Monthly Archives: June, 2019

Did you know? You can pre-load presentations/lectures to prepare for an online meeting [BigBlueButton]

Dear Colleagues,

The eTool within iKamva called Meetings [BigBlueButton/BBB] allows you to prepare for your lectures before engaging in an online meeting.   You will be able to pre-load presentations for student engagement.

In order to become familiar with the steps on how to pre-load presentations/lecture slides for an interactive online classroom meeting; view the inserted video snippet which highlights the following instructions:

• Locate your presentation from storage device
• Select the chosen file
• Upload selected file

**This presentation will be available once the meeting is started by the moderator.

NB: CIECT is currently engaged in a pilot phase with the Institute for Post School Studies (IPSS), specifically the PGDiP: TVET.

ePortfolio used as a formative assessment eTool

Dear Colleagues,
The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has observed and experienced an increasing demand for the design and development of ePortfolios for students across faculties, including: Education, Arts, CHS, Dentistry and Science.
The ePortfolio is structured as a formal assessment activity which enables students to:

  • collate information and learning material over a period of time;
  • record learning activities and competencies which are monitored and assessed;
  • reflect and share accomplishments;
  • insert relevant images and videos;
  • insert relevant tasks, essays and links; as well as
  • embed content related to discipline.
Students are able to reflect on their progress and take ownership of their learning using this form of assessment eTool from various geographical settings.

Contact the CIECT team to discuss the design and development of ePortfolios.

Did You Know? 4 Ways to Improve your Online Summative Assessments


Did you know? You can easily access an online meeting within iKamva [Big Blue Button]

At CIECT we can conduct meetings from different geographical spaces. We use iKamva’s Big Blue Button to engage in online discussions and meetings. In order to become familiar with how to access an interactive online classroom meeting, watch the inserted video snippet which highlights the following instructions:

  • Enter class
  • Join meeting
  • Test the sound and confirm audio

** The lecturer is the moderator and has to access the meeting first.

NB: CIECT is currently engaged in a pilot phase with the Institute for Post School Studies (IPSS), specifically the PGDiP: TVET.

iKamva hosts eTools for summative assessments

The institutional Learning Management System, iKamva hosts various eTools that can be used for summative assessments across disciplines.

The Assignments and the Tests and Quizzes tools are most frequently used for this purpose. It can also be used to setup high weighted examinations.

  • The Assignmenttool enables lecturers to create an online exam to test the knowledge and skills students have attained throughout a specific semester. Lecturers can set-up a take-home exam which is active for a specific time-frame. Students are able to view the specific examination question and then conduct their research and apply their knowledge in order to answer the questions. Once students have completed their exam question/s they are able to submit their completed exam paper onto iKamva before the closing date.
  • The lecturer could also setup an online examination which will enable students to complete the specific exam as soon as they open the exam. Once students have completed the exams, lecturers are able to view and grade the examination without releasing the marks to the students.

In addition, the Tests and Quizzes eTool allows the setup of  an exam with different question types such as, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), True and False, Mix and Match and Fill-in the missing answer to name a few.

  • This eTool allows the examination to be structured and scaffolded. The examination can be restricted to a specific group for a limited time and is marked automatically.

The iKamva platform also consists of the Course Resources eTool which provides students with downloadable content; and the Announcement eTool for information sharing (from lecturer to students).

Summative assessment focuses on the evaluation of student learning, and is often referred to as “High-Stakes” assessments. Lecturers can set out milestone goals for their students and assess the students’ attained skills and knowledge via ‘mid-term’ examination.

Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.

Did You Know? Turnitin Rubric Tool integrated within ‘Assignment’

The Turnitin (Tii) platform enables the seamless integration of a Rubric within ‘assignments’. Lecturers/Instructors are able to create Rubrics tailored to their niche discipline.  The Rubric Scoring Tool assists the lecturer to complete the rubric accordingly. It should be noted; multiple Rubrics can be created and used across various assignments. Students are able to view their accumulated total mark within the Rubric.


Law Lecturers: ‘Take-Home’ Examination (Case Study) – aligned to Turnitin (Tii) Report

The iKamva platform can be used to set up summative assessment activities, which allows students to submit their work accordingly.

Social Law Projects (SLP) academics and experts used iKamva’s Assigment eTool to set-up a “Take Home Exam” for Semester 1 Law students (PGL 711 & 712 respectively).

Students were provided with the following guidelines and information in order to submit a case study:

  • Bibliography and referencing style.
  • Questions provided with clear instructions and corresponding marks (100 marks in total).
  • Open and due dates for the assessment.
  • Basic Word formatting requirements (e.g: margins, font size and type, line spacing, alignment).
  • Number of words/word count (3000 words).

**The assessment was further linked to Turnitin and students were provided with a similarity report and allowed to resubmit up to 3 times before the due date.

Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.

Did you know? Audio-Visual Services (AVS) Team Coordinated 38 Events [Semester 1]

The CIECT Team (Audio-Visual Services) coordinated services for 38 institutional events – during Semester 1.

These events included: Annual School’s Reward & Breakfast; Registrar’s Thank You & Certificate Ceremony; Graduation Ceremonies;  SRC meetings; Conferences; Seminars & Colloquia; Workshops; visits by Foreign Dignitaries; Sporting; Convocation; and Launches.


**It should be noted that the team coordinates on-campus and off-campus event

NB: Contact AVS 

  1. Log a request via Servicedesk.
  2. Complete form (necessary details and requirements).
  3. For more details contact Mr Eugene Alfred at; X3250

Did you know? 15 727 students accessed iKamva off-campus (exam period)

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Education lecturer creates online ‘Take home exam’

The iKamva platform can be used to set up summative assessment activities via the Assignments eTool, which allows students to submit their work accordingly. In such an example, lecturer Khayelethu Hamana (EDC 413) has set up an online take home assessment for 2019 mid-year examination, whereby students needed to submit a research proposal.

The lecturer shared a rubric with the students which entailed the assessment criteria.

The assessment has been set up using the ‘iKamva-Turnitin integration’, and students were given sufficient time in order submit and edit accordingly for re-submission purposes.

The structure of the research proposal entailed the following:

  • Introduction and background to the study,
  • Statement of the research problem,
  • Research rationale and significance of the study,
  • Literature review, and
  • Research design and methodology.

Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.