Developing, re-purposing and quality assurance of OERs

Presenter: Glenda Cox, CILT, UCT

Date and time: 14th of June, 10.00-13.00

Location: e-Learning Building, Cape Town campus

Seminar description:

You are invited to attend a workshop on the teaching opportunities afforded by Open Educational Resources (OER) in South Africa. Emerging from the global “open” initiatives. OER are growing in importance as mechanisms for enhancing the quality of our teaching, especially in the Global South. This workshop will include an introduction to OER, where to find OER and a basic introduction to Creative Commons licensing. The quality of OER is a complex issue with various opinions about how to go about managing quality and some time will be spent outlining these debates and discussing them.

Key aspects that will be covered:

  • the open educational movement
  • strategies for openness
  • opportunities and barriers to using or creating OER
  • online platforms for finding and depositing OER
  • copyright issues and alternative licensing of teaching materials
  • quality and OER

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Lecture recording and podcasting – hands-on

Facilitator: Dylan Cromhout, Marketing

Date and venues:

  • 2nd of June 2016, 13.30-15.30, lab 302, IT center, Bellville campus
  • 9th of June 2016, 13.30-15.30, eLearning Center, Cape Town campus

Workshop description: 

As the availability of tablets both for lecturers and students increases and institutions of higher learning increasingly support a BYOD (bring your own device) strategy,  the use of tablets and other mobile devices for teaching and learning becomes an exciting opportunity for lecturers.

Recording one’s lectures has a range of benefits, namely, making lectures available for students who miss class, and for those who would like to recap on the work covered. Mobile tablet devices offer lecturers the capability of recording their actual PowerPoint slides, their voice, as well as the notes they would draw on a whiteboard. Additionally, new wireless dongles allow the lecturer to show the class exactly what’s on the tablet, all while walking around the class.

Such new technologies offer lecturers a new form of flexibility inside and outside of the classroom; and by combining tablets with Blackboard, they provide effective ways of empowering  students with the resources they need to become self-motivated learners. Recording one’s lectures can also be used for flipping the classroom and other innovative pedagogic practices.

In the session we will cover:

  • Recording lectures with a tablet and laptop using apps such as Explain Everything and Electa live
  • Editing videos to suit different needs using video editing software such as MovieMaker
  • Converting video recordings to podcast format and editing podcasts using Audacity

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Designing alternative assessment strategies in times of disruption

Facilitators: Nicola Pietersen, Retail Business Management, CPUT

Date and time and location:

  • 19th of May 2016, 13.30-15.30 (IT Centre, Bellville campus)
  • 26th of May 2016, 13.30-15.30 (Centre for e-Learning, Cape town campus) – repeat

Seminar description

The challenge in ENL103S as a first year level subject, that is part of the Retail Business Management (RBM) programme, is to develop teaching and learning strategies that are well aligned with the required specific outcomes of the subject area and the Graduate Attributes (GA) of both the Retail Department and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

This requires constant alignment of knowledge, skills and GA’s into assessment strategies, a challenge that all academics wrestle with.  The transference of knowledge, and its assessment within the sphere of skills training, its respective GA’s and the respective assessment instruments which would deem our Retail students competent and ready for the functional employment within the Retail Industry, is a highly contested space that many external factors are now impacting upon. In this seminar Nicola will introduce some innovative assessment strategies  that she developed to meet this challenge. Furthermore she will reflect on a range of ‘Plan Bs’ – alternative assessment strategies – she devised to respond to the disruptions faced in the context of the #FMF movement last year.

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The usefulness of e-portfolios

Facilitators: Dr Nicola Pallitt, CILT, UCT

Date and time: 12th of May 2016, 13.30-15.30

Venue: e-Learning Building, Cape Town campus

Seminar description

ePortfolios have multiple purposes for teaching staff and students alike (eg. showcasing, learning, assessment, promotion). This seminar will consider the development opportunities that ePortfolios (as both a technology and an approach) can offer for: 1) teaching staff; and 2) learning opportunities with students. We will locate ourselves and interests in relation to a spectrum of broad uses of ePortfolios, followed by more targeted considerations: What do I need to think about when choosing a tool to create an ePortfolio for myself or to use with students? What are some of the things to think about before starting?

Dr Nicola Pallitt is a lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. As part of the unit’s curriculum and course design team, Nicola is involved in a variety of curriculum innovation initiatives and assists university staff with blended and online learning design. She co-teaches on programmes in educational technology and assists with staff development workshops. Nicola is a member of the e/merge Africa team, an online professional development network for educational technology researchers and practitioners in African higher education.

