Monthly Archives: April, 2021

Peer-Review: Encourage Constructive Student Feedback [Use of Turnitin Platform]

The CIECT team offers training and support to academics with regards to the ‘Peer-Review tool’, within the Turnitin (Tii platform).


The Peer Review tool allows students to review papers submitted by fellow students, within specific groups.

Set-up Turnitin Class & Assignment

The CIECT team assists the academic to set-up an online class and assignment. The lecturer is able to add students to the class and designate a specific topic/paper to the students.

Set-up ‘Peer-Review eTool’ with specific parameters

The lecturer is able to set-up the environment enabling student review/feedback to be linked to the assignment. Parameters include, a questionnaire, free response, number of papers to be reviewed.

Peer-Review Process

Students are able to submit assignments. Thereafter each student receives an anonymous student paper to be reviewed. Review criteria (provided by the lecturer), includes: grammar, spelling, sentence structure; and relevant content/topic. The feedback is collated within a ‘structured list view’ which makes it easy for the student (peer) to read.

Benefits of Peer-Review

Students are encouraged to engage in constructive feedback. In addition, it is necessary for students across disciplines, preparing within their specific fields to focus on critical aspects of assessment and feedback.

Contact the CIECT team to engage in planning processes (i.e. set-up and hosting the Peer-Review environment within Tii).

Asynchronous Teaching & Producing Multimedia Material: Cognisant of student access, environments and experiences

Students are accessing iKamva from various geographical regions. All students are exposed to different home environments; and experience different technical and connectivity issues. Hence it is important for lectures to continue to teach effectively via asynchronous methods (students access at different times across various regions).

Since the beginning of the National Lockdown many academics have developed multimedia content to support online teaching and learning. Lecturers focus on asynchronous methods and produce pre-recorded lecturers, making use of screencasts, podcasts; narrated PowerPoint presentations; and video recordings. Hence lecturers are able to record their Zoom and Google Meet sessions. These are edited and compressed; and uploaded into iKamva.

NB: Editing and compressing video recordings are important as we have to remain cognisant of large file sizes, and the quality of the recordings. We have to remain cognisant of the different user experiences and challenges. Many students are still challenged by high data charges and large multimedia downloads which rapidly deplete data.

The CIECT team offers Multimedia training sessions on a monthly basis to assist academics to develop their multimedia content in the most efficient way for online delivery. CIECT has also prepared a series of self-help instructional materials (screencasts) which will assist you to create Multimedia resources. You will be able to produce Podcasts, Narrated PowerPoint presentations, Screen recording and Edit video footage.

Workshop Multimedia resources
Basic video editing The basic video editing workshop will enable participants to engage in a ‘show, tell and do’ session where they get to do a basic video edit on their own. During the training the following will be covered: Exploring the video editing interface, Video formats, Adding video and images, Effect, Transitions, Titles, Adding audio, Editing content provided, Auto movie. Software: Basic video editing tutorial:
Concept Mapping Objective: to develop basic concept map utilizing the freely available Cmaptool software. The Concept mapping workshops provide you with a two hour hands-on session covering some basic concept mapping theory as well as a practical component utilizing the OpenSource Conceptmapping tool. The software can be downloaded from the following site for use on your laptop or desktop. The key to developing good concept maps is practice. Software: Concept mapping tutorial:
Screen Recording, Compression & Conversion A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output which results in a video file.  During the training participants will learn how to: record their computer screen and voice over for a screencast. Compress a screencast (video content, video formats) so that it takes up less storage and utilises less bandwidth when placed online. Convert a screencast to different formats best suited for the platform where it is going to be used. Software: Screen recording tutorial:
Multimedia workshop: Teaching tools for the digital age Develop multimodal digital literacy through Storytelling. All communication is multimodal in nature, whether face-to face, aural, text or images and it is during trans-modal moments that shifts in our understanding takes place. Tools that we use have certain affordances in trans-modal movement and digital storytelling provides us with the opportunity to move between modes in a meaningful way enabling us to develop vital digital literacy skills. This workshop should enable you to edit images, create audio (narration) tracks, compile your media into a video and upload to an online platform. Furthermore, you will be exposed to a variety of tools and will be able to develop your materials using the device and software of your choosing.  
Mobile Editing The aim of the workshop is to frequent participants with the basics of editing on using your mobile phone. We will do an overview of available software and explore some of the pro’s and cons of mobile editing. The workshop will look at some practical hints and basic requirements to recording with your smartphone and look at DU recorder and Vlogit as the software of choice for editing a basic video. Importing video, audio and images and titles into a project as well as the export of video to various formats for hosting and sharing. Mobile editing tutorials:
Audio-editing Audio editing to create podcasts can play an important role in creating data-lite content for easy access for students where visual content may not be necessitated. Audacity is a widely used opensource application used to create or editing podcasts in a wide range of fields and can be put to good use as a form of evidence-based assignments.Software: Audio editing tutorial:

                                                                                                                  Training for April 2021

Wednesday 7 AprilBasic video editing (9am – 11:30) Concept mapping (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 14 AprilScreen recording, Conversion & Compression (9: 30 am -11:30) Mobile editing (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 21 AprilConcept mapping (2pm – 4pm) 
Wednesday 29 AprilMultimedia teaching tools for the Digital age day 1 (9am – 1pm) 
Wednesday 30 AprilMultimedia teaching tools for the Digital age day 2 (9am – 1pm) 

Book to reserve via the HR iEnabler system (Type the name of the workshop when searching for workshop details). 

Bookings and cancellations should ideally be communicated at least 3 days before the workshop.