Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Structured online course: Law Masters students

Lecturer, Kitty Malherbe, created a blended online environment for Masters students: Labour Law in the New Global Market.  Students engage in a structured online environment and are only expected to commit to two (2) face-to-face sessions. These students (including professional working adults) – were invited to attend an iKamva/Sakai training session, Saturday 8th February 2014 – in order for them to become familiar with the online environment.

The CIECT team assisted Kitty with the creation of an interactive, structured environment that would enable students to easily navigate and access learning material from various geographical settings and mobile devices. The online resources include the following:
–  Module Outline 2014
–  Step-by-step guide            
–  Introduction Workshop
–  Assignments and Examination     
–  Topics for major assignment          
–  Topics and Tasks: An Overview   
–  Breakdown of Topics and Tasks  
–  Assignment Cover Page    
–  Style Rules            
–  Previous examination papers
–  Feedback on Assessment Tasks
–  Assessment workshop presentations
 
Furthermore the students are expected to submit their assessment tasks via the discussion forum as well as within the online ‘assignment tool’. These Masters students are able to access all the resources; and respond to discussion forums via mobile devices (e.g. smart phones and tablets).
 
** View CIECT Training and Support Interventions for 2014 at the following link http://tinyurl.com/ljt5pfq

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Earth Science lecturers engage in an anti-plagiarism workshop

The Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technology (CIECT) has encouraged the entire campus community to make use of Turnitin (Tii) to promote creative writing; and moreover to eliminate plagiarism. The Department of Earth Science contacted the CIECT team to conduct Turnitin (tii) training for lecturers.
 
The team facilitated the training session which enabled the lecturers to discuss the effective use of the Tii plagiarism detection tool; and especially its benefits for detecting text similarities within documents/assignments. The hands-on training sessions included the following:

– access and navigate the Tii repository;
– set-up a ‘class and assignment’;
– add students to a class; and
– subject-matter expert responsible for monitoring the Tii class.
 
Furthermore, these lecturers were shown how to read and reflect on a generated similarity index report. They were encouraged to set-up Tii classes, whereby students would be able to submit and resubmit documents – in order to reduce plagiarised text.
 
Reminder: The self-paced Tii training initiative is online. This initiative is divided into two courses, for both students and lecturers. To access the course as a student, please access (http://turnitin.uwc.ac.za/student). To access the course as a lecturer, access (http://turnitin.uwc.ac.za).

NB: Note that these self-paced courses are intranet based; hence students will only be able to access the course within the institution.
 
** View CIECT Training and Support Interventions for 2014 at the following link http://tinyurl.com/ljt5pfq

Psychology lecturer makes use of iKamva/ Sakai: Large class Assessment (3rd yr Psychology students)

Dear Colleagues
 
In 2013 lecturer, Shazly Savalh created an interactive online environment within iKamva/ Sakai for approximately 800 Psychology students. A formative assessment task was created, enabling these students to engage within this ‘online test and quizz tool’.
 
The students were expected to complete the formative assessment within a two week time-frame (asynchronous eTool). Hence, students were able to complete the assessment task at any time; and from various geographical settings.
 
Shazly stated that the overall completion of the tests took place without any major incidents. Subsequent to this positive response from the lecturer, other colleagues within the Psychology Department requested an iKamva/ Sakai introductory session.  Following, CIECT facilitators offered an hour training session for 10 Psychology lecturers on 21st January 2014. These lecturers expressed an interest related to e-assessments for large classes.
 
Feedback on the group training session:  “Thank you for the information session you held at the Department of Psychology.  We found the session to be very informative and helpful.”

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