Education Faculty: Blended practices for Method of Life Orientation (TML 301)

Lecturer, Ronel Koch has created a blended learning environment to supplement teaching and learning practices for TML 301 students. This3rd-year module focuses primarily on the teaching of Life Orientation as a learning area, offered in the Senior Phase of schooling. The module delves into various critical factors that influence Life Orientation teaching and learning. Hence, this online environment focuses on teaching approaches; lesson plans; curriculum development; and assessment strategies.

The lecturer makes use of eAssessment, Communication, Survey and Course Resources eTools to supplement the face-to-face instruction.

Test & Quizzes

Students received a number of weekly tasks, which they were expected to complete and submit via the Tests & Quizzes eTool on iKamva. These tasks included a variety of question types such as Short-answer/Essays and Multiple Choice questions. Weekly tasks such as these can assist students in reflecting on topics discussed during face-to-face lessons, and also to aid the lecturer in keeping track of students’ progressregarding the  course content.

Announcements

The Announcement tool allows lecturers to communicate important information to the students regarding coursework and other related matters. The lecturers are able to post a variety of messages to the students on the iKamva platform, which is sent to their student email inbox. Announcements from the lecturer included the following:

  • Student opportunities to earn formal credits,
  • Funding regarding the opportunities,
  • Scheduled test, venues and times, and
  • Cancellation of lectures.

Google Forms

In addition, the lecturer sent out a Google Form (embedded within the Announcement tool). The students were expected to complete this form/survey, which the lecturer then used to adjust her teaching style in order to accommodate the needs of the students.

Course Resources

A variety of material was uploaded for students to access via the Course Resources. Students were able to view and download learning material, enabling offline access for study purposes. These included the course outline, weekly lecture material, information relating to the examination; and the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) documents for Life Orientation Teachers/Educators.

Lecturers are encouraged to attend and commit to the design workshops, hosted by the CIECT team.**It is important for lecturers to focus on the effective design and development of interactive online environments; and not mere dissemination of notes and lecture slides.

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