EMS Faculty: Blended Learning Arrangements [planning & design prior and during Covid-19 pandemic/national lockdown]
A number of 266 online environments have been created for the 2020 academic year. Lecturers across the various departments within the EMS Faculty engaged in blended activities to supplement their learning-and-teaching. The iKamva platform was used to conduct online lectures and tutorials.
Scaffolded Lessons (slides, readings and multimedia resources) aligned to outcomes & weekly checklists
Lesson topics were scaffolded into sections related to specific learning content, chapters and themes accordingly. Learning outcomes were provided at the start of each section, in order for students to familiarise themselves with the required objectives. This was supplemented with a checklist which students could use to monitor their progress for the activities in each section. Multimedia resources such as YouTube Videos, reading material, and lecture slides, were embedded within each section.
Structured Course Resources
A lecturer within the Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) which focuses on the discipline of Financial Management and Business Analysis has structured specific learning materials using the ‘Course Resources tool’ effectively. These structured resources included: recorded video lectures, audio- recordings, lecture presentations and feedback to specific tutorial tasks.
Assessments aligned to weekly topics & activities
Both formative and summative assessments were structured within the Tests and Quizzes as well as the Assignments eTools within iKamva. Students are therefore allowed to submit their work remotely and enable immediate tracking of non-submissions. Major assignments were checked for originality using iKamva’s Turnitin integration. Weekly assignments were set up for student submission and constructive feedback was provided. Lecturers have created weekly tests and quiz assessment activities within their respective modules for their students (part-time blended approach and fully online students). The specific tests were aligned to the learning content that they engaged in for the specific week.
Creation of Question Pools for Formative and Summative Assessment
An Industrial Psychology module was structured according to weekly lessons and topics related to the learning content. Once students navigated the learning content they were expected to complete formative assessments to test their learning and competence. The specific semester test was structured in two parts which allowed the two student groups to work with two different data sets. The lecturer also created question pools and sub-pools, which were set up in advance and imported into the relevant assessment. Students were allowed to view the memo only after the tests were completed, in order to identify gaps in knowledge and review accordingly.
Contact CIECT to assist with the development of your interactive online environment.
Training Workshops [March – Nov 2021]: Create lessons making use of the 3D assets/objects (EON-XR Platform) & embed within iKamva
The CIECT team has collaborated with the EON- Reality team to offer hands-on interactive sessions to create structured Augmented Virtual Reality (AVR) lessons, making use of 3D assets/objects within the EON-XR Platform.
The training workshops should enable participants to:
· Navigate and manage the Creator AVR and EON-XR Platform
· Experience a Creator AVR lesson
· Create and assign Creator AVR lessons making use of the 3D assets/objects
· Apply basic teaching and learning pedagogical models with Creator AVR
· Embed the 3D teaching resource within the ‘lessons tool/content pages’ (iKamva).
The Training Programme/Session will entail the following:
|Access & Navigate Creator EON-XR Platform Portal||§ Access and navigate online environment§ Engage with structured learning content|
|Experience a Creator EON-XR lesson||§ View a specific lesson§ Engage 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§ Assign task items§ Save and publish lesson|
|Embed the 3D teaching resource within the ‘lessons tool’ (iKamva).||§ Access online environment§ Embed interactive 3D resource within Lessons|
Training Workshop Dates & Links (via Google Meet/ Hangouts)
Please join the hands-on interactive sessions to familiarise yourself with the EON-XR Platform from March – November 2021. These Live/Synchronous Sessions will be hosted via Google Hangouts.
|Thursday, 25 March 09:00-12:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/zbf-zjhh-cfp|
|Wednesday, 28 April 10:00-13:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/cuf-pjvh-grw|
|Wednesday, 26 May13:30-16:30||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/goj-eqhu-yea|
|Wednesday, 30 June09:00-12:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/ioq-fedr-bpc|
|Thursday, 29 July10:00-13:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/uvv-ceqf-bgo|
|Thursday, 26August09:00-12:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/nku-iuyy-bjt|
|Wednesday, 15 September13:30-16:30||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/cek-drix-bqo|
|Thursday, 28 October10:00-13:00||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/hpf-ztwa-ogi|
|Thursday, 25 November13:30-16:30||Click on link to join https://meet.google.com/zno-rwyu-wpt|
Contact the CIECT team to book for the AVR Workshops.
