Monthly Archives: September, 2016

Education Faculty: Student Peer-Review eTool to develop academic writing

Lecturer Karen Collett, consulted the CIECT team in order to explore assessment and peer-review eTools. Following, CIECT advised with regards to a specific peer-review tool within the Turnitin (Tii) platform.

The ‘peer-review’ eTool promotes constructive student peer reviews. The lecturer proceeded to make use of the eTool for 3rd year Education students. These students were required to write individual pieces and submit within Tii. The platform randomly assigns submitted pieces to students for peer-review (anonymous selection).

NB: It should be noted that the lecturer and CIECT team member discussed the customisation of the peer-review eTool. For example:
– A student will only be able to peer-review, if he/she has submitted a written piece;
– A student who has peer-reviewed a piece, will automatically attain a mark towards their Continuous Assessment Mark/ CAM (allocated by the lecturer); and
– The lecturer is able to view the submissions (written piece and completed peer-review).

The purpose of the peer-review activity is to develop academic writing; gain experience with regards to constructive peer-reviews and self-directed learning. Dr Karen Collett has embarked on this pilot project, in collaboration with CIECT.

NB: It should be noted that the professional support staff member (CIECT) and the lecturer engaged in a series of one-on-one consultations, in order to:
– Select the appropriate eTool according to the need of the students (future teacher-educators);
– Discuss the pedagogical value of the functionalities;
– Train the subject matter expert (lecturer) to become familiar with the online environment; and
– Train the students to engage within the online environment.

Contact the CIECT team in advance to discuss the use of the peer-review eTool for your specific discipline and context.

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Various Departments: Use of iKamva and Google Applications to support blended activities

Various Departmental Heads from Management, Nursing and Linguistics contacted the CIECT Instructional Design team to discuss alternative teaching and assessment methods. This has resulted in advisory discussions, whereby the CIECT team shared various blended learning activities and related pedagogical value (at different departmental meetings).

These discussions highlighted the benefits of various eTools, specifically within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva. Exemplars of how lecturers (across disciplines) have made use of both communication and assessment tools within their teaching practice were showcased. These include, the effective use of:
– Discussion topics (asynchronous student communication, interactive engagement and assessment);
– Test and quizzes which enables students to engage via any geographical setting. The tests are timed, automatically graded and results are available immediately; and
– Assignments for submission of essays/academic written pieces.

In addition, the CIECT team also shared the benefits of Google Applications which enable students to develop and share assessment tasks with peers, tutors and lecturers. Lecturers from Social Work, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dietetics and Women and Gender studies have made use of the ePortfolio to illustrate and track student development against specific learning outcomes.

The creation of ePortfolios demonstrate the students’ competencies and skills linked to learning outcomes. Students are able to structure and embed content, text and digital components within the portfolios.

Please contact the CIECT Team to create your blended learning environments for your students.

Anthropology and Sociology Department: Use of iKamva and PLEs to support blended activities

The Head of Department (HOD) Prof Nadasen contacted the CIECT Instructional Design team to discuss alternative teaching and assessment methods. This has resulted in advisory discussions, whereby the CIECT team shared various blended learning activities and related pedagogical value (at the start of the fourth (4th) term).

These discussions highlighted the benefits of various eTools, specifically within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva. Exemplars of how lecturers (across disciplines) have made use of both communication and assessment tools within their teaching practice were showcased. These include, the effective use of:
– Discussion topics (asynchronous student communication, interactive engagement and assessment);
– Test and quizzes which enables students to engage via any geographical setting. The tests are automatically graded and results are available immediately; and
– Assignments for submission of essays/academic written pieces.

In addition, the CIECT team shared the benefits of the Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). It should be noted that some of these PLEs do not require internet connection. For example, the use of Digital storytelling to develop and present lectures related to a specific topic. Students from various disciplines (Library Information Science, Dietetics and Nursing) have created digital stories, narrated PowerPoint Presentations and podcasts (audio-recordings) – for both group work and individual assessment tasks.

Please contact the CIECT Team to create your blended learning environments.

Kind Regards,
CIECT

EMS lecturer creates weekly quizzes: Contribution to CAM

Economic Management Sciences (EMS) lecturer, Abdullah Bayat has created a blended learning environment for the module, Operations Management.

It should be noted that the lecturer is focusing on online assessment tasks; specifically weekly quizzes in preparation for upcoming semester tests.

These quizzes entail different question types, namely:
– Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs); and
– True-and-False.

NB: The online weekly quizzes count for eight (8) percent of the Continuous Assessment Mark (CAM), as indicated in the course outline.

In addition, the lecturer has structured the blended learning environment to enable easy navigation and access to learning material, including:

– Lecture notes;
– Open-source textbooks;
– Video reflective diary resources;
– Tutorials;
– Web links to Operation Management websites; and
– Announcements.

Students are able to view and engage with the learning material via their mobile devices.
**Contact the CIECT Team to design a structured blended learning environment.

Dietetics and Nutrition Department Lecturers create blended learning environments

The Dietetics and Nutrition Department recently contacted the CIECT team to create eleven (11) Undergraduate modules within iKamva. The Head of Department, Dr. E. Kunneke was added to eight (8) of these modules to view activities and student engagement.

In addition, the HOD also requested that their Department’s eLearning champion, Jill Wilkinson, should be added to all of these modules in order to moderate staff and student engagements. Furthermore, the lecturers were encouraged to attend CIECT’s blended learning workshop.

The eLearning champion stated that “after attending introductory Ikamva training with the e-learning team (who continue to support us via email/telephone and links to great resources for self-directed learning) we have used Ikamva course sites to:

– Provide access to learning material in a manner that students are familiar
– Administer quizzes (saves paper, time and creates an archive of results)
– Create tutorials
– Distribute and upload assignments
– Ikamva provides the space to safely share course resources – including course notes, web content and other media which students can access at any time”.

She emphasised that: “increased exposure to the platform along with in-house brainstorming sessions about the development of online content will lead to improved skills and strategies for creating blended learning environments which enhance student engagement “.

Please contact the CIECT Team to create your blended learning environments