Monthly Archives: October, 2017

Mathematics Department: eTools to Support Lectures, Tutorials and Assessment

The Mathematics Department recently contacted the CIECT team to discuss the use of various eTools within the iKamva platform for their 1st year students.  The recent upgrade to iKamva supports the incorporation of LaTex markup language, which enables lecturers to make use of mathematical and scientific notation within the Test & Quizzes eTool.


Lecturer Jon Swanepoel has used this opportunity by integrating this functionality – to assist in formative assessments. These assessments consist of weekly online tutorial tasks whereby students are required to solve various equations and mathematical problems. These tasks aim to consolidate students’ understanding of content and to monitor their progress.


Furthermore, Fatiema Karriem and Leila Adams are making use of eTools within iKamva to supplement their teaching practices. These eTools were used for:


 Content distribution:

–          Lecture notes

–          Revision notes

–          External resources (e.g. MATLAB)

 Online assessment purposes:

–          Practical tasks

–          Assignments & Quizzes

–          Worksheets


These eTools are used in conjunction with face-to-face lectures and aim to assist in assimilation and reinforcement of knowledge and skills required of the students.


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


Education Faculty: Blended Learning Approach to Support Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lecturer Ronel Koch has made use of various eTools within the iKamva platform to supplement her teaching practice for 3rd year students. The module aims to prepare prospective Life Orientation educators with the skills and knowledge to become a Senior Phase Educator (Grades 7-9).


The lecturer has made use of the Course Resources and Tests & Quizzes eTool to create a blended learning environment to supplement her teaching-and-learning practices.

Online resources for prospective educators:

Resources were distributed to students which included Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) documents, weekly lecture slides, articles and an exam scope. In addition, students were provided with a document containing important contact information for organisations such as Childline, Safeline, hospitals and other child and youth protective services.  The lecturer also added a web link to an external site related to teacher tips for various issues that educators could encounter in the classroom such as bullying, autism and child abuse etc.

These resources aim to adequately equip students with relevant knowledge of their discipline; as well as information to prepare students for situations which learners and educators might face in the classroom.

Weekly online formative tasks:

Students were expected to engage in 5 weekly tasks which were designed within the Tests & Quizzes eTool. These tasks included the use of various question types such as True-and-False, Short Answer and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

These formative tasks were used as a form of consolidation of course content; and also a space for reflection and goal setting. In addition, these tasks assisted with reinforcement, revision and preparation for examinations as well as their future careers as educators.

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