Author Archive: CIECT

Google Meet (Hangouts): New Features

Google Meet (Hangouts) is an online communication tool that enables video and audio calls with the option of recording online sessions. Hangouts can be accessed via your Gmail profile, thus logging in to Gmail will grant you access to Hangouts.

Google Meet: Setting up Group Sessions

Group sessions are set up within the user’s calendar events. It is advised to add between 80 to 90 participants per session, even though Google Meet allows up to 100 attendees per session.

New Features

Following is a list of newly added features (recent Google Hangouts user interface update):

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Google Meet: Layout

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Video (Screencast): Showcasing new features

Please click the following link (https://youtu.be/QZc-GwrdBk0) to view how the new features can be effectively used.

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 elearning@uwc.ac.za/ciect@uwc.ac.za – 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).

Functionality/PurposeApplications
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
EducationEDC101483
EMSALC131, ALB131, FIA2421360
LawBSL100 and 101581
SciencePHA116142
ArtsSOC 151611
Total4011

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 fnkunge@uwc.ac.za; 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.

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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)

Train-the-Trainer

  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: cbraaf@uwc.ac.za
Eugene Alfred: ealfred@uwc.ac.za

Digital Multimedia Literacies & Digital Skills

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) 
9184

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 SkillsDigital Multimedia Literacies
Access and navigate the editing applicationBecome 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 applicationsRecord 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 mapDesign 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 toolsDesign 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.

mdt@uwc.ac.za ; cbraaf@uwc.ac.zaaddaniels@uwc.ac.za

CIECT: Student Online Interventions 2021 [Instructional Videos]

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
Available at
Student Online Course: iKamva familiarisationA 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:
https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/portal/site/46867961-d93f-43b6-9ba3-1e604e995c53/page/eb8d4b5f-4579-47a0-a24f-ee431911671c
‘How to access the LMS, namely iKamva’:Student LoginAs 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 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 videos View screencasts demonstrating how to navigate the iKamva Platform on our CIECT YouTube Channel
https://tinyurl.com/y5c5md74
iKamva: AnnouncementsThe 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 ForumsThe 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 locationView screencasts demonstrating how to engage in the Discussion Forum on our CIECT YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/y42yxthf
iKamva: Course ResourcesThis 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 QuizzesLecturers 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: LessonsLessons 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 viewView screencasts demonstrating how to access and view the Course Lessons on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yxz3jhfs
iKamva: Upload and Submit AssignmentsThe 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: 
https://tinyurl.com/y5neqa5h
‘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: 
https://tinyurl.com/y2jga5tj
‘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

*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. 

Pre-requisites 

The student should ensure that he/she should be equipped with:

  • Laptop 
  • Tablet
  • Smart phone
  • Data or WIFI

Note: Communication was shared with campus community staff and students during early 2021.

Digital Skills & Digital Literacies: 1007 staff request training (Jan – April 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) 
17281007

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 SkillsDigital 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 platformSet-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 WordCreate documents, capture meeting minutes, complete administrative tasks. In addition, skills acquired enhances the teaching and learning experience.
Create presentations using Microsoft PowerPointSet up and configure automated presentations using digital content (text, audio, video and images, etc.).
Set up a Workbook using Microsoft ExcelCapture data on a spreadsheet; generate graphs based on captured data/content; manipulate formulas.
Create PDFs using Adobe Acrobat SuiteEdit 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 laptopUse computer hardware and software to navigate the Microsoft user interface for administrative purposes.
Create a VodcastCreate digital media content, comprising of audio and video which is hosted online.
Manipulate audio in AudacityRecord sound clips; edit existing or newly recorded audio, as well as Podcasts.
Capture and edit text online with Google DocsCreate documents, capture meeting minutes, complete administrative tasks. In addition, sharing and collaborating with colleagues on one document.
Manage files and folders online using Google driveAccess and navigate; collate documents within folders; manage, share and collaborate with colleagues.
Meet online using Google Hangouts/MeetSet-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 CalendarSchedule 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.

Kind regards

CIECT Team

Email: ictstafftraining@uwc.ac.za

Create 3D Learning Resources: Interactive Practical Workshops- Mastering EON-XR Platform

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)

Workshop Prerequisites

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]

PhasesDescriptionSession Dates
Access & NavigateEON-XR Platform Portal Access and navigate online environmentEngage with structured learning content26 May
13:30-16:30
https://meet.google.com/goj-eqhu-yea
Experience a EON-XR lessonView 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 snippets30 June
09:00-12:00https://meet.google.com/ioq-fedr-bpc
Presentation of 3D lessons and Review by facilitatorParticipants present lessonsTips and suggestions by facilitatorDiscus Platform challenges 
Create and assign EON-XR lessons making use of the 3D assets/objectsAssign task itemsSave and publish 3D lessons29 July
10:00-13:00https://meet.google.com/uvv-ceqf-bgo
Embed the 3D teaching resource within the ‘lessons tool’(iKamva).Access online environmentEmbed interactive 3D resource within Lessons
Adding EON-XR tool to iKamvaBrowse iKamva Site SettingsLocate the eToolAdd to online environment (iKamva)26 August
09:00-12:00https://meet.google.com/nku-iuyy-bjt
Navigate a 360 lessonExplore 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 facilitatorParticipants present lessonsTips and suggestions by facilitatorDiscus Platform challenges Demonstrate existing 360 lessons from other institutes15 September
13:30-16:30https://meet.google.com/cek-drix-bqo
Create a Playlist on EON-XR Platform and monitor student progressLocate playlist creation functionCreate multiple playlistsShare playlists Sourcing 3D content onlineSource and create new 3D lessons28 October
               10:00-13:00https://meet.google.com/hpf-ztwa-ogi
Sourcing 360 Content and request custom content from Computer Science DepartmentFree 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 Lecturers25 November
13:30-16:30https://meet.google.com/zno-rwyu-wpt

Contact CIECT to book for these workshops. Send an email request to: elearning@uwc.ac.za

Digital Academic Literacy Programme: Online delivery and facilitation during national lockdown

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).

Functionality/PurposeApplications
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 [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.

Continuous Assessments

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).

FacultyDepts./ModulesNumber of students[May 2021]
ArtsCST100 and LIB121337
CHSCCL111 and CCL121521
DentistryBDS and BOH111
EducationEDC101469
EMSALC131, ALB131, FIA2421093
LawBSL100 and 101570
SciencePHA116, PHY111 and Phy152353
ArtsSOC 151601
Total4115

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 fnkunge@uwc.ac.za; X3147 

BLAST: CIECT Reflective Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1 (April 2021)

Click on the link below to read the full journal