The EMS Deputy Dean of Teaching-and-Learning, Prof Cherrel Africa, contacted the CIECT Team (Instructional Designers) to assist EMS lecturers across Departments with the creation of their blended online environments.
The Instructional Designer was invited to attend the EMS Teaching-and-Learning meeting, whereby lecturers representing various Departments, were expected to share their current blended learning approaches (including the use of eTools within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva). **Hence, three (2 hour) interactive eTools workshop sessions were conducted, 27-28 January 2016.
During these interactive sessions a number of 63 EMS lecturers created online environments (2016 academic modules). These included the creation of online assignments; the distribution of course resources; and the creation of asynchronous discussion topics.
Furthermore, lecturers were shown how to manage their online tutorial sessions. This process allows students to sign-up for a tutorial group (based on timetables). Thereafter, lecturers within the EMS Faculty proceeded to make use of this specific eTool to manage their online tutorials.
The CIECT team, in collaboration with the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) and the Registrar’s Office, created ‘just-in-time training’ and marketing material to assist students with orientation and registration.
The initial phases included conceptualisation meetings which included discussions related to design, development, production and modes of delivery.
1. The EMS Academic Development Department (Dr Venicia McGhie and team) engaged with the CIECT team to create Virtual Orientation Environment, distributed via CD-ROM; and available on the Faculty website (downloadable):
– Introductory video on campus life;
– Video message by the Dean (EMS);
– Information about the Faculty and its related Departments (discipline specific narrations and podcasts);
– Information related to UWC Professional Support Services;
– Photo galleries; and
– Contact details (including links to social media platforms related to the Faculty).
2. The Registrar’s Office requested the creation of screencasts to assist students to register online. This important resource helps users to navigate through the ‘self-help’ video; and register online from any geographical setting (with Internet connectivity).
The CIECT team (Materials Development) team had to engage in various processes, including: (i) recording the screencasts; (ii) adding narration and background music; (iii) editing of the final resource; and (iv) placed online in UWC’s YouTube Channel.
NB: Students receive sms notifications on their mobile phones with the relevant link to the online registration video.
Contact the CIECT team to create virtual environments; specifically the CIECT (Materials Development Team, 021 959 2571).
Lecturer across Faculties and Departments, have made use of the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva to setup their online assessments for students during the December 2015 and January 2016 exam period.
NB: Since the start of 2016, a number of 379 registered academic modules have been created within iKamva. A number of 112 lecturers have consulted and/or attended the introductory workshops related to the creation of their online environments within iKamva.
The CIECT Team (Instructional Design) will assist you to create your Instructional Strategy; advise on the pedagogical value of the eTools; and assist with the selection and application of specific eTools for effective communication, online assessment and content creation and distribution.
**These online environments are available to students irrespective of the geographical space and time.
Lecturers are able to view a series of Self-Help Videos (screencasts) on our (CIECT) – YouTube Channel to assist you with the creation of a basic online environment.
You can also refer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist you with some of the general queries related to access, student management, effective communication and assessment. Visit iKamva to view the question and answer list
Contact the CIECT Team to set-up your interactive online environment
NB: There are an increased number of requests in relation to the use of the institutional Learning Management System (iKamva/Sakai platform). Many lecturers are not able to attend face-to-face training and support sessions. Hence, we have prepared a series of self-help videos (screencasts), placed on our YouTube Channel.
View and learn how to create your basic interactive online course. This will enable you to introduce the new students entering UWC. The video playlist entails ‘How to’:
· Log-in to the online environment (iKamva, the institutional Learning Management System),
· Navigate the environment in order to become familiar with various content, communication and assessment eTools,
· Create a basic structure which entails the purpose statement and outcomes of your discipline,
· Create a basic structure which gives an overview of the content of your module,
· Add relevant resources to supplement your learning material,
· Create discussion topics to introduce your students to specific concepts, related to your discipline,
· Develop assessment tasks for self-directed learning based on key concepts and reading material,
· Add calendar events; and announcements which will be directly sent to students’ email accounts, and
· Provide access to your online course to students via mobile devices (such as mobile phones, tablets via Internet connectivity).