Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Biotechnology Post-graduate students share within the iKamva ‘Dropbox

Biotechnology lecturer, David Pugh in consultation with CIECT, setup an interactive online environment for his Post-graduate students. He has made extensive use of the Dropbox tool within iKamva to enable students to:

– submit draft versions of academic theses; and
– share individual contributions with the lecturer (privately).

Furthermore David used the online environment to share additional resources specifically related to individual student needs. Hence the lecturer is able to download, review, edit and drop the students’ draft contributions. The Dropbox tool within iKamva also enables the lecturer and students to archive and easily retrieve previous draft version of theses. David stated that this method of sharing and collaboration with students “works like a dream”.

NB: Please note that the eTeaching platform (Chisimba) will be phased out by the end of 2014. Hence lecturers are encouraged to contact the CIECT team, to make use of the iKamva (Sakai) platform.

Kind Regards,
CIECT Team

Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT)
Our eLearning platforms:
http://eteaching.uwc.ac.za
http://ikamva.uwc.ac.za
Our Mobile platform
http://m.eteaching.uwc.ac.za
Email: elearning@uwc.ac.za
Tel: 021 959 3200

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Science Faculty: Database creation using Doctopus for Extended Curriculum Programme

Teaching and Learning Specialist, Dr. Rita Kizito from the Faculty of Science consulted with the CIECT team on how to create a database for the Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP). Rita intends to make use of the intervention to monitor and track Science Teaching Assistants (TAs). Furthermore the developed database will be used by the TAs to track their specific student groups.

The CIECT team advised, trained and supported Dr Kizito on the effective use of emerging technologies, namely: Doctopus, Goobric and other Google Applications:
1. A student progress template was created in Google Docs.
2. This progress template was distributed in the Doctopus eTool, making use of a scaffolding approach:
– Set permissions and create roster (customise according to context);
– Assign roles;
– Locate the template;
– Create a space for student responses; and
– Alignment, sharing and distribution.

Rita and Prof Gavin Maneveldt highlighted that this intervention is of benefit as it, “…will be developed to track the ECP undergraduate student progress each semester and identify students at risk”. The database will also be used to give constructive feedback to students online (i.e. updates in real-time). Moreover, Dr Kizito highlighted that CIECT’s intervention and expertise (creation of databases, making use of Doctopus) have benefited the Science Faculty, as an external vendor would have been extremely costly.

NB: Please note that the eTeaching platform (Chisimba) will be phased out by the end of 2014. Hence lecturers are encouraged to contact the CIECT team, to make use of the iKamva (Sakai) platform.

Kind Regards,
CIECT Team
Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT)
Our eLearning platforms:
http://eteaching.uwc.ac.za
http://ikamva.uwc.ac.za
Our Mobile platform
http://m.eteaching.uwc.ac.za
Email: elearning@uwc.ac.za
Tel: 021 959 3200

ePortfolio Development for 3rd year Social Work students

Social Work lecturers, Shernaaz Carelse and Edgar Smith, contacted the CIECT team to conduct an ePortfolio workshop for 80 third year students. Previously, Social Work students were required to complete and submit their paper-based teaching portfolios. Hence, the lecturers recognised the pedagogical value and benefits of the (online) ePortfolio tool for students.

On Thursday, 16 October 2014, the CIECT team conducted an ePortfolio workshop for the students which enabled them to:
– Create their online ePortfolio site;
– Structure ePortfolio (as requested by subject-matter expert);
– Add profile information;
– Insert relevant images;
– Upload evidence related to exit level outcomes (ELOs);
– Set privacy options; and
– Share the ePortfolio with the relevant stakeholders.

Subsequent to the training, the Social Work lecturers requested that students develop their ePortfolios, highlighting their professional development within the field of Social Work. They were expected to capture and collate evidence of field work experiences. Follow-up supportive consultation sessions were conducted by the CIECT team to assist the students with the development and completion of their tasks.

**It should be noted that a user is able to create, edit, review, comment and share an ePortfolio in ‘real-time’ via various mobile devices. Furthermore students are able to regularly update their ePortfolios and share with prospective employers.