Integration of AR/VR Library within iKamva: Easy access to created resources & upcoming training (creation of lessons using 3D objects)
The EON-XR Library has successfully been integrated into the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva via LTI integration.
Benefits of integrating EON-XR within iKamva (teaching, learning & assessment)
Lecturers are able to structure lessons/units of work within iKamva; and embed a specific Augmented Virtual Reality Resource/s (AVR). You will be able to link the resource from your lessons page/tool. The AVR resource will open in a new window (opens EON site), allowing the student to view the resource. Hence, the resource is aligned to a specific lesson and activities.
Instructions & Pre-requisites: How will a student view the AVR resource within iKamva?
It is important that your students download the EON-XR Application in order to view the resources within iKamva.
The student will be requested to download application (a pop-up message will appear within iKamva and include the specific application link)
Thereafter the student will be able to view the resource within the application
Hence the student does not leave the online classroom (specific lesson within iKamva). Rather, opening an application in order to view; and easily return to the lesson page.
*Augmented and Virtual Reality education enable students to actively engage with immersive interactive 3D objects.
Access to the EON-XR Library via iKamva
The educational technology, “Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)” integration will allow any iKamva user to access the EON-XR platform and content through a Single Sign-On (SSO) method. This enables lecturers and students to access the interactive module content from their online environment within iKamva.
EON-XR User Roles (within iKamva)
Your role within iKamva will not change (i.e. lecturer, student, project owner, and tutor).
You will be able to view the Library resources, making use of your current role.
**How user roles are assigned within iKamva? The Student role is automatically assigned to all students within the course roster. All other roles are set-up within the iKamva site creation process.
Watch this space: Training sessions on how to create lessons making use of the 3D assets/objects within the Library
The Library entails many 3D assets/objects (currently 1538 assets).
You will be able create a lesson and make use of the assets accordingly (discipline specific). This teaching resource can be embedded within the ‘lessons tool’, within iKamva.
The CIECT team will be marketing upcoming training sessions.
Lecturers in the CHS Faculty have created a total number of 330 online environments within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva – during the 2020 academic year. Lecturers within the CHS Faculty have made use of various eTools, which includes Google Applications and iKamva (communication and assessments).
Interactive Communication: Discussion Topics, Supervision,
The communication eTools used include Announcements, to keep students updated on administrative and content related tasks and activities. The Discussion Forum was used as a communication tool for group engagement, supervision activities, and overall class discussions. Lecturers used the BigBlueButton (Meetings eTool) to facilitate lectures and discussions with students, sharing resources and bringing together speakers on different topics.
Lessons aligned to Clinical Practicals
Online lessons were designed and aligned to module topics; and specific Clinical Practical outcomes & broad module outcomes.
Formative and summative assessments: Online Community block teaching module
Various assessments, specifically class and group assignments were structured online for student submissions.The Tests & Quizzes eTool has been used across disciplines for formative, as well as summative assessments. A community block teaching module was structured to allow for students who were unable to physically access their communities for fieldwork purposes. The lecturers used the ‘Community Process’ document as a guideline for students regarding processes to follow in the communities. However, the assessment of learning was based on a selection of essay topics, rather than the traditional case study. The students submitted their reflective tasks to the Assignment eTool, which was also linked to Turnitin (anti-plagiarism platform).
e-IPE World Café Success Story: Collaborative online interactive session via iKamva (UWC & Stellenbosch University students)
The Interprofessional Education Unit (IPEU) hosted the first e-IPE World Café on 8 May 2020 via iKamva. As a result of the lockdown due to Covid-19, this event called for creative intervention to ensure that no student was disadvantaged due to a lack of data. UWC and Stellenbosch University students from Dietetics and Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Natural Medicine, Biokinetics and Medicine engaged in a 2-hour session via iKamva. eTools used included that of the chat room to engage in real-time; use of lessons tool to guide students through activities; embedding and sharing of presentations and other resources; discussion forums for group engagement amongst peers and facilitators; and assignments.
