Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Use of the ‘Sign-up’ eTool to manage and administer your Tutorial Groups

The‘Sign-up’ eTool within the Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva, can be used to set-up online Tutorial Groups. This eTool reduces, and can even replace excessive paper-based administration.

The‘Sign-up’ eTool can be used to set-up and schedule:
– Tutorial activities;
– Departmental Office consultations;
– Class (face-to-face)student presentations; and
– Meetings.

Lecturers are able to assign students to specific sessions; OR allow them to sign-up for their own session. If the session slots are full, the students can add themselves to a waiting list, until a specific slot becomes available.The system sends a notification via email to the student.

Lecturers within the EMS Faculty are increasingly making use of the ‘Sign-up’ eTool forTutorial sessions.
**63 EMS Lecturers engaged in a train-the-trainer workshop, January 2016, which also focused on the use and application of this specific tool. Since the workshop,more EMS lecturers have explored the functionalities of the eTool; specifically to administer online student groups/tutorials.

The CIECTDigital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme facilitators have made use of the Sign-up eTool to manage the 3228 registered first year students (semester1). Students were able to sign-up for their classes to engage in the Programme.

Contact the CIECT Team to advise you on the use of the ‘Sign Up’ tool for your online environment.

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EED Lecturers design a ‘Referencing booklet’ to assist students’ academic writing

A ‘Referencing booklet’ was produced by lecturers within the English Department (Academic Literacy Specialists in the EED Programme), in collaboration with the CIECT Team (Materials Development).

The lecturers identified a need for the guide, specifically for 1st year students. Mahmoud Patel states: “Referencing has proven to be challenging to students as is evident by the experience of English for Educational Development (EED) lectures from many years of working with our students across Faculties at UWC. It was also found that the very dense academic guide does not fulfil the access to the literacy practice of integrating and developing this vital tool in academic writing. The booklet also received excellent feedback from students themselves, and colleagues across Faculties inclusive of Arts”.

Furthermore, the lecturer highlighted that the idea of the Referencing booklet, is part of a series of booklets, including a ‘Tutoring booklet’ (initiated by Dr Bharuthram). Thereafter, EED colleagues conceptualised and co-authored the booklet.

The CIECT Team contributed to elements of design and development of a digital referencing resource.

**Lecturers are able to view a series of Self-Help Videos (screencasts) on our CIECT YouTube Channel, to assist with the creation of a basic online environment.
URL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcNoCjyvgBPx0x-g-DVMmNlEgbac4nn2W

**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
URL: https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/#help

Contact the CIECT Team to set-up your interactive online environment

Linguistics ‘Champions’: eAssessment Workshop

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) recently conducted an eAssessment workshop with lecturers from the Linguistics Department. The champions (lecturers): Evans Ondigi, Zannie Bock and Amiena Peck engaged with CIECT’s Instructional Designers; and focused on assessment aspects and discussions related to:

– various types of assessments which supplement teaching methodologies and related content;
– alignment of assessment tasks to the selection of specific eAssessment tools; and
– the pedagogical value in relation to formative and summative assessment.

The aim of the workshop focused on enabling lecturers to create online assessment activities for 1st year Language and Communication Studies (LCS) students, in order to assess concepts related to the specific discipline.

Furthermore, the lecturers found the statistics eTool useful in order to monitor and track students’ participation within the online environment.

According to Kearns (2012:198), “an area of focus that deserves special attention is the assessment of student learning. This encompasses how instructors assess student progress both formatively and summatively, how they distribute graded activities across an entire course, the issues involved in providing effective feedback, and the strategies with which they experiment to address these challenges”.

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.
URL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcNoCjyvgBPx0x-g-DVMmNlEgbac4nn2W

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
URL: https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/#help

Contact the CIECT Team to set-up your interactive online environment

EMS Tutor Coordinator creates an online space for tutors: #EMS Tutors 2016

The Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Tutor Coordinator, Megan Bam has created an interactive online environment for the 2016 Faculty tutors across Departments.

Megan contacted the CIECT Instructional Design team to assist with the design and development of the online environment within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva. The online environment, namely, (hashtag) “#EMS Tutors 2016”, is structured as a self-help resource guide.

Useful information and resources are shared with tutors which include tips on:

– how to prepare for tutorial lessons;
– manage students;
– what to do in an emergency; and
– familiarisation relate to administrative documentation.

General announcements are sent to all tutors to inform them of important topics. Hence, the online space enables them to interact with each other, as well as with the Tutor Coordinator and lecturers – as they prepare and plan for their respective lessons.

**Furthermore, Departmental tutor groups have been created, which allows communication related to a specific discipline.
PS: 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.
URL: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcNoCjyvgBPx0x-g-DVMmNlEgbac4nn2W

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
URL: https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/#help

Contact the CIECT Team to set-up your interactive online environment.