Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Community Engagement Unit (UWC) & Missouri: Collaborative Environment (Short-Course)

Professor Priscilla Daniels and Community Engagement Unit (CEU) team approached the CIECT team, in order to design and develop an online environment for the “Transformation Leadership towards Sustainable Community Wellbeing” – short course.

The CIECT team engaged in conceptualisation meetings with the CEU team, which entailed the effective use of various eTools; and the provision of an instructional strategy (alignment of outcomes, assessment activities, content, and eTools). Furthermore, the CIECT team assisted with the design and development of the online environment. This online short-course offering consists of 2 modules and related sub-themes. In addition, various learning resources were embedded and shared with the UWC students; and University of Missouri lecturers.

The online modules include topics related to: the “Introducing Leadership Types, Styles & Qualities for Transformation of Community Wellbeing by understanding and applying the various leadership principles”; and “Sustainable Community Development Process for Improved Wellbeing by integrating various approaches and styles”.

It should be noted that the UWC students also received training on the iKamva platform in order to: access; navigate; and engage within the online environment. The students were able to submit weekly reflective journals in relation to their community engagement activities.

**On Friday, 16 October 2015, the Missouri students had an opportunity to present their fieldwork experiences (at UWC); especially how their engagement in the various communities will contribute to a Community of Practice (COP).

The CEU team will reflect on the pilot phase (project findings); especially how this will define future online collaboration with the University of Missouri.

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Copyright compliance: Sharing resources within iKamva

It is important that all learning material shared within online environments (iKamva platform), are copyright compliant. The onus remains with the Department to ensure that lecturers comply.

During the 8th Annual eLearning Colloquium, lecturer, Sandy Zinn presented on copyright compliance issues. She focused on the provision of learning material within online modules, specifically, Departmental “course packs”.

Lecturers are able to share a maximum of 9 articles within a course, during a term. “Seen from the positive side, it means that the learners may, at the end of the term, be in possession of: – copies of nine poems, articles, stories or essays by nine different authors” (Dramatic Artistic & Literary Rights Organisation, DALRO: Reprographic Reproduction of Copyright Material for Educational Purposes, Pg. 5).

NB: Instead of uploading numerous articles into an online module, lecturers should rather create a citation/reading list within iKamva. Thus students will be redirected to the UWC Library databases to download readings in a .ris format.

NB: Another option is to use course material obtained from Open Access sources.
It is important that lecturers take note of the various Creative Commons Copyright Licences & Tools when making use of Open Access resources.
“The Creative Commons Copyright Licences & Tools forge a balance inside the traditional ‘all rights reserved’ setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work”. (http://creativecommons.org/).

View Sandy Zinn’s presentation at: http://tinyurl.com/oqc8p28

Physics undergraduates: Engagement in an eAssessment environment

The CIECT team, in collaboration with the Physics Department, have been making use of emerging technologies, Doctopus and Goobric for eAssessment purposes. Instructional Designer, CIECT (Valentino van de Heyde), consulted with lecturers and technical officers from the Physics Department with regards to the effective use of emerging technologies to support teaching-and-learning activities.

Following a series of conceptualisation meetings and training sessions, an interactive eAssessment environment was designed and developed. This online environment enables the Physics lecturers to:
– Upload a template within Google Drive and distribute it via Doctopus;
– Provide feedback and comments within the student template;
– Provide constructive feedback aligned to a rubric (Goobric), which includes assessment criteria (for the submission of a lab report) – such as: overall professional impression, data correct, equation editor used, significant figures, appropriate units, calculations, consistency with instruments, consistent typesetting, proper tables and graphs, and referencing, amongst others; and
– Embed the rubric within the student’s lab report, allowing the student to view and improve according to the criteria (rubric).

It should be noted that this innovative eAssessment method can serve as an example of good teaching practices; and can be used as a ‘blueprint’ for roll-out to other Faculties, and units. In addition, this eAssessment environment can be adapted for submissions of assignments, worksheets and readings.

Furthermore, the lecturers spend less time with administrative duties, and more time on constructive student feedback. Moreover, this eAssessment method ensures that the lecturers remain consistent when grading students, as they make use of the rubrics to guide assessment processes.

The CIECT team member (Valentino) – presented this initiative at our 8th Annual eLearning Colloquium, 2015. Click on the link to view the talk: http://tinyurl.com/nju8ohg
** Download the presentation: http://tinyurl.com/obqxckc

Contact the CIECT team to create interactive eAssessment environments, which include the:
– Automated mass copying and sharing of documents;
– Automated attachment of rubrics;
– Ability to easily view and control student lab report (or any other documents); and
– Customise (naming) shared documents according to lecturer preference.

iKamva Android Mobile Application: Access for the 21st Century Student

Since the launch of the iKamva Android mobile application 28 August 2015- 02 October 2015, a number of 3058 downloads have been recorded (as reflected below):

– 30 Aug – 6
– 6 Sept – 1451
– 13 Sept – 830
– 20 Sept – 457
– 27 Sept – 314

This release allows students to access their courses directly from their Android mobile devices. Students are able to access, view and download related course materials (including Word, PDF, PowerPoint and Excel documents), engage in discussion forum topics and view announcements from any geographical space, where internet connectivity is available.

It should be noted that students are not able to edit or delete any content created by their lecturers within the online environment.

Visit and download the iKamva mobile application at: https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/content/apps/iKamvaBetav1.apk

Evaluating 3rd year WGS student writing: Use of the ‘GradeMark’ function (Tii)

Women and Gender Studies (WGS) lecturers, Lindsay Clowes and Sisa Ngabaza, have been making use of the Turnitin (Tii) platform to evaluate student writing and progress.

A collaborative assessment approach is applied through the use of the ‘GradeMark’ function. The lecturers provide feedback and comments, aligned to a specific rubric, which includes elements such as: punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, synthesis, application of relevant literature, and referencing styles. A voice note can be added to the feedback/comments.

The lecturers highlighted that this collaborative assessment method saves them time. The use of the ‘GradeMark’ functionality in Tii, enables them to spend less time with administration. In turn, they are able to focus more on the provision of constructive feedback; and student participation within the face-to-face classes.

Furthermore, this collaborative assessment method ensures that the lecturers remain consistent in relation to student grading, as the rubric template guides assessment processes.

Lindsay and Sisa presented at our 8th Annual eLearning Colloquium, 2015. Click on the link to view the presentation: http://tinyurl.com/p9edgsw

**Contact the CIECT team to make effective use of the Tii platform:Create classrooms and add students;
– Submit assignments online;
– Review similarity index reports; and
– Apply ‘GradeMark’ functionality for assessment purposes.