The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) provides Multimedia Content Production Workshops to staff [academics, non-academics & students (requests from departments)].
|Staff who have requested training (Jan – December 2020)||Staff who have requested training (Jan – May 2021)|
The numbers above are indicative of the need for digital skills and literacies across the campus community. *Weekly scheduled staff workshops and individual training sessions are conducted via Google Meet/Hangouts.
Digital Skills ≠ Digital Literacies
Even though staff and students are tech-savvy and know their way around social media platforms, they might lack the knowledge of how to use multimedia tools to benefit and aid their learning, teaching and administrative goals.
|Digital Skills||Digital Multimedia Literacies|
|Access and navigate the editing application||Become familiar with a video editing software interface, add video and images to a timeline, apply effects, apply transitions, Create titles and add audio to video footage [Post production of video content]|
|Access and become familiar with recording applications||Record computer screen and voice over do demonstrate the use of various applications. Convert video content to different formats best suited for the platform where it is going to be used. Compress video content to reduce file size and utilise less bandwidth when placed online. [Screen Recording, Conversion and Compression of video content]|
|Access and design a concept map||Design and develop a concept map, visually representing a specific discipline, lecture, presentation, tutorial and workshop. It can further be integrated with the Cmap tool into an online environment to structure objectives, content and assessment tasks. [Concept Mapping]|
|Access and become familiar with various multimedia tools||Design and develop a digital story by combining various multimedia processes (audio, video and editing processes).Embed multimedia content into various online environments, including iKamva and YouTube [Multimedia teaching tools for the Digital Age Workshop]|
Please contact the CIECT Team for any requests related to digital literacy workshops.
The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has designed and developed various online student orientation interventions to assist with the familiarisation and easy navigation for First-year students and novice users. Some of the exciting features of studying at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is that lecturers and tutors make use of blended teaching and learning approaches. That means that course content is made available using both online and face-to-face delivery methods and students are able to communicate and complete assessments, and exams online, from any location. Various Multimedia and ICT resources have been developed which students can access. One of the modes in which content is delivered utilises the institution’s Learning Management System (LMS), known as iKamva. An LMS is a website/platform through which to access course materials, made available by lecturers. It can be accessed via computer, tablet and mobile phone via a normal browser OR make use of the Android Mobile Application.
Our team at the Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) assists with all LMS queries. In addition, CIECT also focuses on specific niche areas which include ICTs and Multimedia support which will be required as a student’s journey through their university career.
|Student Online Interventions||Description|
|Student Online Course: iKamva familiarisation||A General Orientation module (ORI 001) has been developed within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva. The orientation module has been designed and is a self-directed module with clear and simplified instructions. This module is structured with units representing content including: screen recordings, detailed navigation instructions, instructional guides and ‘how-to’ videos and technical requirements in order to familiarise yourself with navigation within a fully online module.Students will be able to practice specific activities within this Orientation module by submitting an Assignment, engage in an online quiz, download Course Resources and engage in a Discussion Forum. This module is a public course for all students to join and orientate yourself regarding the familiarisation and navigation of the online environment.||The module can be viewed by clicking on this link:|
|‘How to access the LMS, namely iKamva’:Student Login||As a student you will be required to login to iKamva with your username and password: Username: student number (411234); and Password: ID (13 digits) or DOB (yyyymmdd).||View screencasts demonstrating how to access and login to iKamva on our CIECT YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/y9osr4aq|
|iKamva: Student Navigation||This 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 videos||View screencasts demonstrating how to navigate the iKamva Platform on our CIECT YouTube Channel|
