WS6 Increasing in-class participation

Facilitators: Donna Lewis, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), CPUT

Date and location: 18th of October 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for eLearning, D6 campus

Seminar description

How to engage students in large (and small) classes is one of the main challenges lecturers face at CPUT. We invite you to attend an interactive workshop on how web-based and offline learning tools can be adopted to enhance one’s pedagogical approaches to address  this challenge.   The workshop will introduce freely available easy to use tools, such as  Flipgrid, Plickers ad Kahoot (other tools will be mentioned), which allow you to playfully engage your students in and beyond the classroom, test their understanding of concepts taught, start discussions and facilitate peer learning. The workshop is also intended to allow interdepartmental discussion and sharing of experiences.  If this is something that has sparked interest, please click on online booking system. We look forward to an interactive workshop with you!

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WS12 Promoting Multilingualism and Student-Generated Content – The Multilingual Glossaries Project at CPUT

Facilitators: Linda Manashe , Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), and Nomxolisi Jantjies, Fundani (CHED), CPUT

Date and location: 11th of October 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT Centre, Bellville

Seminar description

The CPUT multilingual glossaries project (MLG), a collaboration between CIET and the Language Unit in Fundani CHED,  focuses on gathering and compiling subject-specific terminology with the aim of translating them from English to isiXhoza and Afrikaans in order to enhance teaching and learning through multilingualism. Additionally, the multilingual glossaries aim to contribute in the development of scientific terminologies in African languages for different study fields at CPUT.

This workshop will introduce the project, showcase how it is being used in certain departments and reflect on student feedback so far. Furthermore we will demonstrate the process that is adopted by CPUT (in collecting; translating and verifying difficult key concepts and terminologies in collaboration with lecturers and students), a demonstration of the online multilingual glossaries platform, and discuss opportunities for getting your subject involved in the growing CPUT online multilingual glossaries.

To book your place for this workshop please use our online booking system.

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e-Portfolio development for teacher promotion, teaching philosophy and students assessment

 If you are interested please book your place using our online booking system the following link. We look forward to engaging with you in this workshop.

For more questions please contact Sonwabo Jongile at

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WS22 Teaching with podcasts/screencasts

Facilitors: Dr Faiq Waghid, Donna Lewis and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET)

Dates and venue:

  • 7th of June 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for eLearning (CPT)
  • 14th of June 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303 IT Centre (BV)

Workshop description:

As CPUT aims to foster innovative educational practices, there has been much interest in the adoption of blended modes of delivery by academic staff. In support of these aims, the Centre for Innovative Educational Technologies (CIET) invites you to attend its second workshop on the use of podcasting/screencasting to support your existing pedagogy. The focus of this workshop is to provide a rationale and possible impetus for the use of podcasts/screencasts to support your teaching and students learning. We make reference to examples of how podcasting/screencasting has been used within the CPUT context to support different learning needs, using software and tools available to all CPUT staff. Additionally, practical guidance will be provided to support all staff members wishing to delve into the creation of podcast/screencasts. If you are interested please book your place using our online booking system the following link. We look forward to engaging with you in this workshop.

For more questions please contact Dr Faiq Waghid at



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Call for abstracts for the 2018 CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology is pleased to announce a call for abstracts/proposals for this year’s CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day.
Date: Thursday, 30th of August 2018, 9.00-16.00
Location: To be Confirmed
Theme: Blended Learning at CPUT
Conference theme
Blending teaching, learning and assessment is a complex process that involves  the development and delivery of engaging learning material, the creation of online activities to engage students, facilitation and support of online learning, online course management, and the practice of online assessment. In the context of CPUT, we define blended learning as a mix of face-to-face and online learning, depending on context, learners and content. Blended learning can accommodate a variety of learning experiences both on- and off-campus, with a varying amount of ‘distance’ between learners and lecturers. While CPUT is inherently a contact institution, it faces an increasing need to incorporate a blended educational model to adapt to changing (and often unpredictable) times.
Call for abstracts
We invite presentations from colleagues to showcase, share, inspire, train and engage in some of the most innovative thoughts, practices and experiences around using blended learning at CPUT. We encourage colleagues to focus on their current practices of using technology in teaching and learning . However, we also invite contributions that engage on a more conceptual level with the topic of blended learning and challenge our thinking beyond current practices to the future of the institution. Students’ perspectives on blended learning are welcome as well!
Deadlines and submission process
If you would like to present during this event, please complete this form  before Friday, the 15th of June 2018. 
If you have any questions please email
Looking very much forward to your contributions,
Daniela Gachago
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WS18: Self and Peer Assessment- promoting student engagement and active learning

Facilitator: Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET)

Date and venue

  • 24th of May 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303 IT Centre, Bellville campus
Description of workshop
During this workshop we will focus on the Peer Assessment tool in Blackboard. According to the Oxford dictionary, peer assessment refers to the “evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others in the same field.” In the higher education context, peer assessment refers to student-driven assessment. Peer and self assessment promotes student engagement and active learning as it allows students  to review, evaluate and learn from their own work and that of their peers. This way, active learning takes place in a form of social constructionism – the joint construction of knowledge through discourse. Furthermore, this practice allows students to co-design and engage with criteria/rubrics set up in collaboration with their lecturers and apply it when assessing and making decisions about their own and their peers’ work.
In this workshop we will first discuss the types of peer assessments available on Blackboard and secondly, the challenges in relation to each peer assessment type selection. Finally, using the Peer Assessment tool we will create a peer assessment area and set up a rubric to which students will make use of as criteria for evaluating the responses.
To book your place please use our online booking system.
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WS3 Mastering Online Assignments: commenting, marking, rubrics and originality reports (hands-on)

Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer, Mavie Mavela and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Dates and location:

  • 10th of May 2018, 13.oo-15.00, e-Learning Centre, District Six campus
  • 17th of May 2018, 13.30-15.30, IT center, Bellville campus (repeat)

 Workshop description:

In this workshop we will focus on two main areas on our LMS Blackboard: Online Assignments and the Plagiarism prevention tool, Safe Assign. We will first look at the creation and submission of online assignments, as well as how you as the lecturer will do the marking of the assignments online, by making use of Blackboard’s inline marking tools (commenting tools) and the interactive rubric (grading form).

Secondly we will be focusing on the SafeAssign tool which is built into the Online Assignment Tool. SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service that allows you to protect the originality of work and ensure a fair playing ground for all of your students. SafeAssign prevents plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers within your existing teaching and learning environment. SafeAssign can also further deter plagiarism by creating opportunities to educate students on proper attribution and citations while properly leveraging the wealth of information at their disposal.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS5 Using Respondus to create online assessments


WS1: Antoinette Van Deventer & Donna Lewis, CIET
WS 2: Mavi Mavela and Sonwabo Jongile, CIET

Date and location:

  • 12th of April 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town – (note the change in starting time!)
  • 19th of April 2018, 13.30-15.30, Lab303, IT centre, Bellville (repeat)

Workshop description:
Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard Learn. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each assessement – be it formative or summative. In this training course, you will discover how Respondus can help you create quality assessments that can be added to your LMS or stand alone. You will explore the various ways to create Respondus files, the tools that are available to you to add quality to your assessments, and the different ways you can deliver your Respondus quiz. We will show you how to install the software, create questions directly in Respondus or import an existing quiz from Word or Excel. We will show you how the integration with Blackboard works and how to release test to your students. Practical tips around online assessment will round up the training.

For background information on designing online assessment please have a look at the recordings of our previous seminars:

To book you place please use our online booking system.
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WS21 Designing online exams


Seminar 1: Daniela Gachago, Faiq Waghid, Eunice Ivala (CIET) and Bronwyn Swartz (Engineering), CPUT

Seminar 2: Alan Cliff, CILT, UCT

Dates, time and location:

Seminar 1: 15th of March, 13.30-15,30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town campus

Seminar 2: 22nd of March, 13.30-15.30, online (Blackboard Collaborate)

Seminar description

Recently there has been a significant increase of interest in online assessment at CPUT due to campus closure but also as a response to large student numbers and in general to provide more flexibility to students. However, lecturers who have ventured into online assessment soon realise that it is not simple to design online exams that are meaningful and test students on the appropriate cognitive levels. These two seminars will offer you an opportunity to engage with lecturers and staff developers’ experiences on how to best design for and implement online exams. We will address questions such as:

  •  ‘Doing assessment’ online – is it a case of transferring face-to-face assessment to an online environment?
  •   The affordances and challenges of online assessment – a continuum from formative to summative assessment?
  •   Online assessment practices – what is the purpose?   what formats are there? how do I grade online exams? how do I give feedback?
  • Academic integrity: How do you deal with issues of academic integrity when students write exams off campus? What options are there to create safe and authentic contexts for online exams on and off campus, such as the Respondus Lockdown browser or the Respondus Monitor?

Seminar one, in which Bronwyn Swartz (link to recording) will share her insight and practical experience on designing and deploying assessments on Blackboard in a numbers based subject, but also to assess research, and in more theoretical or even practical courses, will be held at the Centre for eLearning, while seminar 2, which will be facilitated by Alan Cliff from UCT, will be done online using Blackboard Collaborate.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

For more information please email 

Workshop resources:

Bronwyn’s presentation (recorded on YouTube, 30 mins)

Alan and Sam’s presentation (recorded Blackboard Collaborate presentation, app. 1 hour 15 mins)

CPUT guide on online assessment (Blackboard Collaborate recording, 1 hour 12 mins)

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WS20 The Learning Designer – designing the perfect blend for your students

Facilitator: Faiq Waghid, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and venue

  • 22nd of February 2018, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town campus
  • 1st of March 2018, 13.30-15.30, 303, IT centre, Bellville

 Description of seminar

The Learning Designer is a web-based lesson planning tool to assist lecturers in the design of teaching and learning activities and to share their learning designs. Developed by the University College London (UCL) Knowledge Lab, under the leadership of the Professor Diana Laurillard, this free tool is based on the six types of learning from Laurillard’s Conversational Framework – a model of the conditions necessary for effective learning to take place focusing in particular on feedback loops between students and lecturers. Laurillard refers to these six ways of learning as a distillation of the main theories of teaching and learning.

With the six ways of learning serving as a framework, the lesson planning tool affords lecturers the opportunity to computationally design a sequence of learning activities with visual feedback. In this hands-on workshop, we explore how the Learning Designer can be used to design possible blended teaching and learning interventions. For more information visit the site

To book your place please use our online booking form.

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