Interdisciplinary Research Module
Lecturers within the CHS Faculty set up their online environment for the Interdisciplinary Research module which was offered over a period of two weeks with other lecturers across the CHS faculty. Topics were presented to students over 8 lectures including aspects of research methodology, approaches and ethics. Students engaged in their various disciplinary groups. At the end of this block teaching period, the students submitted assignments as individual groups, and also engaged in peer evaluation.
Law Faculty: Blended Learning Arrangements [planning, design, development prior to Covid-19 pandemic/national lockdown]
Law Faculty lecturers across departments created a total number of 95 blended learning environments for the academic year, 2020. Lecturers in collaboration with the CIECT team have made use of various content, communication, and assessment eTools within the iKamva platform. These include structured weekly learning materials, readings, PowerPoint lectures and multimedia. Communication tools include the use of announcements to post notices and discussion forum topics. The lecturers share course resources, structured lessons; and set-up online tests.
Scaffolding, alignment and self-directed learning activities
Lecturers across the Faculty have also designed interactive online environments which included the scaffolding of structured learning content, assessment activities and podcasts for review of lecture concepts, themes, and readings. This has been structured making use of the ‘Lessons eTool’. Students are able to navigate the content, track their progress and complete activities for reinforcement and self-directed learning.
Tests and Quizzes: Randomised question pools, revision & reinforcement purposes
The Tests & Quizzes tool – has been used for formative assessment activities. Formative tests were created and random questions were drawn in from different question pools for each student, to ensure the integrity of the assessment. Tests, as well as weekly quizzes, were linked to the specific learning content and outcomes.
Audio-recordings (podcasts) aligned to lesson themes
Some lecturers have also included Podcastswithin their blended learning environments. These audio-recordings expanded on discipline-specific topics and aimed to further reinforce students’ understanding of course content. These recordings were structured in different parts according to specific lesson themes and distributed within the ‘Course Resources’ eTool in iKamva.
Live- lecture recordings (Hangouts/Meetings)
Lecturers have also made extensive use of the ‘Meetings’ tool to conduct live lectures for their students. These recorded online lectures were available for students to view in order to reinforce learning. Students were also able to review the recorded lectures in preparation for the exams.
NB: It should be noted that lecturers have collaborated with the CIECT team to design and develop their interactive blended environments, prior to the national lockdown (Covid-19 pandemic).
CIECT has designed and developed an online tutor workshop, namely: ‘An eTools Kit for Tutors’ The online workshop will focus on familiarising prospective and current tutors within the Learning Management System (LMS) iKamva. The tutors engaged in the workshop will gain access to an online environment and setup specific student groups for teaching-and-learning practices.
See Tutor programme and online training date (sessions links) below:
|Access & Navigate iKamva Platform||Access and navigate online environmentEngage with structured learning content||10 min|
|Create and manage tutorial groups||Create tutorial group (name)Add students to groupExport of student groups||15 min|
|Communicate with dedicated student tutorial groups||Create announcement to tutorial group/ studentsSetup of discussion topicsEngage (respond) to student feedback on topics/forumsSetup of academic eventsCreate consultation sessions||20 min|
|Assessment and Grading||Create Tutorial Assignments (uploadable)Grade assignments online Submit feedback and marks (online)Showcase and discuss Gradebook functionalitiesView student activity within online environmentExport statistics and reports||20 mins|
|Thursday, 25 February 13:00-14:30||Click on link to join session: https://meet.google.com/ram-unyq-omv|
|Monday, 08 March 15:00-16:30||Click on link to join session: https://meet.google.com/zvp-pwbj-ohe|
|Friday, 12 March 10:00-11:30||Click on link to join session: https://meet.google.com/fjj-yuge-gcv|
|Thursday, 18 March 10:00-11:30||Click on link to join session: https://meet.google.com/emz-ntvu-acb|
|Thursday, 25 March 14:00-15:30||Click on link to join session: https://meet.google.com/vvf-piqd-zaw|
Contact the CIECT Team to book an online workshop session for your Tutors.