|iKamva: Announcements||The Announcements allows the lecturer to share course related messages to the entire class. As a student you will see the Announcement messages displayed in the course. This can also be viewed via your student email.||View screencasts demonstrating how to view Announcements on our CIECT YouTube Channelhttps://tinyurl.com/y5yscetb|
|iKamva: Discussion Forums||The Discussion forum enables you to view and reflect on specific discussion topics which your lecturer has created. You are able to discuss, debate and post replies within a certain time-frame related to a topic from any geographical location||View screencasts demonstrating how to engage in the Discussion Forum on our CIECT YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/y42yxthf|
|iKamva: Course Resources||This eTool allows you to view the structured learning resources (files and folders) such as powerpoint lecture presentations, videos, course outlines, spreadsheets, audio recordings. This can be downloaded and saved to your electronic device for review||View screencasts demonstrating how to access, view and download Course Resources on our CIECT YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/y3vdlrpc|
|iKamva: Tests and Quizzes||Lecturers will create online assessments (i.e., tests, exams, quizzes, and surveys) for delivery within the module. This will enable you to view and complete the online tests during a specific time-frame.||View screencasts demonstrating how to engage in Tests and Quizzes on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y4phxzjh|
|iKamva: Lessons||Lessons is a tool that allows lecturers to organise learning resources, activities, and media on a single page which you are able to view and engage with. As a student you will be able to view||View screencasts demonstrating how to access and view the Course Lessons on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yxz3jhfs|
|iKamva: Upload and Submit Assignments||The assignment eTool allows you to view and submit assignments, papers and projects electronically to your facilitator. Assignments can be assessed in different areas of the module. Your lecturer may provide a link to assignments on the module menu or a content area. Your student submissions are private and not visible to other student users within the module.||View screencasts demonstrating the use how to submit Assignment on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y2omxcsc|
‘How to use Gmail’
Gmail or Google mail is a free web based email client launched by Google which integrates into various cloud based online tools. Logging into your Gmail account automatically gives you access to Google’s cloud computing services. This allows you to make us
View screencasts demonstrating the use of various Gmail features on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yy8md6nr
|‘How to create a Google Sheet’||Google Sheet provides you with enhanced tools that will assist you in creating professional looking spreadsheets. The software will allow you to use most of the traditional Excel functions.||View a screencast on how to use Google Sheet on our CIECT YouTube Channel: |
|‘How to use and create Google Docs’||Google Docs provides you with enhanced tools that will assist you in creating professional looking documents. The software will allow you to insert graphics and text to enhance your completed documents.||View a screencast on how to use Google Docs on our CIECT YouTube Channel: |
|‘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: |
|‘How to create a Podcast’||Podcasts are sound clips that are recorded, edited and saved as audio files and made available online||View 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: |
|‘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:|
*Notes: The Learning Management System, iKamva is zero-rated (which means you can access it by using limited to no data (depending on your Service Provider). It should be noted, Google Applications are free web based applications released by Google which integrate into various cloud based systems. Logging into your Gmail account automatically gives you access to Google’s cloud computing services. This allows users to make use of many services, which are freely available within the Google Cloud based system.
The CIECT team endeavours to make use of Open Source applications for the training of Multimedia content to ensure all students can access these tools.
The student should ensure that he/she should be equipped with:
- Smart phone
- Data or WIFI
Note: Communication was shared with campus community staff and students during early 2021.
The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) provides Digital Literacy Workshops to staff (academics, non-academics & post-graduate students across faculties and departments at UWC).
|Staff & Post-Grad students who have requested training (Jan – December 2020)||Staff & Post-Grad students who have requested training (Jan – April 2021)|
The numbers above are indicative of the need for digital skills and literacies across the campus community. *Weekly scheduled staff workshops and individual training sessions have increased; and are conducted via Google Meet/Hangouts.
