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Did you know? iKamva built with mLearning (mobile learning) in mind

At UWC, iKamva (institutional Learning Management System) – is built with mLearning (mobile Learning) in mind. Hence, you are able to engage with learners who are constantly ‘on the go’, over-loaded and over stimulated with the demands of Higher Education.



Educational Psychology lecturer demonstrates the use of emerging technologies to make learning more meaningful

Lecturer, Ronel Koch from the Education Faculty presented at CIECT’s 11th Annual eLearning Colloquium in 2018. Ronel’s presentation focused on the use of various emerging technologies within the classroom for a large number of 1st and 3rd year students. This teaching approach is aligned to the IOP (2016-2020), which highlights the use of technology to make learning more meaningful.  These emerging technologies include the use of:

  • iKamva whereby students are able to access resources and engage in eAssessment activities (MCQ tests and short-answer responses).  Classlists can be      downloaded and the statistic tool showcases students’ activity within the online environment. The Tests & Quizzes are especially popular as students appreciate the immediate results that MCQs provide,

  • Turnitin submissions that provide guidance to students on their academic writing,

  • Google Applications including email and calendar (for appointments) which enables communication and feedback with students. Google drive was used for sharing assessments with assessors.  

  • Kahoot! web application was used to increase interactive class activities.

Furthermore, the 3rd year prospective Teacher Educators (over 200 students) were required to design an ePortfolio as an assessment activity to document the learning activities and competencies; as well as the teaching methods they would use in their classes. The ePortfolios showcased the following:

  • Bio-sketch of student;

  • Showcase activities identifying student learning needs,

  • Understanding learners and their prior knowledge,

  • Creation of lesson plans, exam papers and year-planning.

The lecturer highlighted that this form of assessment forced students to become more proficient in their use of technology and incorporate their own voices in presentations. The student feedback indicated that although they were apprehensive at first, they felt that they had accomplished on a professional level. Furthermore, they were able to apply theoretical knowledge, which allowed them to think deeply about the content and how they present themselves.  One student even recommended the creation of ePortfolios as a method that must be “embedded within the education system”.

View the recorded presentation here:

Please contact CIECT to create your interactive online environments.​

iKamva mLearning (Mobile) Learning is growing – fast!

mLearning is growing worldwide. Online stats shows that almost “48.2% of all web traffic” is accessed via mobile devices (

Students are making use of their mobile devices to access iKamva (Institutional Learning Management System), which allows them to access resources, complete online tests and engage in discussions. These interactions can be conducted from various geographical locations.

This showcases how lecturers are making use of the compatibility features within iKamva. Students are able to engage in MCQ tests during class time making use of their mobile devices.​

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Blended learning approach in a clinically based programme (Oral Hygiene)

Lecturer, Priscilla Brijlal from the Dentistry Faculty presented at CIECT’s 11th Annual eLearning Colloquium in 2018. The presentation focused on the “Blended learning approach in a clinically based programme – a Beta mode?”. The purpose of the programme was to facilitate learning and skills development of the clinical procedures that are added to the scope of practice for Oral Hygienists. Graduates from the Oral Hygiene programme had to complete the Expanded Functions course that was prescribed by the HPCSA (

The lecturers setup online environments (since 2016) within iKamva for the programme which enabled the following activities:

  • Distribution of Course Resources and pre-reading material,
  • Sharing Announcements, and
  • Creation of online tests.

Students who enrolled in the programme joined from different geographical locations across South Africa. View the recorded presentation here:

Please contact CIECT to create your interactive online environment.


Do not recreate and duplicate assignments within iKamva and Turnitin (Tii): Generates higher similarity index

RE: Important Notice- Do not recreate and duplicate assignments within iKamva and Turnitin (Tii) : Generates higher similarity index
All assignments  that are created via the Turnitin (Tii) system, should not be recreated using the integrated iKamva – Turnitin option [Assignment tool within iKamva]. 
NB: This causes duplicate submissions which generates higher similarity indexes for paper submissions. 
**It is advised to use the Single file upload assignment type if you use the iKamva – Turnitin option. This would ensure that the most recent submission generates a unique report.
Contact CIECT for further information regarding the integrated iKamva- Turnitin (Tii) option. 
Telephone: 021 959 4114/4115/4116/4117/3200

Did You Know? The Turnitin (Tii) system deters academic dishonesty

Turnitin (Tii) is an anti-plagiarism detection system that compares text within a document to archived papers within the Tii database and the World Wide Web. For example, all universities build their own databases over a period of time. Hence papers submitted, will first be checked within the local Tii repository, prior to checking similarity text on the World Wide Web.The University of the Western Cape implemented the use of Tii in 2008 to deter academic dishonesty.

