Flexible & Multimodal Teaching and Learning Approaches: Staff Orientation Interventions

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has designed and developed various support interventions and online workshops in order for lecturers to make effective use of various innovative communication, content creation, and assessment eTools within iKamva.  Various Multimedia and ICT resources have been developed which can be accessed by lecturers as well. iKamva ispredominantly used by academics in order to design and develop their interactive online environments. Students access the space in order to retrieve and effectively engage with the learning content. The platform is critical as it hosts approximately 26 992 users [1700 users access the LMS per hour].  

Access ‘Self-Help’ Instructional Material [via CIECT’s YouTube Channel]

CIECT has prepared a series of self-help videos (instructional material/screencasts) – to enable academics across disciplines to work remotely. **Staff will be able to access the Institutional Learning Management System (LMS) – from any geographical setting. 

Staff Orientation Interventions                                   Description Available at
iKamva: Technical RequirementsiKamva runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser. Recommended Browsers to access iKamva:●        Google Chrome●        Mozilla Firefox*Please avoid using Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari as there are compatibility issues with the iKamva siteOther Browser Requirements:Adobe FlashJavascript EnabledSkill Requirements:●        Stable Internet Connection●        Microsoft Office OR OpenOffice Suites (Word,Excel, PowerPoint)●        Basic Computer Literacy knowledge (Copying, pasting, attaching/uploading of documents).View screencasts demonstrating how to access and login to iKamva on our CIECT YouTube Channel  https://tinyurl.com/yyav7sbc  
‘How to access the LMS, namely iKamva’:As a staff member you will be required to login to iKamva with your Network ID username and password. Username: Network ID (vmakahula); and Password: as provided by ICS ServicedeskView screencasts demonstrating how to access and login to iKamva on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/268f3r2t
iKamva: NavigationThis unit introduces you to iKamva, the Learning Management System (LMS) used at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and its navigation in order to become familiar with various content, communication and assessment eTools. The various eTools and how to use it are further explained in the instructional videosView screencasts demonstrating how to navigate the iKamva Platform on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/lyk8w4u0
iKamva: Create interactive courseThe tool enables you to create an online module linked to the specific module code as displayed in Student Administration System Integration (SASI). You are able to select the appropriate eTools within the online environment.View screencasts demonstrating how to setup the homepage of the course  on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/19bwn2y4
iKamva: Setup course homepage/overviewThe Overview is the landing page for a course or project site. It is the first information students will see when they access the online environment.Note: lecturers have the option to customise which tool is displayed as the course landing page, so in some cases users may see a different tool upon first entering a site.View screencasts demonstrating how to setup the homepage of the course  on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/5a32jxp4
iKamva: Create calendar eventsLecturers can use the Calendar to post important course events dates related to assessments, tasks, homework and lecture webinars dates.View screencasts demonstrating how to create calendar events on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/4ze2ldnk
iKamva: AnnouncementsAnnouncements tool allows you to post messages to the entire class, to groups, or to specific sections within the class. These messages can be set to show immediately, or to show during specific dates. Email notifications can be sent to alert participants of the Announcement message.View screencasts demonstrating how to create announcements on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yejz5oqx
iKamva: Course ResourcesCourse Resources eTool allows you to structure learning resources (files and folders) such as powerpoint lecture presentations, videos, course outlines, spreadsheets, audio recordings. You can organise these files and links into folders and subfolders making it easier for students to locate and access items. Folders and files in Resources can be moved or reordered within a site or copied from one site to another.View screencasts demonstrating how to upload and structure course resources on our CIECT  YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/vd8hzdtx
iKamva: Discussion ForumsDiscussion Forum eTool allows lecturers to create an unlimited number of forums and related topics.This enables lecturers and students to start conversations and post contributions linked to specific topics. Student contributions can be assigned a point value and graded accordingly. Forums and topics can be released according to specified dates.View screencasts demonstrating how to create discussion forum topics and tasks on our CIECT  YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/i0dz1ekw
iKamva: Tests and QuizzesTests and Quizzes allows lecturers to create online assessments (i.e., tests, exams, quizzes, and surveys) for delivery within the module. These assessments are created question by question, or through already prepared text, and question pools.View screencasts demonstrating how to create tests and quizzes on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/11nbaqoz
iKamva: LessonsLessons eTool allows lecturers to structure and organise resources, activities, and media on a single page. You can have as many Lessons pages in your site as needed. With Lessons, you can organise the course by unit, module, week, topic, or any other grouping that makes sense for the online course environment.View screencasts demonstrating how to create structured lessons on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/4g3d8amr 
iKamva: AssignmentsThe Assignments tool allows lecturers to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Assignments are typically private; student submissions are not visible to other users of the site. Assignments can also be linked to Turnitin in order to generate originality reportsView screencasts demonstrating how to create online assignments on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/ty19czg5 
iKamva: Publish course siteThe ‘Publish’ option allows lecturers to make the online course site available to all students registered for the module. Lecturers can choose to work in draft mode while developing the online course.View screencasts demonstrating how to publish your online course site on our CIECT YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/tqqdx8ht
‘How to use and create Google Hangouts’Instant messaging service with video conferencing; available for computers as well as portable devices.View a screencast on how to use Google Hangouts on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y473zn67
‘How to use Google Drive’Dedicated online storage repository for documents, files and multimedia content. View a screencast on how to use Google drive on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y3wabjfa    
‘How to create a Podcast’Podcasts are sound clips that are recorded, edited and saved as audio files and made available onlineView a screencasts on how to record and edit audio on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y5cfx4jd
‘How to create a Concept Map’Concept maps are tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts or propositions, indicated by a connecting line between two concepts. Words on these lines can be used to specify the nature of the relationships between different concepts.View a screencast on how to create a Concept Map on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y3metogo
‘Basic video editing’Video editing is the process of enhancing raw video footage. Basic techniques applied to video include: Effects, Transitions, Titles and Background music. Video clips created and edited within software are saved in snippets (collected data and findings)View a screencast on how to edit a video on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y2psvswz
‘How to create a Narrated PowerPoint’Lecturers are able to record and add audio to their powerpoint presentations. The narrated presentations can be embedded in your interactive online environment. This enables access to all students and supports different learning styles. Narrated PowerPoints can be saved as a video file which will allow it to play on any mobile device such as Android, IOS etc.View a screencast on how to edit a video on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/3nvdcxsn
ePortfolio design and developmentLecturers are able to design and develop an ePortfolio with related evidence of achievements, future plans and other activities related to teaching-and-learning activities. Lecturers are able to think about their teaching and learning strategies and how ePortfolios can be used for their teaching practice.View a screencast on how to design and develop ePortfolios on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yc7vl24j  

Refer to the attached document to contact CIECT for support.

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