Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Arts Faculty lecturers: Create blended learning environments

Arts Faculty lecturers across the eleven (11) Departments have created online environments within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS) iKamva (Sakai).

A number of 77 online modules have been created during the first term (1st) – of the academic calendar, 2016.

These lecturers have consulted with the CIECT Team to create blended learning environments which support their traditional practices.

The Arts Faculty lecturers have also been introduced to the use of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) such as, digital stories, podcasts, narrated presentations; and Google Applications (such as ePortfolio, Drive and Blogger).
NB: It should be noted that lecturers integrate these PLEs and Google Applications into their iKamva environments.

Furthermore, lecturers representing different Departments, have setup various online tests to assess large classes, consisting of approximately 690 – 1490 students. These online tests were developed for students (amongst others) – from the Psychology (undergraduate), Linguistics and English Departments.

Students are expected to complete these tests at their own pace (within a specific time-frame); and from any geographical setting.
NB: Some lecturers prefer to release test marks as soon as the student has submitted. Whilst others prefer to wait for all students to complete, before releasing marks.

Moreover, Linguistics lecturers have made use of iKamva’s ‘joinable groups’, which enables their students to select specific slots related to online assessment tasks.

Contact the CIECT Team to create your interactive online environment.

Geography Department lecturer creates online tests to assist with Formative Assessment

Lecturer, Bradley Rink from the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism created various online spaces for both his undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

These online environments were structured with related:
– content (‘manageable chunks’); and
– course resources.

Furthermore, the lecturer has designed an interactive environment. Hence, content has been ‘hyperlinked’ to other external resources, including relevant documents and web sites. An interactive environment enables the students to make use of resources to assist with their academic writing. For example, students are guided how to create assignments according to specific formats and referencing.

The lecturer also created an online test for his second year, GES 222: Population Geographies module. The online test was divided into three (3) parts, which included different categories and question types:
– Multiple choice questions,
– short answer essays,
– fill in the missing words, and
– identify the answer linked to a specific illustration (image).

The CIECT team assisted the lecturer with the setup and specific settings of the online test.

Bradley states: “I was really pleased with the percentage of students who wrote the test on the day (140 of 143 registered students). We never get such a high participation rate during paper-based testing. And, from what I can see thus far, the marks thus-far are as equally distributed as I would have expected from a paper-based test.”

‘Gradebook eTool’: Manage assessment grades and identify ‘at risk students’ (early detection)

The ‘Gradebook eTool’ within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS) iKamva, captures online assessment marks (grades). Hence, lecturers and tutors are able to store and distribute grade information to students online. For example:

– A student who has completed an online assessment activity, will receive a specific mark within the ‘Gradebook eTool’. In turn, if the student has engaged in many assessment activities, all marks will be stored in the student’s ‘Gradebook’. This is a ‘private’ student environment. Only the lecturer and tutor will be able to edit and view all assessment grades (for all students).
– Students are able to view their course grades once a lecturer has released the marks. They are able to ‘sort’ assessment grades by title, due date, and weighting.

NB: The lecturer is also able to identify ‘at risk students’ (early detection).
The ‘Gradebook eTool’ provides information (statistics) in various ways, including:
– an item summary for each course;
– item detail;
– all grade listing; and
– course grade listing.

NB: The results of all grades can be exported to Microsoft Excel, which can be uploaded to the Marks Administrative System (MAS).

Contact the CIECT Team to set-up your ‘Gradebook’ within iKamva.