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

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