Digital Skills ≠ Digital Literacies
Even though staff and students are tech-savvy and know their way around social media platforms, they might lack the knowledge of how to use digital tools to benefit and aid their learning, teaching and administrative goals.
|Digital Skills||Digital Literacies|
|Access and navigate and the Marks Administration System (MAS)||Set-up assessment schedules; capture, verify and publish marks. In addition, the ability to extract reports and class lists.|
|Access and navigate the Turnitin – Anti-Plagiarism platform||Set-up online class, add students; submit papers; generate similarity index reports. In addition, use the report to provide relevant feedback to students.|
|Access and navigate UWC Systems (iEnabler and UWC leave System)||Apply for leave on the VisionX Leave system and book for training sessions using the iEnabler platforms.|
|Enter and manipulate text using Microsoft Word||Create documents, capture meeting minutes, complete administrative tasks. In addition, skills acquired enhances the teaching and learning experience.|
|Create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint||Set up and configure automated presentations using digital content (text, audio, video and images, etc.).|
|Set up a Workbook using Microsoft Excel||Capture data on a spreadsheet; generate graphs based on captured data/content; manipulate formulas.|
|Create PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Suite||Edit and convert PDF documents; combine multiple PDFs; lock and sign PDF files to share amongst colleagues.|
|Introduction to the basics of using a Computer or laptop||Use computer hardware and software to navigate the Microsoft user interface for administrative purposes.|
|Create a Vodcast||Create digital media content, comprising of audio and video which is hosted online.|
|Manipulate audio in Audacity||Record sound clips; edit existing or newly recorded audio, as well as Podcasts.|
|Capture and edit text online with Google Docs||Create documents, capture meeting minutes, complete administrative tasks. In addition, sharing and collaborating with colleagues on one document.|
|Manage files and folders online using Google drive||Access and navigate; collate documents within folders; manage, share and collaborate with colleagues.|
|Meet online using Google Hangouts/Meet||Set-up scheduled meetings; configure audio and video settings; use the features of Google Hangouts to host meetings, classes and training sessions.|
|Diarise your week using Google Calendar||Schedule meetings, deadlines, Hangout sessions and online teaching events within your Google Calendar|
Please contact the CIECT Team for any requests related to digital literacy workshops.
The CIECT team has collaborated with the EON- Reality team to offer practical/hands-on, interactive sessions. The workshops will be scaffolded (May- November 2021) whereby the participant will be able to create lessons, making use of 3D assets/objects. The workshops should enable participants to:
- Navigate and manage the EON-XR Platform
- Experience existing 3D and 360 lessons
- Create lessons using 3D assets/objects
- Apply basic teaching and learning pedagogical models with EON-XR
- Embed the 3D teaching resource within iKamva (structured online environment)
Participants should bring along the following:
- A working laptop with Windows 10 installed, OR A Macbook with updated OS
- Android OR iPhone device (Tablets can also be used)
Pre-install the application on devices by accessing the link below:https://eonreality.com/platform/
How to install the software
View the following installation videos:
These Live/Synchronous Sessions will be hosted via Google Hangouts
Programme: Online Workshops [May- November 2021]
|Access & NavigateEON-XR Platform Portal||Access and navigate online environmentEngage with structured learning content||26 May|
|Experience a EON-XR lesson||View a specific lessonEngage in learning activities|
|Create and assign EON-XR lessons making use of the 3D assets/objects||Create EON-XR Lesson Add text to speech snippets||30 June|
|Presentation of 3D lessons and Review by facilitator||Participants present lessonsTips and suggestions by facilitatorDiscus Platform challenges|
|Create and assign EON-XR lessons making use of the 3D assets/objects||Assign task itemsSave and publish 3D lessons||29 July|
|Embed the 3D teaching resource within the ‘lessons tool’(iKamva).||Access online environmentEmbed interactive 3D resource within Lessons|
|Adding EON-XR tool to iKamva||Browse iKamva Site SettingsLocate the eToolAdd to online environment (iKamva)||26 August|
|Navigate a 360 lesson||Explore difference between 360 and 3D LessonDiscuss scenarios how 360 and 3D lessons could be used Participant create a 360 lesson during and after session|
|Presentation of 360 lesson and Review by facilitator||Participants present lessonsTips and suggestions by facilitatorDiscus Platform challenges Demonstrate existing 360 lessons from other institutes||15 September|
|Create a Playlist on EON-XR Platform and monitor student progress||Locate playlist creation functionCreate multiple playlistsShare playlists Sourcing 3D content onlineSource and create new 3D lessons||28 October|
|Sourcing 360 Content and request custom content from Computer Science Department||Free website to download 360 imagesHow to host a live lesson presentation joined by studentPGDiP eSkills Computer Science students showcase projectProcess to source custom content from PGDiP studentsPresentation by UWC Lecturers||25 November|
Contact CIECT to book for these workshops. Send an email request to: email@example.com
Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme: 1st Year & Senior Students
In this 21st Century, CIECT focuses on aDigital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme, where on the one hand staff and students are able to easily navigate and interact within online platforms; and on the other hand, many students still require basic computer literacy skills. Thus, CIECT delivers the DAL Programme to novice users (1st year students), as well as advanced users (senior students/ other year levels).
