Monthly Archives: June, 2021

447 Tutors engage in Online ‘eTools Kit for Tutors’ Workshops 2021

CIECT has designed and developed an Online Tutor Workshop, namely: ‘An eTools Kit for Tutors’. It forms part of the broader institutional Tutoring Programme (for students employed as Tutors). During the first term of 2021, CIECT conducted a series of workshops focusing on the familiarisation, navigation and facilitation within the Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva.

A number of 447 Tutors engaged in the workshops and subsequent to the training sessions, gained access to an online environment in order to set up specific student groups for teaching-and-learning practices. The workshops familiarised Tutors with the following processes and activities:

§  Create specific student groups and export of student group rosters;

§  Communicate(Announcement eTool) with dedicated student groups;

§  Structure and share learning material;

§  Create consultation and meeting sessions;

§  Create Tests & Quizzes;

§  Create Discussion Forums and Topics; and

§  Create Assignments

Tutor Feedback

Tutors were asked to evaluate the workshops by sharing authentic and anonymous feedback (impact and effectiveness). Here follows some comments:

§  “It was very helpful in teaching me ways in which i can communicate with students on ikamva”

§  This is my 3rd year tutoring and I never thought of using ikamva as a platform the way the presenter did used it”

§  “The workshop provided an in-depth explanation on what is expected from my role as a tutor. I hope to use the knowledge gained to the best of my ability.”

§  “As I did not know how to use Ikamva as a platform for tutors to work from. It will assist me with marking process etc but I still need to make time to better my skills in working on Ikamva but it’s been useful session in learning.”

The CIECT team encourages Departments to contact us at – in order to arrange workshops for Faculty Tutors.

4011 students engage in the Digital Academic Literacy Programme: Semester 1 – online delivery and facilitation

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 ComputersComputer basics
Word processing & Text EditingMs Word
Spreadsheets Creation & Data AnalysisMs Excel
Multimedia Presentation/GraphicsMs PowerPoint
eToolsiKamva (Learning Management System)

Multimodal Approach: Facilitation of large-scale basic literacy programme during national lockdown [4011 students]

Due to the national lockdown, 55 classes per week were delivered via a multimodal approach:

§  Google Hangouts ‘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.

Continuous Assessments & Participation

Students are expected to engage in the DAL Assessments. These were made available via iKamva. *Some students did not participate during this first semester due to data and device challenges. A total number of 244 (6.08%) students did not participate (online classes, activities, and assessments).

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 the number of students trained in Semester 1 in 2021. The list includes one new department, namely Sociology (SOC 151).

FacultyDepts./ModulesNumber of students[May 2021]
ArtsCST100 and LIB121333
CHSCCL111 and CCL121390
DentistryBDS and BOH111
EMSALC131, ALB131, FIA2421360
LawBSL100 and 101581
ArtsSOC 151611

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; X3147 

Transform Venues into Hybrid Teaching Spaces: Use of Document Cameras/Visualizers

The CIECT Team (AVS) is in the process of installing Document Cameras/Visualizers in venues across the University of the Western Cape (lecture halls and some pre-fab classrooms).

Display, annotate and stream content

Teaching venues across the campus will be fitted with Document Cameras/Visualizers, which facilitates hybrid/blended teaching. The visualizer is used to display enlarged versions of real-world objects to an audience through a projector; annotate on live projections making use of specialized software; and stream live sessions to students at ‘home’.

Visualizer: Stream via Conferencing Platforms [Zoom & Google Meet]

The Document Camera/Visualizer has to be coupled with video conferencing platforms (Google Meet & Zoom), in order for a lecturer to stream.  The visualizer entails a web camera with high image resolution, in comparison to the conventional webcam. In addition, the visualizers are fitted with LED light sources to provide clearer image quality. The lecturers can film themselves, interact with students present in the classroom; and connect remotely with students at ‘home’. The entire session can be recorded and saved on a memory stick; or through the conferencing platform.


Use of visualizer across disciplines

The visualizer has the ability to project real world objects. Lecturers across disciplines can display content and annotate on slides (presentations). The lecturer is also able to annotate on ‘live session’.

Student Engagement

The visualizer is equipped with a flexible and joint-free gooseneck, and moves easily in different positions and a 360° viewing angle. The camera can be pointed toward the lecturer for teaching; or towards the students so that students in the classroom can interact with those online.

Requirements for effective streaming

  Functional Visualizer

  Stable internet connection

  Laptop; or PC (workstation in the venue)


  The CIECT team will be offering training to lecturers. Communication regarding the sessions will follow soon.

  **The student only has to log-into the class via Zoom or Google Meet. The lecturer is responsible for setting-up the session.
Contact the CIECT team.Clint Braaf:
Eugene Alfred: