Monthly Archives: July, 2019

EMS ‘Fully-online’ Module: Distance learners engage in continuous and final online assessment

Lecturer Akhbar Khalfe, utilised the ‘question pools’ feature to develop a bank of online questions.  This formed part of his weekly continuous assessment activities for the ‘fully-online’, EMD 512 (Principles of Management and Business) module.

This feature allows students to complete online quizzes related to the specific topics that were presented each week. Students received results as they complete the online assessment quizzes.  The assessment activities reinforced learning and enabled students to engage with the content.

‘Question Pools’ refer to a defined collection of questions, and can be applied to a specific online test or quiz. Lecturers are able to set up a bank of questions and thereby define how many questions should be drawn from the question pool, in a specific assessment.

The feature also automatically randomises the bank of questions, per student. Hence, tests will differ slightly from one student to another.

In addition, multiple question pools can be created and drawn into one assessment through the use of parts/sections. This allows for tests that cover more than one topic or chapter, to be set up accordingly.  Furthermore, it also allows for the use of various question types within one specific test.

Akbar has made use of various question pools for the final examination which took place in the last week of the online module. Students were assessed on their overall competence related to the weekly thematic content, that is shared throughout the seven (7) week online module.

**The continuous and final assessment activities were conducted online [‘fully-online module’].

Did You Know? iKamva’s Live Video Conferencing tool allows you to annotate a slideshow presentation

iKamva’s live video conferencing tool allows one to annotate directly on the slideshow presentation. Lecturers have the ability to add text and drawings during a live video conference, and can also grant permission to other users to do the same. Hence, students and tutors will also be able to add input on the presentation, if allowed. Annotating during your online video conference allows you to highlight areas of the screen/presentation, and draw attention to specific content.

In order to familiarise you with the steps to annotate on your presentation/lecture slides during a video conference; watch the inserted video snippet which highlights the following instructions:

  • Select one of the annotation tools from the tool navigation bar

  • Depending on tool, Click and drag to draw shapes or add text boxes, or

  • Draw freely on the screen using the pencil tool

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

Discussion Forums: An interactive communication and formative assessment tool

The discussion forum is an asynchronous communication eTool integrated within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS) – iKamva. This eTool enables students to engage in the forum from any geographical location and communication does not have to happen instantly. This allows students to think about their responses and to construct coherent submissions. Students are able to view and reply to posts which facilitates a constructive peer review process.

Lecturers are able to create specific topics related to their discipline for discussion as well as assessment purposes. Articles and various resources can be added to the topics to steer the discussions. The forums can be used to promote interactive discussion amongst students. The discussion forum tool allows lecturers to identify application in ‘real-life’ scenarios. As students engage in peer review, lecturers can assign marks for assessment purposes. This will also encourage reflective posts to be authentic and well-structured, in order for students to gain substantial marks.

Contact the CIECT team to setup your online discussion activities.