UWC in the Digital Age: Integration of ICTs aligned to research

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), is aligned to critical discourse that has emerged from national and institutional policies, specifically expanding the successful integration of ICTs; increased participation for student development; and expansion of research.

CIECT’s deliverables and practices, in collaboration with lecturers across Faculties, include the creation of blended learning environments to support student participation, which are research-led projects. This aligned to the Institutional Operating Plan (Green Paper, 2015), Goal Area 2: Teaching and Learning: “New skills and kinds of knowledge are also needed in the world of work where graduates are expected to possess a level of skilfulness…”.

 

NB: The following table reflects the number of online modules per Faculty, created to-date (14 August, 2015, 11:23 am) – within the iKamva platform (for the period, January – August 2015). **If you cannot view the table, click on ‘View’ in the menu-bar on top; and select HTML.

 

Faculty ARTS CHS DNT EDU EMS LAW SCI Total
Modules 107 194 55 96 226 85 129 892

 

The training and support by the CIECT team, contributing to the application of innovative learning-and-teaching practices across disciplines are inseparable from research, and vice versa. Hence, CIECT’s research has focused on the measurability; impact of emerging technologies within a higher education setting; pedagogical affordances; and the development of frameworks. This is aligned to the Institutional Operating Plan (Green Paper, 2015), Goal Area 3: Research and Innovation: “…Develop identified areas of research strength across the university”. This is showcased in recent collaborative projects and related publications, at: http://tinyurl.com/p9sfjyg.

Browne’s (1915:108) states that it is imperative to “be not merely a distributor or disseminator, but also a producer or discoverer of the truth”.

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