DAL Integration into Accredited Modules [Faculty Collaboration]
The CIECT Team collaborates with the Faculty to identify student needs. The DAL Programme is integrated into accredited modules across various faculties including EMS, Education, CHS, Dentistry, Law, Arts and Science. The DAL Programme entails the following basic literacy packages; and eTools training (familiarisation of the institutional Learning Management System/ iKamva).
|Introduction to Computers||Computer basics|
|Word processing & Text Editing||Ms Word|
|Spreadsheets Creation & Data Analysis||Ms Excel|
|Multimedia Presentation/Graphics||Ms PowerPoint|
|eTools||iKamva (Learning Management System)|
Multimodal Approach: Facilitation of large-scale basic literacy programme during national lockdown [3660 students]
Due to the national lockdown, 55 classes per week were delivered via a multimodal approach:
§ Google Hangouts & Big Blue Button (BBB): ‘Live’/synchronous classes
§ iKamva (LMS): Various eTools used, such as Announcements, Course Resources, Test & Quizzes, Assignments, Discussion Forum, and Lessons Tool
§ Skills Assessment Manager (SAM): An online platform, which hosts an interactive environment, including simulations, instructional videos and a self-assessment interface. Students are able to view instructional videos on how to complete tasks. Thereafter, students are able to practice skills, before completing an online assessment.
Students are expected to engage in the DAL Assessments. These were made available via iKamva. *Some students did not participate, especially during the first semester due data and devices challenges. A total number of 363 (10.8%) students did not participate and were deferred. They participated in the catch-up Programme (December 2020 and January 2021).
DAL Programme 2021: Service Level Agreements with Faculties
The DAL Programme is offered over a semester to participating Faculties. Departments engage with CIECT to design customised lessons. Extensive planning and collaboration with departments, includes:
§ The CIECT team conducts formal meetings with specific departments, to discuss the scope of the delivery of the Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme. The meetings entail aspects related to departmental specific needs; Programme outline and the agreement of the delivery of specific packages.
§ CIECT and the department develops and signs Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
§ The CIECT team recruits senior students as Tutors (co-facilitators) to assist with the DAL programme via work-study programme.
The table depicts departments who have signed SLAs for 2021. The list includes one new department, namely Sociology (SOC 151).
|Faculty||Depts./Modules||Number of students[May 2021]|
|Arts||CST100 and LIB121||337|
|CHS||CCL111 and CCL121||521|
|Dentistry||BDS and BOH||111|
|EMS||ALC131, ALB131, FIA242||1093|
|Law||BSL100 and 101||570|
|Science||PHA116, PHY111 and Phy152||353|
The CIECT team collaborates with departments (in advance) – to prepare for the upcoming academic year.
NB: CIECT welcomes collaboration for Semester 2 [i.e. additional departments] – if we are going to remain online for 2021.
NB: CIECT is not able to accommodate any new department for the current academic year 2021[i.e. if we are going to deliver face-to-face in the new semester]. Planning involves collaboration with the ICS Department for Labs/Venues.
Contact the Manager: DAL to plan and customise, in advance for Semester 2 (2021); and 2022. Mr Fundile Nkunge at firstname.lastname@example.org; X3147