Education lecturer, Princess Shandu-Omukunyi collaborated with the CIECT team to implement a digital storytelling project for the undergraduate students (2nd and 3rd year students during 2018), enrolled in the Language and Education Department. These prospective Foundation phase educators were expected to design and develop a digital story. The reflective digital story, focused on the literacy development of a specific student, during the field work practice.
They were expected to monitor and track the student development from Gr R to Gr 1, making use of digital story eSkills. This digital story assessment task enabled the prospective educators to develop their critical thinking skills, pedagogical approaches, problem solving; and scaffolding interventions such as listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
CIECT conducted workshops with the 2nd and 3rd year students (2018) – to design and develop digital stories which enabled the students to create, plan and submit their reflective assessment tasks, within their respective online environments (hosted in iKamva). This project will continue with 3rd and 4th year students in 2019.
It should be noted that students received mobile devices to develop their digital stories. Each semester a specific student group received the mobile devices on loan, which was returned after the completion of assessment tasks.
The CIECT team hosted the ‘Digital Inclusion: eCentre Management Training’ Programme in November 2018. The Programme is a long-standing partnership between the Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) of the University of the Western Cape, Cape Access (Western Cape Government), and the e-Inclusion and Social Innovation CoLab.
The programme (designed, developed and facilitated by CIECT) – is offered to eCentres within the Western Cape in urban, peri-urban and rural environments. It consists of a face-to-face workshop session, followed by a four week ‘online phase’.
The selected participants are from various locations around the Western Cape, who are employed as eCentre Managers within their Communities. Thus, during the programme, participants are introduced to various e-skills, software applications, and concepts regarding e-Centre management, which should enable them to effectively promote, market, and manage their eCentres within their respective communities.
Participants who engaged in the programme were also introduced to Digital Storytelling software and applications. They were expected to design and create digital stories depicting their specific community eCentre services. Hence, they attained eSkills and presentation skills which enabled them to market their respective eCentres. Moreover, they were expected to transfer skills to various target groups within their communities.
The Western Cape Government (Cape Access) – has requested that CIECT continues with the partnership and roll-out of this specific Programme due to feedback from the community leaders.
School of Government (SOG) lecturers, Lance Scheepers, Profs Gregory Ruiters, and John Williams made use of iKamva to set up an admission test for prospective Masters students. An online environment was created, namely SOG Masters Entrance Assignment.
The prospective students included current UWC students, as well as external students from different geographical areas. The department contacted CIECT to assist with the creation of student accounts for external users. The account details were shared with the lecturers who communicated with all students. These students were enrolled into the online environment and were able to familiarise themselves with the platform prior to the entry assessment.
Students received communication regarding the entry assessment details via the Announcement eTool. This communication was also sent to their private email accounts. A reading was shared with the students within the Course Resources which they could download and read, prior to the test.
The entry assessment was created within the Tests and Quizzes eTool and the short answer/essay question type was selected. The students were required to engage in the timed assessment for three hours and thirty minutes, from any geographical location. Prospective students were able to engage in the online admissions test within iKamva, which was designed to test their reading, writing, paraphrasing, grammar and comprehension skills. The test questions were based on the article that was shared via prior communication. The lecturers were able to mark the students’ submissions offline, by exporting the student responses. The system also allows lecturers to mark the submissions online and release the marks to students at a specific time.
Lecturers are encouraged to attend and commit to the design workshops, hosted by the CIECT team. Please contact the CIECT team to explore the possibilities that exist within an online environment aligned to your discipline.