Monthly Archives: August, 2016

Nursing Lecturers create eAssessment activities within informal and formal online spaces

Lecturers from the Nursing Department have consulted with the CIECT team in order to plan in advance for various online assessment activities for term tests and the upcoming exam period. Continuous support is offered through email, telephonic and scheduled face-to-face consultations. These lecturers teach across the various year levels (first year to exit level).

Furthermore, a specific assessment workshop was conducted for Foundation lecturers on 16 August 2016 to highlight which question types would be suitable for specific learning needs.

In addition, lecturer Jeffrey Hoffman and colleagues are making use of the online discussion forum for assessment activities. Jeffrey has created online work groups for the 4th year Nursing students linked to specific class schedules. Students are required to engage and share their understandings of gender construct within groups. Prior to sharing around the gender construct, students are able to discuss in an informal manner, via a discussion topic. Hence, the students were able to reflect on specific topics within a ”safe space”. The lecturers are able to assess their contributions and provide feedback accordingly. This enables the lecturers to view students progress prior to submission of formal, coherent responses.

**Visit the CIECT Team to design your structured online environment; specifically to make use of eTools for assessment and communication purposes.

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SRES lecturers make use of the ‘Lessons eTool’ – to design online environments

Seven (7) lecturers: Simone Titus, Ghaleelullah Achmat, Susan Bassett, Lloyd Leach, Gareth Smithdorf, Andre Travill, and Marie Young (Head of Department) – from the Department of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science (SRES) – recently engaged with the CIECT team for training related to the ‘Lessons eTool’ (located within iKamva).

The CIECT team discussed the effective use of this eTool; and the benefits of planning and updating online lectures. Various online environments were showcased, in order for the academics to view a structure of content, embedded digital media components, discussion topics, assessments; and links to external resources. Hence, the importance of Instructional Design was emphasised.

The ‘Lessons eTool’ allows a lecturer to create a user-friendly environment, by consolidating an array of eTools (i.e. on one webpage). Thus, students are able to work within ‘a one-stop-shop’, which avoids the opening of too many browsers.

In addition, lecturers requested future training and support in relation to the creation of screencasts; and narrated PowerPoint presentations. These can be embedded within iKamva (especially in a case of possible institutional ‘shutdown’).

Screencasts: CIECT team helps you to navigate Google Applications

The CIECT Team has created instructional screencasts (includes graphics and audio) to familiarise staff regarding the use of Google applications.
A playlist, consisting of nine (9) instructional screencasts will assist a user to:
– Navigate through the mailbox;
– Create calendar events; and
– Make use of the GOOGLE Cloud space (GOOGLE DRIVE).
These videos will enable a user to engage in self-directed learning. Thus users will be able to make use of these instructional videos at their own pace; and from any geographical setting (with internet connectivity).
NB: These instructional screencasts are available at this LINK: http://tinyurl.com/hklm3ze
NB: The ICS Department (Zondre Dean, Project Manager) will liaise with Faculty Officers and respective HODs to arrange group/departmental training sessions. The CIECT Team will conduct the Google applications group sessions.

Dentistry lecturers (30) – engage in a ‘Blended Learning Workshop’

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) team conducted a ‘Blended Learning Workshop’ for Dentistry lecturers, on 20th July 2016. During the workshop thirty (30) lecturers were able to engage in the following activities:

– structure online environments (discipline specific);
– setup and manage online groups;
– setup online assessment activities; and
– create a discussion forum and topics.

The workshop focused on blended learning approaches for student development. Hence, structured online environments support face-to-face lectures and tutorials (include practical sessions). Online groups promotes team/group work. The lecturers are able to attach specific readings and digital media components to group discussions. Furthermore online assessment activities were deliberated in relation to the selection of appropriated eAssessment tools; and the pedagogical value. For example, the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type can be set-up with various question banks – to assess specific skills, competencies and cognitive levels (within specific contexts).

Moreover, a discussion forum can include more than one topic (related to a specific theme). For example, a lecturer focusing on Restorative Dentistry is able to set-up a forum. Various themes can be identified and discussed within topics. In addition, relevant reading material and video clips can be embedded within discussion themes. Lecturers are also able to link content (within discussion topics) – to external video resources.

**The Deputy-Dean, Prof Parker has requested a follow-up workshop, specifically related to the creation of ePortfolios.

**Visit the CIECT Team to design your online environment; specifically to make use of eTools for communication and assessment purposes.