Welcome to all students, parents, extended families and guardians. 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, making use of both online and face-to-face teaching methodologies. Students are able to engage in content, communicate and complete assessments, and exams online (from any location), by making use of the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), known as iKamva.
Please join the live orientation sessions to familiarise yourself with the Online Learning Platform from 01- 12 March 2021.
Live/Synchronous Demonstration Sessions via Google Hangouts: Familiarisation of the Online Platform (iKamva)
|Monday, 01 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Tuesday, 02 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Wednesday, 03 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Thursday, 04 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Friday, 05 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Monday, 08 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join session:https://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Tuesday, 09 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join sessionhttps://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Wednesday, 10 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join sessionhttps://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Thursday, 11 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join sessionhttps://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
|Friday, 12 March 13:00-13:45||Click on link to join sessionhttps://meet.google.com/wjy-hsyx-kxu|
All sessions will be recorded and shared accordingly with attendees.
This message will be placed on our UWC website for all prospective students and their families.
**It will also be sent to the current UWC students in order for them to refresh their skills.
The Science Faculty has collaborated with the CIECT team to design structured, blended teaching and learning approaches and arrangements during the national lockdown. Lecturers have embedded an array of learning materials, simulations, worksheets, and activities within their online environments to enhance their teaching practice. Lecturers have made use of various teaching applications such as Narrated PowerPoints, Documents, WhatsApp, Google Meet, Zoom, Cmap software, and learning simulations to enhance the student learning experience.
Blended Learning Approaches & Arrangements: Interactive Online Environments
|Content||Relevant content, contextualisation, discipline-specific|
|Integrated pre-lab simulations:||Pre-lecture: pre-lab safety simulations were embedded in online environments to familiarise and prepare students regarding the safety protocols, specific labware, and dress code they need to adhere to work safely within any physical or virtual lab spaceDuring the lecture: The embedded simulations arranged within the structured environments enabled students to interactively engage and practice experiments to weigh out sample solutions and collect material. Through this process, students were able to accurately engage with lab equipment, explore different options and understand the consequences of their choices. Immediate feedback was provided at any stage about specific elements that may be unclear to them. Post-lecture: The interactive simulations were accessible to students throughout the entire duration of the module and they could review and revisit the experiments at any stage to reinforce their learning processes.|
|Integrated ‘Smart’ worksheets||TheSmart worksheets (aligned to the pre-lab simulations) is a collection of customised worksheets preloaded with auto-generated data, which enables students to analyse and complete calculation activities. These worksheets include a broad range of disciplines across bioscience, chemistry, and mathematics.|
|Structured units of work||Lecturers were able to structure units of work for students to actively engage in related content and activities. Lectures were structured according to weeks and lecture topics/themes which included:■ Learning outcomes for each lecture■ Narrated Powerpoints lectures■ Printable PDF notes■ Pre-lecture quizzes setup as polls■ Manageable snippets of learning materials■ Embedding of external resources such as Pearson’s Mastering Visual Anatomy & Physiology* The lecturers were cognisant of file sizes. Hence, the presentations were structured into manageable chunks which students were able to download easily.|
|Online Tutorials||Tutorials were structured with related resources and learning activities.|
|Feedback||Feedback is provided to students via various eTools and modes of delivery. In addition, a downloadable version of the tutorial solutions was shared via iKamva in order to accommodate those students who could not join the live sessions.|
|Checklist||A checklist aligned to weekly activities, guiding students through the content and required tasks were included. This allowed lecturers to monitor student progress and engagement.|
