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Dentistry – Online Interactive Module Guide: Effective use of the ‘Lessons’ eTool

Dentistry lecturer Shoayeb Shaik developed an interactive module guide for his 4th year Dentistry students. The interactive guide was firstly developed paper-based by the lecturer, followed by an online process.  The CIECT team advised the lecturer regarding use of Instructional Design principles and the effective use of the ‘Lessons’ eTool, in order to design a structured online module guide.

The guide enables the student to work through specific units of work (content); and a related poll. Hence the student is expected to complete a poll, prior to moving to a new section/topic.

The online interactive module guide includes:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Learning content
  • Assessment [theoretical and clinical]
  • Rubric aligned to the assessment tasks
  • Homework
  • Tutorials
  • Multimedia components (video, lecture slides)
  • Polls

It should be noted that conditional access was granted to some of the learning material and upon completion of specific activities, more learning activities were released to the students. This scaffolded approach enables students to become familiar with specific layers of content and learning activities as they develop through a state of the ‘unknown’ to ‘known’.

Contact the CIECT Instructional Design team to design and develop interactive online Lessons.

Lecturers make use of ‘Lessons’ eTool to structure interactive online environments

The CIECT team offers Instructional Design Workshops which enables lecturers to design and develop structured interactive online environments. It is important to structure content into manageable units of work. Thus the team works closely with the subject-matter expert to design and develop interactive lessons/themes/topics/chapter within the ‘Lessons’ eTool within the institutional Learning Management System- iKamva.

The ‘Lessons’ eTool allows lecturers to organise resources, learning activities, and multi-media components. Lecturers are able to design and structure the course by units, themes, topics, module and week according to the subject-matter. Each Lesson page can be customised to suit the needs of the lesson, including links to other web resources and eTools. Furthermore, the content can be scaffolded and released based on the milestones achieved. Hence, iKamva caters for conditional release of learning content. The ‘Lessons’ eTool enables lecturers to:

  • Showcase learning outcomes and expectations
  • Develop clear guidelines formulated through a checklist
  • Focus on key concepts structured into manageable chunks of information
  • Embed digital learning content within the specific lessons

Lecturers across Faculties make use of the ‘Lessons’ eTool. See example of structured online modules below