Physics Technical Officer, Ian Schroeder contacted the CIECT team in January 2019 to conceptualise the delivery of a customised ICT Skills development workshop for his Physics 111 students.
This workshop took place in March 2019 [three/3 Saturday sessions from 9h30-11h30]. CIECT in collaboration with Ian, customised the outline. The structured workshop included:
- Introduction to computers
- Introduction worksheet
- Input data and constants
- Processing worksheets
- Data output
It should be noted that approximately 94 students voluntarily signed up for the workshop sessions. A small group of the students had completed computer literacy (CAT) in school and therefore did not attend these sessions.
Due to lack of training lab space, Mr Schroeder suggested to explore the “pair programming” method where students share the workstation and work collaboratively.
“Pair programming helps students to learn essential soft skills like communication and collaboration, as it is crucial to be able to work in a team and to communicate and interact with other people in the industry” (T. Benadé et al, 2017).
This ICT skills development intervention has been planned to continue in Semester 2.
The ‘Lessons eTool’ within iKamva enables students to create their own content pages where they are able to share and embed information. Furthermore, students are able to grade each other’s content pages based on a peer-evaluation rubric feature. The lecturer is responsible for developing the criteria. The rubric settings further allow for anonymous feedback and self-review. The peer-evaluation feedback can also be linked to the Gradebook eTool. Hence students are also able to grade their fellow peers.
A new feature has been added to the Tests & Quizzes eTool, within iKamva. This feature allows the lecturer/facilitator to create ‘exceptions to time and delivery date’ of a specific online assessment. The exception re-opens assessments for one student; or a group of students – who did not previously attempt the specific test.
Previously, one would be required to create duplicate assessments with different opening and closing dates, to allow students to write and rewrite special or sick tests. Hence, the tool allows one to add these ‘exceptions’ without the need to create a duplicate assessment for each student, or group of students. This also means that all test results are recorded in one central space, saving the lecturer/facilitator time in retrieving results.
Lecturer and Coordinator (Inter-Professional Educational Unit), Dr Gerard Filies has built a relationship with the University of Missouri over a number of years. Recently, Prof Arif Ahmed was invited to deliver a lecture on Comparative Health Systems as part of the Primary Health Care module (HDP122). CIECT met with Prof Ahmed in 2018 to discuss the creation of interactive online environments.
On 12 March, 2019 – the lecture was ‘live streamed’; making use of the software, ZOOM. Mr Graham Julies (ICS Department), engaged with Dr Filies to ensure that the lecture could be streamed to a large class of 711 first year students. Hence, the lecture was delivered in 3 venues.
NB: Contact Mr Graham Julies (ICS Department) -with regards to the usage and set-up of ZOOM.
**It should be noted that CIECT collaborated with ICS in 2014, to deliver the first Zoom pilot [Physics & EMS].
- EMS, School of Business and Finance: Live streaming to George region.
- Physics Dept: Live streaming on-campus.
Education lecturer, Nonhlanhla 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 Nursing Department in collaboration with CIECT designed and developed an application to enhance administrative and educational practices; especially Clinical Supervision.
Prof Hester Julie, Jeffrey Hoffman, Dr Juliana Willemse, Prof Jennifer Chipps & Delia Meyer – worked closely with the CIECT team to develop the Mobile Application for Nursing Clinical Supervision (MANCS).
The Software Development & Application team (within CIECT) focused on digitising the Nursing evaluation process for online data capturing (previously paper-based processes). The initial design and development phases were conducted during the period, June – December, 2017. The team continuously updates and reviews the application, in collaboration with the Nursing Department (subject-matter experts).
MANCS development entails:
- Application functionality (back-end code)
- Additional feature requests
- Digitisation of the skills evaluation forms
- Re-design of the Graphical User Interface
This application entails core tools, namely: Clinical Supervision, Attendance, and Evaluation. These tools should enable the Clinical Supervisors to monitor student performance in their specific clinical environments.
Furthermore, a Nursing Supervisor should be able to capture and retrieve data. The application enables a Supervisor to search dynamically for reports by date, student or staff.
The conceptualisation, design and development phases led to the pilot phase, which commenced in 2018. The MANCS pilot entailed the following:
- 2018: Foundation 1, Foundation 2 and BNur1 – modules.
- 2019: BNur2, BNur3, BNur4 – modules.