|Assessment Activities||Students were expected to complete a number of assessments using iKamva’s Tests & Quizzes tool. These assessments consisted of theory and practical tests, as well as smaller quizzes to reinforce knowledge of learning content. Structured weekly tutorial exercises and practicals were also created within the ‘Assignments’ eTool. Students were required to submit their Tutorial activities biweekly, after engaging in the online tutorial session.Grades were recorded and released to students via the Gradebook. It should be noted that marks from tools such as Tests & Quizzes, and Assignments are automatically captured within the Gradebook.|
|Engagements with students (discussions)||Weekly online consultation sessions were created for students to engage with the lecturer regarding specific questions related to the tutorial topics they are required to complete. During these sessions, the lecturer guided students through the tutorial questions and shared the model answers with those who were able to join. The discussions were recorded so students could view it after the class to reinforce their learning of the topic.|
Contact CIECT to assist with the design of your interactive blended environments
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|
|‘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 Servicedesk||View screencasts demonstrating how to access and login to iKamva on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/268f3r2t|
|iKamva: 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:https://tinyurl.com/lyk8w4u0|
|iKamva: Create interactive course||The 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/overview||The 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 events||Lecturers 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: Announcements||Announcements 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 Resources||Course 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 Forums||Discussion 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 Quizzes||Tests 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: Lessons||Lessons 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: Assignments||The 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 reports||View screencasts demonstrating how to create online assignments on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/ty19czg5|
|iKamva: Publish course site||The ‘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 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: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 development||Lecturers 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.
‘Test & Quizzes’: Used for Summative & Formative Assessments [Carefully observe settings prior to publishing online]
iKamva consists of various Assessment eTools. NB Please take note of the ‘Test & Quizzes eTool’ (application) – prior to setting up an online exam.
|Tests and Quizzes: Description and Application|
|Inserting Images to TestsWhen adding images to tests, it must be placed into a hidden folder in the course resources with settings to allow it to show contents.|
|Short Answer Essay Question TypesWhen using short answer question types it is important that students type out their response in an offline document editor first and when ready paste in the text box provided online.|
|File Upload Question Types|
It is advised to make use of ‘File Upload’ question types within Tests and Quizzes that provides a student time to type it out on a text editing document; and upload it in the system. The test is still timed and requires students to complete within a specific time-frame.
If a timed test is created, you should allow the student to have sufficient time to access and settle. Hence an extended ‘open and close time’ setting is advised.Do not tick the Autosubmit saved students’ work after the latest date option if a test is timed.
|Auto submit feature on exams/assessments|
Please note that the Autosubmit setting does not save student work before submitting. Students are advised to save their progress as often as possible.
|Settings for assessments and examsAll Tests settings and configurations need to be set before publishing as editing the test settings after it has been published can and will cause unforeseen issues. Avoid modifying the settings of a published assessment while testing is in progress. Instead, wait until the final submission date has passed. Warning: You should ONLY use the “Stop Accepting Now” option if you are sure that students are not currently working on the assessments in progress. Stopping and automatically submitting an active assessment will submit it immediately without warning; the student will not be able to save their work before it submits. Late Submission setting should be (Due Time + Test Duration + 20min. e.g. 12:00 + 1hr 30min + 20min = 13:50)|
|When students engage in online tests:-The ‘Save’ button must be clicked to record each answer|
– Multiple devices should not be used. Using different devices to access iKamva will affect the submission and the recording of the specific assessment. Log out first from one device before logging into another device/browser
-Always use Google Chrome (Version 83); OR Mozilla FireFox (Version 77). Use the latest versions of the Internet Browsers
Contact CIECT to advise and assist you with the setup of your online examinations