iKamva hosts eTools for summative assessments

The institutional Learning Management System, iKamva hosts various eTools that can be used for summative assessments across disciplines.

The Assignments and the Tests and Quizzes tools are most frequently used for this purpose. It can also be used to setup high weighted examinations.

  • The Assignmenttool enables lecturers to create an online exam to test the knowledge and skills students have attained throughout a specific semester. Lecturers can set-up a take-home exam which is active for a specific time-frame. Students are able to view the specific examination question and then conduct their research and apply their knowledge in order to answer the questions. Once students have completed their exam question/s they are able to submit their completed exam paper onto iKamva before the closing date.
  • The lecturer could also setup an online examination which will enable students to complete the specific exam as soon as they open the exam. Once students have completed the exams, lecturers are able to view and grade the examination without releasing the marks to the students.

In addition, the Tests and Quizzes eTool allows the setup of  an exam with different question types such as, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), True and False, Mix and Match and Fill-in the missing answer to name a few.

  • This eTool allows the examination to be structured and scaffolded. The examination can be restricted to a specific group for a limited time and is marked automatically.

The iKamva platform also consists of the Course Resources eTool which provides students with downloadable content; and the Announcement eTool for information sharing (from lecturer to students).

Summative assessment focuses on the evaluation of student learning, and is often referred to as “High-Stakes” assessments. Lecturers can set out milestone goals for their students and assess the students’ attained skills and knowledge via ‘mid-term’ examination.


Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.


Did You Know? Turnitin Rubric Tool integrated within ‘Assignment’

The Turnitin (Tii) platform enables the seamless integration of a Rubric within ‘assignments’. Lecturers/Instructors are able to create Rubrics tailored to their niche discipline.  The Rubric Scoring Tool assists the lecturer to complete the rubric accordingly. It should be noted; multiple Rubrics can be created and used across various assignments. Students are able to view their accumulated total mark within the Rubric.


Law Lecturers: ‘Take-Home’ Examination (Case Study) – aligned to Turnitin (Tii) Report

The iKamva platform can be used to set up summative assessment activities, which allows students to submit their work accordingly.

Social Law Projects (SLP) academics and experts used iKamva’s Assigment eTool to set-up a “Take Home Exam” for Semester 1 Law students (PGL 711 & 712 respectively).

Students were provided with the following guidelines and information in order to submit a case study:

  • Bibliography and referencing style.
  • Questions provided with clear instructions and corresponding marks (100 marks in total).
  • Open and due dates for the assessment.
  • Basic Word formatting requirements (e.g: margins, font size and type, line spacing, alignment).
  • Number of words/word count (3000 words).

**The assessment was further linked to Turnitin and students were provided with a similarity report and allowed to resubmit up to 3 times before the due date.

Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.

Did you know? Audio-Visual Services (AVS) Team Coordinated 38 Events [Semester 1]

The CIECT Team (Audio-Visual Services) coordinated services for 38 institutional events – during Semester 1.

These events included: Annual School’s Reward & Breakfast; Registrar’s Thank You & Certificate Ceremony; Graduation Ceremonies;  SRC meetings; Conferences; Seminars & Colloquia; Workshops; visits by Foreign Dignitaries; Sporting; Convocation; and Launches.


**It should be noted that the team coordinates on-campus and off-campus event

NB: Contact AVS 

  1. Log a request via Servicedesk.
  2. Complete form (necessary details and requirements).
  3. For more details contact Mr Eugene Alfred at ealfred@uwc.ac.za; X3250

Did you know? 15 727 students accessed iKamva off-campus (exam period)

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Education lecturer creates online ‘Take home exam’

The iKamva platform can be used to set up summative assessment activities via the Assignments eTool, which allows students to submit their work accordingly. In such an example, lecturer Khayelethu Hamana (EDC 413) has set up an online take home assessment for 2019 mid-year examination, whereby students needed to submit a research proposal.

The lecturer shared a rubric with the students which entailed the assessment criteria.

The assessment has been set up using the ‘iKamva-Turnitin integration’, and students were given sufficient time in order submit and edit accordingly for re-submission purposes.

The structure of the research proposal entailed the following:

  • Introduction and background to the study,
  • Statement of the research problem,
  • Research rationale and significance of the study,
  • Literature review, and
  • Research design and methodology.

