Lecturers within the EMS Faculty, across departments have created blended teaching-and-learning environments, in collaboration with the CIECT team.
NB: A number of 284 modules were created during the 2016 Academic year.
To-date (January – 19 April, 2017) – a number of 171 online modules have been created.
The online teaching-and-learning spaces are used effectively, to:
– share learning resources (lecture slides, homework tasks, articles, etc.);
– share interactive multimedia components (discipline specific videos, simulations and audio-recordings);
– enable students to sign-up for tutorials;
– communicate with students through sending announcements; and
– create different assessments through reflective individual and group online tests.
The EMS Faculty lecturers have also been introduced to the use of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) such as, digital stories, podcasts, presentations; and Google Applications (such as ePortfolio, Drive and Blogger). These eTools have been included in various modules across the departments to enhance the teaching practices and develop student learning.
The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has observed and experienced an increasing demand for the design and development of ePortfolio’s for students across faculties, including Education, Arts, CHS and Science.
The CIECT team has conducted hands-on workshops and demonstrations for students to familiarise them with the application of eTools, specifically for the development of learning ePortfolio. In addition, lecturers in collaboration with the CIECT team have developed templates which allow the following activities, including: to design a specific interface and structure; generate a unique portfolio; and share and manage content. It should be noted that lecturers are able to share the structure via a link embedded within the online class list and track changes in real-time.
This pre-defined template enables students to:
– Access online ePortfolio site;
– Add profile information;
– Insert relevant images and videos;
– Insert relevant documents (tasks and essays) and links;
– Upload evidence related to exit level outcomes (ELOs); and
– Embed content related to discipline.
The ePortfolio is used for formative assessment purposes; and monitoring-and-tracking students’ development and competencies over a period of time. This also allows students to reflect on their progress and take ownership of their learning.