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.