groups, for instance if one tutor explained something differently then all other tutors would probably have to follow suit”.

“I firstly would like to thank the department for sending us for the training of Google Drive, it was very informative and a great learning experience which I am very thankful for”.

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

Dietetics students engage in Digital Photostory workshop

On 28 August 2013, 2nd year Dietetics students engaged in an interactive digital photostory training session offered by CIECT. During the training the students were shown how to:
– Storyboard
– Edit image – Resize & crop image
– Add transitions to images
– Add audio
– Import sound track
– Export video for playback on PC

The lecturer, Liezl Cornelissen, emphasised the need for her students to create digital photostories as it will enhance their practical tasks as well as encourage group participation.

“Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid colour to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.”- Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association

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.

View the CIECT Training and Support Interventions at:
eTeaching site:
UWC website: (via eLearning page within UWC website)

Turnitin Anti-Plagiarism text detection software

The Centre for Innovative, Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT) cordially invites all interested staff members to our Turnitin anti-plagiarism software training sessions taking place on 13 September at the Cassinga Teaching Lab (diagonally behind the UWC swimming pool).

Turnitin anti-plagiarism software (Tii),
Turnitin (Tii) is a anti-plagiarism software tool that detects plagiarised text within the Tii database. The Turnitin database consists of the internet and student document repository.

Colleagues wishing to participate in these sessions are encouraged to register using the iEnabler (on-line registration booking system). Please find attached online application instructions.

Venue: Cassinga-building (Situated diagonally behind the swimming pool)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Date: 13 September

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

Thank you for your support

Tel: 021 959 2504
Fax: 021 959 2031

Tel: 021 959 2504
Fax: 021 959 2031
Venue: Cassinga-building (Situated diagonally behind the swimming pool)


Location: Elearning centre (Cassinga building)
Tel: 021 959 2504
Fax: 021 959 2031

Taking traditional medicine to the online environment: South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI)

In 2010, Nandi Siegfried of South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI) contacted CIECT to discuss the development of an online environment for the Clinical Trials in Herbal Medicine course.

Since the initial meeting, the CIECT team has continuously been supporting Nandi in developing the ‘Multi-disciplinary University Traditional Health Initiative (MUTHI) Clinical Trials’ online course. The team has provided assistance and support in:

– compressing and editing video recordings for online usage,
– setting up the online environment,
– developing the course structure,
– adding participants and partners, and
– instructional guides for participants

Nandi has developed a structured course with manageable units of work, enabling participants to easily navigate learning material. Each unit incorporates various interactive elements such as video recordings of guest lecturers; links to external resources and other course related material; pictures; and Multiple Choice Quizzes (MCQs). This is a collaborative project which is shared among eight Universities from Africa and Europe. Hence, current and future clinical trial investigators who are interested in the herbal science and medicine field, are able to join this course. Since the course was launched it has been accessed from countries such as: Japan,Nigeria, Ethiopia and the UK.

Please join Nandi at the eLearning Colloquium on Thursday, 05 September as she will share her experiences and challenges while engaged in the MUTHI e-course.

Venue: New Life Sciences Building, SANBI 5th floor ( Aron Klug and Max Theiler Seminar rooms)
Time: 09:00- 13:00

We look forward to your attendance at our eLearning colloquium.

For catering purposes please RSVP to:

Carolynne Kies
Norina Braaf

EED Law lecturer creates an online interactive space for tutors who assist within a large class

Lecturer, Mahmoud Patel has created an interactive online space within the iKamva/Sakai platform, which enables his tutors to share and engage with the English for Education Development (EED) Law students.

The CIECT team conducted a training workshop for the tutors (Monday, 19 August 2013). The workshop enabled the tutors to:
– setup specific tutorial groups;
– share resources with assigned students; and
– create a discussion forum with related topics.

This blended teaching method facilitates the interaction between tutors and their student tutorial groups. It further reinforces a structured methodology whereby the lecturer (Mr Patel) and tutors effectively engage within a large class.

The Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT) invites you to attend the Annual eLearning Colloquium, on Thursday 05 September 2013. Lecturers across Faculties will share their experiences and challenges regarding the various communication, content and assessment eTools used to enhance their teaching practice.

eLearning Colloquium, 5th September 2013
Venue: Life Sciences Building, 5th floor SANBI (Max Theiler and Aaron Klug Seminar Room)
Time: 09:00-13:00