Contact the CIECT team to structure your online assessment activities.

Did you know? ‘Tii Quick Mark Set’ – enables swift feedback

The Turnitin (Tii) Quick Mark Set enables lecturers to give feedback on student papers, submitted to Turnitin. Students are able to view and download the feedback via their Turnitin student profile.

The ‘Quick Mark Set’ makes use of preconfigured responses which can be adapted by the instructor to create more detailed responses.  The list below includes commonly used responses within the ‘Quick Mark Set’:

  • Awk. – Awkward sentence or phrase,
  • C/S – Comma Splice,
  • Citation Needed,
  • Commonly Confused Words,
  • Del. –Delete,
  • Improper Citation,
  • Insert: – Insert a word,
  • Missing”,” – Missing comma,
  • P/V; Passive Voice,
  • Run-on: – Run on sentence,
  • Sp. – Spelling Error,
  • Support: -Support Needed,
  • Vague: – Unclear statement or sentence,
  • WC: Word Choice Error,
  • Weak Transition.


‘Take-home exams’: Reflective pieces, case studies, summaries and research proposals

The iKamva platform enables effective teaching-and-learning; and assessment practices.  Lecturers are able to select appropriate eTools in order to design formative and summative assessments, aligned to learning outcomes and specific content.

Students across disciplines engage in ‘Take-home exams’, which include:

  • Reflective pieces,
  • Case studies,
  • Summaries,
  • Discussion of critical concepts,
  • Sharing of perspectives and experiences; and even
  • Completing a research proposal.

Take-home exams’ are shared with students via the iKamva platform through various eTools:

  • Assignment eTool to setup examinations, whereby students are expected to upload and submit their written pieces;
  • Posting announcements to share information about exams and exam papers whichare linked to student UWC Gmail accounts; and
  • Uploading to course resources for students to download.

Please contact CIECT to create your interactive online environments.

Did you know? ‘Statistics eTool’ (iKamva) – enables customisation of report data

he iKamva Statistics eTool allows instructors, lecturers or site owners to create custom reports on the three categories (e.g. Visits; Events; or eTools) available.  Additional configurations of the report, include the selection of a time period and/or specific users:

  • ‘All Site Users’;
  • A specific ‘Role’/’Group’; or
  • ‘Custom’ selection of users.

The report data can further be configured for a specific module to present the information through the following settings:

  • Number of results: Limit the number of report results.
  • Presentation: Defines how the report will be presented (table and/or chart).
  • Chart type: Defines the type of chart to be presented (bar, pie or time series [line or bar]).
  • Chart data source/Chart series source: Defines the main source of chart data and depending on the type of chart, a specific field can be selected.
  • Grouped by: (Bar chart only) Defines the grouping field for chart data.
  • The report results can be exported as PDF or Excel.unnamed

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Pilot Project: Live video interactive tool integrated within iKamva for teaching and learning practices

CIECT has engaged in extensive exploration in order to identify a live video conferencing tool that could be fully integrated with iKamva. As reported towards the end of 2018, we identified the BigBlueButton eTool for online modules. The CIECT Development team managed to integrate this video conferencing tool which enables video streaming and interactive engagements.

This eTool should enable lecturers to:

  • moderate and control student interactions;
  • upload and present their lectures (Pdfs, PowerPoint slides);
  • use annotation features on live presentations and documents; and
  • highlight key sections within a document/article.

Thereby the students should be able to interact with the lecturer and:

  • engage in live interactive video lectures;
  • listen to audio slides and live chats;
  • view the lecturer’s shared desktop; and
  • view recorded video lecture sessions (in real-time).

These features will be piloted during the second semester of 2019 and students will be able to view and engage in the live streaming of a lecture. This first phase of the pilot will not allow students to watch the recorded lecture after classes.

**EMS lecturers engaged in the Fully Online Programme will engage in the first pilot.

The feature of recording the live video lecture will be implemented during the second phase during the 2020 academic year.

CIECT will invite you to engage in hands-on workshops where these features and functionalities will be showcased and explored in 2020.  During these sessions you will be able to setup the live video lecture and further engage with the eTools.