Monthly Archives: November, 2019

Did You Know? Sakai Platform/iKamva ranked top Open-LMS for User Experience

Did you know that the institutional Learning Management System, Sakai Platform (iKamva) has recently been ranked as the top Open-LMS for User Experience.

According to SoftwareReviews, Sakai offers a better customer experience than competing LMS platforms [https://www.softwarereviews.com/categories/education-learning-management-systems].

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Education Faculty: 3rd Year Mathematics students engage in ‘Take-Home Exam’

Lecturer Xoliswa Mbeleni (3rd year Mathematics/TMM 302) contacted the CIECT Team to set-up an online environment; especially for assessment purposes [Take-home Exam, Nov 2019].

Summative Assessment/ November 2019: Eighty (80) students will be engaged in the final year-end exam [commonly called “Take-home Exam”] – which can be taken remotely, by accessing iKamva’s Assignment eTool.

Alignment to Turnitin (Tii): The Final exam was also linked to Assignment the Turnitin (Tii) platform in order for the student to check similarity reports; especially as the assignment included the “knowledge of the subject-matter and pedagogical content”.

Rubric: The lecturer developed a rubric which guided the students’ final submissions.

The Instructional Designer (CIECT Team) consulted with the lecturer to ensure the following processes:

  • Discuss and apply the relevant setting for the  Take-home Exam
  • Link an Announcement to the Assessment
  • Define the parameters in relation to time-frames (test will automatically open & close accordingly)
  • Link  to Turnitin (Tii)
  • Quality assure (preview online exam prior to publishing online)

Contact the CIECT team to structure your formative and summative online assessment activities.

Undergraduate Social Work students submit an ePortfolio as a summative assessment

Social Work lecturers consulted with the CIECT team regarding the use of a Google Application eTool, namely Google Sites and siteMaestro add-on.

Google Sites: ePortfolio templates were developed according to student year levels.

Google Sheets:  An online class-list was created by the CIECT team for each Supervisor.

siteMaestro Add-on: Allows the user to bulk-copy, share and manage ePortfolio templates within Google Sheet.  Each student receives a link to their ePortfolio via their student email.

This process of creating and sharing an ePortfolio template enables effective time-management, as the lecturer and Supervisor spends less time with administrative tasks (including locating and retrieving student emails; and related content for large groups of students).  Moreover, the lecturer and supervisor have more time to collaborate and reflect on the learning content and student development.

Summative assessment & continuous support: The CIECT team demonstrated how to develop their ePortfolios. In addition the team supports the students who visit the CIECT Offices to complete their ePortfolios. These portfolios serve as a summative assessment.

Contact the CIECT team to assist with the design and development of ePortfolios for student development.

Did You Know? iKamva Platfom can be accessed from various devices

Did you know the iKamva Platform is designed using responsive web design principles? This responsive design automatically adjusts the layout and content designed within the iKamva platform according to the user’s screen size. Students and lecturers can access and engage within their online environments making use of different devices which can include: Laptops, Desktops, Smartphones and Tablets.

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Education: 3rd Year Foundation Phase students develop and showcase ePortfolios (evidence of teaching practicals)

Lecturer Frances Wessels [BEd Foundation Phase, FPL 301] contacted the CIECT team to assist with the design and development of an Assessment. Her 3rd year students were expected to develop ePortfolios throughout the year; and present completed ePortfolios (October 2019).

Third year students (prospective Educators) developed ePortfolios, since 1st year level (2017). The ePortfolio includes evidence of:

  • Teaching practicals and observations within the field (specific schools);
  • Lesson plans and related activities;
  • Images reflective of class activities;
  • Other digital media components;
  • Signed consent forms;
  • Self-reflective exercises;
  • Teaching Philosophy;
  • Professional Development; and
  • Methodologies

Development of eBooks: During a specific field experience, the students were exposed to technologies which enabled them to create eBooks. Hence prospective Educators, whilst engaged within their classrooms, were able to capture events/topics and collate as an eBook. The eBooks were added to their ePortfolios.

Continuous Support for students: The CIECT team were also available to support the students, especially as they developed and structured their evidence.

Rubric: The lecturer provided a rubric which guided the students; and especially for preparation of the final presentation.

*It should be noted that the ePortfolio supplements the lecturer’s face-to-face classes.

Contact the CIECT Team to design and develop structured and interactive ePortfolios for Assessment Purposes.