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101 apps for Teaching with Tablets

Facilitators: Christine Price and Gerhard Griesel, Horticulture

Date and time: 5th of May 2016, 13.30-15.30

Venue: IT centre, Bellville campus

Seminar description

The Foundation programme in the Horticulture Sciences department recently acquired a set of tablets for each student to use in the classroom. In this seminar Gerhard and Christine share their experiences of using tablets as teaching and learning tool, from taking attendance registers to developing digital stories to encouraging class participation during classroom discussions. Come and join us to see how you could use tablets in your own teaching and learning.


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Designing a learning module on Blackboard (hands-on)

Facilitators: Jody Boltney and Antoinette Van Deventer, Centre for e-Learning/ETU

Date, time and venue:

  • 21st of  April, 13.30-15.30, IT Centre, Bellville Campus
  • 28th of April, 13.30-15.30,  e-Learning, Cape Town Campus  (repeat)

Workshop description:

In this workshop we will focus on two main areas: proper file management within your Blackboard Subject and the Designing of a Learning Module. The Files area provides a central file storage area within a Blackboard Subject. Lecturers can then link to any of these items when creating content.

The Learning Module enables a student to follow a structured/predetermined path for progressing through content. It may contain content files, assessments, assignments, images, video files, audio files, URL’s, Discussion Topics etc. All the content, activities etc. needed to complete a Chapter will be structured in one, central place.

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Some flippin’ options

Facilitators: Jonathan Aspeling, Retail Management and Eunice Ivala, Centre for e-Learning/ETU
Date and time: 14th of April, 13.30-15.30
Location: Centre for e-Learning

Seminar description:

The Flipped Classroom (Inverted Classroom Method) is a student centered teaching method in which lectures are replaced/partially replaced with digital learning material. It ‘flips’ traditional teaching methods, by delivering some of teaching/lecturing online outside class and moving ‘homework’ into the classroom. The activities in the classroom are designed to engage students on a high cognitive level and to facilitate deep learning.

In this seminar we will introduce the concept of a flipped classroom and then demonstrate four practical ways that have used  in teaching finance and retailing to pre and postgraduate students at CPUT.

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Achieving visibility and better rankings on Google Scholar (hands-on)

Facilitator: Melius Weideman, Faculty of Informatics and Design

Date and venue: 17th of March 2016, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning (CPT campus)

Workshop description:

High rankings on search engines are not negotiable for many websites, but especially  those of e-commerce ventures. At the same time the value of citations of a researcher’s academic publications is being used as an indication of the impact of his/her research work. Google Scholar has established itself as a point of reference in terms of academic visibility, although surrounded by some controversy.

In this sessions, achieving this visibility for academic publications through Google Scholar is demonstrated through examples. The role of high quality content and the use of weight-carrying keywords and key-phrases are highlighted. A variety of other platforms are also identified as supportive to Google Scholar.

Pre-requisites for this workshop include: a full understanding of spoken and written English; familiarity with a browser; an academic publication record; a very basic familiarity with HTML code and familiarity with the general use of search engines.

Audience: Practising researchers. Participants will obtain most value from this series if they have a number of completed academic publications (journal articles, conference papers, theses, etc).

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Using Google Drive for online collaboration and writing (hands-on)

Date, time and location:

Thursday 25th of February 2016, 13.30-15.30 (Lab 303, IT centre, Bellville)

Friday 26th of February 2016, 13.30-15.30 (e-Learning building, Cape Town) – repeat

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago & Izak van Zyl, Centre for e-Learning/ETU


This workshop will look at the use of Google drive to support online collaboration. Google drive allows you to collect, share, create, give comments and feedback on online documents. Whether you want to go paperless and use Google drive to draft and share minutes of meetings,  coordinate inter-institutional projects, co-author research papers, give feedback to students you supervise or create simple online forms, Google drive is the tool for you!

Please create a gmail account before joining the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own laptop.

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Becoming a digital scholar – workshop

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago and Izak van Zyl, Center for e-Learning/ETU

Dates and venue

  • 3rd of March 2016, 13.30-15.30, Lab 303, IT center Bellville
  • 10th of March 2016, 13.30-15.30, e-Learning building, Cape Town (repeat)

Description of workshop:

Connecting and engaging with fellow academics online using social media has become an important part of an academic’s research practice. Academic reputations today can be considerably enhanced by developing an online profile or ‘academic identity’, that brings your work quickly to the attention of larger numbers of people than you can reach through conventional publishing or conference attendance.  Academic social networking sites such as or are important platforms to increase one’s academic visibility. These workshops will introduce some of the tools that can help you maintain, look after and monitor your online academic identity while setting up a personal research environment, such as Twitter, Slideshare, Google citations,, Researchgate, Mendeley and blogging.

To book these workshops please use our online booking system or email

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