The use of the ‘Originality Check Tool’ has increased across faculties across and is the most requested tool within Tii.


The Originality Check tool creates an ‘Originality Report’, indicating:

  • Colour codes to show comparisons, and
  • Matches found are displayed in list format.

CIECT advises that faculties and departments encourage all staff to submit:

  • Reports,
  • Documents and
  • Question papers to Turnitin (Tii).

Online Chemistry quizzes translated to isiXhosa and Afrikaans

Chemistry Practical Coordinator, Suzanne Grove presented at CIECTs 11th Annual eLearning colloquium in 2018. The presentation focused on the practical tests that 1st year Chemistry students are expected to complete on a weekly basis, in preparation for practical tutorials. Hence, students are not able to enter the practical tutorial, if they had not completed the online test, hosted on the iKamva Platform.

Weekly preparatory tests are open for a specific time period (one week only). A student is able to attempt a test, multiple times and the highest mark is recorded. It should also be noted that the tests/quizzes account for 15% of the Continuous Assessment Mark (CAM). This year (2019) Suzanne is translating the online tests (both question and answers options) from English to isiXhosa and Afrikaans. The students receive their results immediately upon submission.


View the recorded presentation here:

CIECT advises Faculty Teaching and Learning Specialists on blended and distance learning practices and curriculum design

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) Instructional Design team advises and supports both Faculty Teaching-and-Learning experts and lecturers to design and develop effective online environments. Lecturers attend scheduled workshops and consults Instructional Designers on the effective use of eTools within the institutional Learning Management System, iKamva. The Teaching-and-Learning Specialists also contact the CIECT team to seek advice around the interactive engagement within an online environment.

Hence, Teaching-and-Learning Specialists from Arts, Education and Dentistry Faculties have engage in the training workshops, consultations and advisory sessions- to familiarise themselves with the eTools and Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). Furthermore, the CIECT team focuses on the pedagogical value of the selection of eTools for learning and teaching purposes.

In addition, the CIECT team contributes to curriculum design whereby a Teaching-and-Learning specialist were advised around the development of an instructional strategy [alignment of outcomes, assessment activities, content and eTools]. This instructional strategy is applied to the design and development of an online environment and interactive guides. This example, specifically of collaboration with the Dentistry Faculty depicts the importance all stakeholders to work together from the start when designing and developing curriculum.

Support for the Teaching-and Learning Specialists by CIECT has extended to email, telephonic, face-to-face workshops and consultations. Furthermore, Teaching-and-Learning Specialists also collaborate with CIECT around special projects. These advisory and support interventions enable the Specialists to further advise the lecturers in alignment with their specific topics.

CIECT & Physics collaboration (vacation period): Students engage in computational modelling & eTools workshops

Physics lecturer Ian Schroeder and some of his first-year students presented at the 11th Annual eLearning Colloquium in 2018. During this presentation, the students and lecturer presented on their learning experiences obtained during the Computational Modelling workshops offered during the vacation period. These workshops also entailed engagement in an online environment.

Aligned to the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Physics Department piloted the interactive computational modelling workshops in the September and November vacation periods (2018), which focused on the semi-formal co-curricular experiences. Students applied to participate in the workshop and through a selection process was accepted into the Programme. During the 3 day workshop, students dealt with different problem-based scenarios. They were tasked with solving the specific problems by troubleshooting existing development code and developing their own code.

The workshop further included engagement within the online environment, iKamva. The online space was used by both the lecturer and students as it provided a structured space for the sharing of information as well as the development of reflective practices through blogging exercises.

In addition, the collaboration with CIECT enabled students to design and develop their ePortfolios. Students reflected on their accomplishments, competencies and eSkills attained – during the three day workshop.Watch the video showcasing the learning experiences shared by students and lecturer:

CIECT offers Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) to first-year students across Faculties

The CIECT Team has designed and developed the Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme. This basic computer literacy programme is offered to first-year students at UWC (novice users). The CIECT Team collaborates with Faculty to identify student needs.

The programme is integrated into accredited modules across various faculties including EMS, Education, CHS, Dentistry, Law and Arts. The DAL Programme is offered over a semester to participating faculties. In addition, some departments engage with CIECT to design customised lessons.

Due to a lack of training venues and the increasing student numbers, the Programme is offered over two semesters within the Education Faculty.

Should you wish to contact the Programme Coordinator to plan and discuss in advance, call ext. 3147 or 2966.