UWC & Missouri: Blended Learning – Ethics and Professionalism for Health Care

Lecturers, Jo-Celene de Jongh and Nico Nortje, (Occupational Therapy, UWC) in collaboration with lecturer Lea Brandt (University of Missouri’s School of Medicine), have jointly taught the Ethics and Professional for Health Care module, making use of the iKamva institutional Learning Management System (LMS).

This collaborative blended learning module was designed and developed making use of iKamva since 2016. A CIECT Instructional Designer met with the UWC lecturers in order to effectively plan and discuss the design, structure and use of related eTools for this module. This collaborative module hosts students from the Occupational Therapy Department, UWC as well as students from the University of Missouri.

Structured online module

The Ethics module is structured into ten (10) sessions which focuses on the specific topics/content related to the discipline. Making use of the Lessons eToolwithin iKamva, each session has been organised into an introduction, pre-reading material and the related lecture.

Pre-recorded lecture videos embedded in content

The lectures were pre-recorded and embedded within each Lesson Page. The lecture videos were recorded at the CIECT Digital Media Studio, which required advanced and careful planning by both lecturers and CIECT staff. The Digital Media team engaged in post-production editing to prepare the lectures for the online environment.


Students were required to access and engage with the learning content and the specific assessment activities. The Assignment eTool was selected for students to complete and submit their reflective tasks online.

Digital Stories [Group Assignments]

Students also had to organise themselves into groups of five and work together in order to produce a short video (digital story) related to an ethical issue. The completed assessment (submission of a digital story) also had to be submitted into the Assignment eTool.

 **This structure and design of the module, focuses on the cognitive and social constructivist approach. This theoretical perspective lends itself to individuals engaging in critical thinking as well as interactive engagement with peers, in order to ensure learning takes place (Powell & Kalina, 2009).

Please contact the CIECT team to assist with the effective design and development of your online environment and the further explore the possibilities that exist.

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