Monthly Archives: July, 2017

EED Tutors and Students: Use of eTools for lectures, tutorials, tests and exams

Lecturer, Jacolien Volschenk [English for Educational Development (EED)] recently contacted the CIECT team to create a customised eTools workshop for tutors and students. A hands-on training session was conducted, regarding the use of various eTools to supplement the face-to-face lectures and tutorials.


Functionalities within Microsoft Word, ‘Google Drive’, ‘iKamva platform’; and ‘Turnitin (Tii)’ – were explored:

  1. The ‘Track changes’ functionality within Microsoft Word was used to enable the tutors to provide appropriate feedback for assignments. The specific assignment, including the feedback, is returned to a student – in order for the student to improve accordingly.
  2. Google Drive’ enabled students to see the benefits of unlimited online storage and backups (for assignments and articles); collaborative writing; and remote access options to edit and retrieve online documents.
  3. Students were able to access and engage with course related materials within the ‘Course Resources eTool’, within iKamva. The learning material was carefully structured according to folders, namely: assignments, assignment checklists, article readings, lecture slides, as well as the test and exam scope.
  4. The ‘Turnitin (Tii) eTool’ was used for students to develop their academic writing. This eTool assisted with text similarity detection and referencing techniques, and further allows students to resubmit.


The selected eTools were used to supplement face-to-face lectures and tutorials for the completion of activities, assignments; and preparation for tests and examinations.


Contact the CIECT Team to create a blended teaching-and-learning environment which supports your teaching practices.

EMS Faculty: Blended practices to support under-and-postgraduate students

Lecturers Eslyn Isaacs and Garth van Gensen from the Management Department (EMS), makes use of the iKamva platform to supplement their teaching practices for 2nd year Management students; as well as for postgraduate students. This postgraduate collaborative module – Advanced Diploma in Management (ADM) allows for sharing and engagement of  two groups of students.

The lecturers structured the online environment to allow for content sharing and communication. This was supported by the use of eTools, specifically, “Course Resources” and “Lessons”.

The “Course Resources eTool” was structured into the following folders: Marketing Philosophies; PowerPoint Slides; Completed assessments; and Administrative documents.  These folders include various course materials such as PowerPoint presentations, documents and videos.

In addition, the lecturers also use the “Lessons eTool” to create an interactive environment. A video lecture was recorded on a particular lesson namely,‘Pricing Concepts and Setting the right Price’. This was done as the lecturers were unable to attend the face-to-face session with the students. This video recording was embedded into the online space within iKamva, along with the weekly PowerPoint presentation.

Students were able to view the interactive video at their own pace and from various geographical locations. This blended mode of teaching allowed both full-time and working professionals to engage in the teaching regardless of space and time.

Contact the CIECT Team to create a blended teaching-and-learning environment which supports your teaching practices.

EMS Faculty: Face-to-face and Online Tutorials supplement class activities and examinations

Lecturer, Sarel Viljoen has made use of various eTools on iKamva to supplement his teaching methods for 1st year Information Systems (IFS) students. The module focuses on equipping students with basic skills and knowledge regarding computer hardware, software, databases, networks and types of Information Systems.

In this course, face-to-face lectures and tutorials are supported by the use of eTools, specifically, “Lessons” and “Tests & Quizzes”.

The “Lessons eTool” is divided into sections of Chapters, Tutorials and Assignments. The lecturer has integrated various digital media components (images, audio, pdf documents and PowerPoint slides) in order to support and reinforce concepts and topics taught. These digital media components accommodate a diversity of learning styleswhich could effectively contribute to students understanding of the course content. In addition, the lecturer uploaded readings and activities and students were expected to review these in preparation for their interactive face-to-face weekly tutorials.

Furthermore, two (2) ‘sit-down tests’ were written in relation to the content covered in lectures and tutorials. Hereafter, the memos for these tests were translated into different languages (Afrikaans and isiXhosa) and shared online with the students.

The lecturer also made use of the “Tests & Quizzes eTool” to enable students to complete an online tutorial activity. This activity included True-and-False and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s), and could be accessed for a week for completion and submission. It should be noted that 575 students completed this online tutorial activity.

The implementation of these eTools contribute to a blended learning environment which enables students to effectively assimilate course content and prepare for examinations.

Contact the CIECT Team to create a blended teaching-and-learning environment which supports your teaching practices.