Monthly Archives: May, 2016

eTools Kit for Entrepreneurs: Collaboration with Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI)

The CIECT Team conceptualised, designed, developed and facilitated a Short Course, namely eTools Kit for Entrepreneurs (NQF Level 5).

Purpose Statement: The course is aimed at enabling the participants to design and create marketing material for a small business. Moreover the course will enable the participants to make use of various online and offline eTools to create, manage and procure.

Two cohorts have been successfully delivered: CIECT was approached by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) to roll-out the 1st cohort (2014), to a group of Entrepreneurs (vendors contracted to UWC). A 2nd cohort was facilitated, June 2015 (vendors with registered businesses).

Some feedback from participants, include:
– “I have learned a lot of new computer skills from the workshop, eg flyer, business cards, video. It will help expand and grow the business. These skills will also help me save money by doing the tasks myself instead of hiring someone to do it”.
– “The course was an eye opening one, when I came here I didn’t know how to do video editing and web design and market my biz online but now I know how to do all those things”.
– “The overall course is a contributor to Nation Building especially that we are struggling on the area of Knowledge Society. Management document resonates with the archiving of our day to day activities in a simply way. The facilitators were all very patient as a result most of us have shared off the fear of technology which at times is intimidating”.
– “Feel very empowered, now I will be able to create my own candidate database and be able to update my website. Now I know MS Excel better and I will be very creative with my presentation”.

Based on the positive impact of the two previous cohorts, we are pleased to announce that the CIECT team has been requested (by CEI) – to facilitate a 3rd cohort in July 2016.

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iKamva Mobile Application: 7 770 downloads to-date

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) initiated the design and development of a Mobile Application for iKamva (Android devices), in March 2014. In August 2015 a beta-version was released to the UWC’s Community.

NB: During a time-frame (of merely four/4 weeks, including an academic break), CIECT confirmed that 3700 downloads occurred, confirming the need for the iKamva Mobile Application.
NB: To-date, the iKamva mobile application has been downloaded several times (i.e. 7 770 confirmed from the database).

The iKamva Android Application includes features such as:

– iKamva Access: Users can gain access to their respective online courses (including, content, discussion forums and eAssessments) – from any geographical space via mobile devices.
– Campus Map: Users are able to utilise the University of the Western Cape Map (UWC) application to view Faculties and Departments locations on campus.
– Emergency Call: Users are able to make a direct call to the institution’s Campus Protection Service (CPS).
– UWC Directories: Users are provided with a directory of contact details pertaining to UWC Departments and Faculties.

NB: In addition, UWC students are able to save content offline, allowing access to stored content – without internet connection.

**This mobile application is locally hosted at UWC; and available (downloadable) – from the iKamva platform.

**The CIECT team will communicate any further upgrades and developments regarding the iKamva Android application.

Student Response Tool (‘Umhlobo2Study’): Pilot with Science Faculty

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has initiated the design and development of a Student Response Tool (SRT), ‘Umhlobo2Study’, in August 2015. In early 2016 a demonstration was held for the Faculty of Science, fostering a partnership in the development of the SRT application. Contributors in Mathematics and Physics Departments have already begun inserting content. The official pilot will be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2016 in collaboration with the subject-matter experts (lecturers).

The Student Response Tool has features such as:
– Saved Questions: Offline mode question bank (practice questions with no internet connection required).
– Live Questions: Online question broadcast mode (lecturers will be able to stream questions to groups in real-time).
– Capsules: Manageable chunks of information to complement questions and is intended to work in an offline mode (content accompanied by a relevant question bank).

The main feature that has been developed is the ‘profiling of responses’, which is essential for self-directed student development. As a user progresses through a question bank, the SRT will detect in which areas the student is struggling. Hence the specific profile will be used to highlight the threshold concepts, and provide the student with help, in the form of relevant content and targeted question banks.

The CIECT team will communicate further regarding the roll-out of the pilot.

Co-Curricular Recognition System: CIECT creates an instructional screencast

CIECT collaborated with the Student Development and Support (SDS) Unit, to create an ‘instructional screencast’ for the Co-Curricular Recognition System. Hence, the video will enable users (specifically, students) to access and navigate accordingly. The video provides clear instructions (visual and audio) related to:
– How to navigate the UWC site (access to the specific system); and
– How to apply co-curricular activities (to be added to their transcripts).

The CIECT Team (Materials Development) produced the screencast, making use of specific screen-recording software; a script and relevant graphics. The screencast will be placed online.

The SDS Unit announced the launch of the Co-Curricular Recognition System on the 5 May 2016, and highlighted the “platform for students to apply for official recognition of their co-curricular involvement, which include experiential learning and inhabiting certain attributes that facilitate the development and growth of students”.

NB: This mode of delivery (screencasting), can also be effectively used by academics to support their traditional teaching-and-learning practices.

Contact the CIECT Team to produce screencasts: (x2571); mdt@uwc.ac.za

Oral Health students engage in Pre-Clinical Online Assessment

Lecturer, Marcelle Cupido from the Dentistry Faculty engaged in consultative sessions with the CIECT Instructional designers to discuss eAssessment. The Instructional designers advised on the pedagogical value of the ‘Tests and Quizzes’ eTool within the iKamva platform; and guided the lecturer through the process of setting up and developing the online tests.

The Oral Health module, LOS 200 focuses on basic oral health sciences and seeks to assess the students’ understanding of specific concepts.
A number of 21 Dentistry students completed their Pre-Clinical Online Assessment, which included various question types related to their course material. Different question types included:

-Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs);
– Mix-and-Match; and
– True and False.

The students also needed to identify certain images and select the correct answer based on the visual illustration.

A required mark of 80% must be obtained by students in order to be allowed to conduct their practical examinations. Making use of the ‘Tests and Quizzes’ statistics feature, lecturers are able to retrieve box and whisker-, quantile- and frequency distribution- analyses. These features can provide a quick detailed overview of class performance.

Pleas contact the CIECT Team to advise on the creation of your online assessments.