WS17: Becoming a digital scholar

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET)

Date and venue

  • 28th of September 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville

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 digital identity’, broadening the reach of your research beyond conventional publishing channels or conference attendance.  Academic social networking sites such as  www.academia.edu or www.researchgate.net are important platforms to increase one’s academic visibility. Platforms such as the Conversation allow you to reach a broader public and increase you research impact. 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, Academic.edu, Researchgate, Mendeley and blogging.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS16: Adaptive learning – are we ready ?

Facilitator: Sakkie Smit, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and time: 21st of September 2017, 13.30-15.30

Location: Centre for eLearning, training venue, Cape Town campus or Blackboard Collaborate (online)

Seminar description

Adaptive learning technologies, according to EDUCAUSE, “dynamically adjust to the level or type of course content based on an individual’s abilities or skill attainment, in ways that accelerate a learner’s performance with both automated and instructor interventions.” Enabled by machine learning/artificial intelligence, these technologies can adapt to a student in real time, providing both instructors and students with actionable data. The goal is to accurately and logically move students through a learning path, empowering active learning, targeting at-risk student populations, and assessing factors affecting completion and student success. Advocates for adaptive learning believe that it can be a solution for the “iron triangle” of educational challenges: cost, access, and quality.

Are we ready for Adaptive Learning? Let us come together for an interactive discussion.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS15: Facilitating online seminars using Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer and Jody Boltney, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and time: 31st of August 2017, 13.30-15.30

Location: Online or Centre for eLearning, training venue, Cape Town campus

Seminar description

Tired of travelling between campuses for meetings? Supporting students who are geographically distributed? Blackboard Collaborate is a realtime video conferencing tool, that lets you communicate with dispersed participants, present and share files and applications and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser (no login to Blackboard needed). You can invite external guests as well and record your session for future reference.

This session will introduce the tool, discuss tips and trick of facilitating online meetings and open up a discussion for potential uses of Blackboard collaborate at CPUT.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS14: Improving your MCQ tests using Blackboards Item Analysis

Facilitators: Jonathan Aspeling and Janine Lockhart, CPUT

Date and location: 

  • 17th of August 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town campus

Seminar description

Are you using multiple choice tests? Do you want to use them but don’t know how? How can you get better at doing this? How do you know what a ‘good’ multiple choice question is? This seminar will introduce you to a technique called factor or item analysis, which allows you to analyse student answers’ to your online assessments and help improve them. Jonathan and Janine have both vast experience in utilising the Blackboard item analysis tool. It allows you to – after students have taken a Blackboard test –  view statistics such as Discrimination, Difficulty, and Standard Deviation that may help you identify questions and answer options that could be improved.

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

Workshop resources:

Janine’s presentation

Jonathan’s presentation

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WS13 Analytics for Learn: Increasing Throughput and Success (hands-on)

Facilitators: Prof Izak Van der Zyl, Faculty of Informatics and Design, and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), CPUT

Date and location: 

  • 27th of July 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town campus

Seminar description

There has been a spate of learning analytics interventions in global higher education. This is coupled with the rise and significance of big data in the wider economic context, but also in tertiary environments. The analysis of big (complex) data offers quantitative, statistical and algorithmic means to aid decision making in organisations, for whichever purposes. Broadly, analytics aims to identify meaningful or otherwise useful patterns, ideas or solutions that can support the way an organisation performs its core function(s).

In this seminar, Izak will provide a critical overview of the notion and practice of Learning Analytics and what it may offer in a constrained higher education environment, with a particular focus on what it can reveal about your learners.

Furthermore Sonwabo will do a short demonstration of the Retention Centre on Blackboard, which offers lecturers an easy way of discovering at-risk students. The four main rules use for identification pertain to grades, online attendance, levels of activities and missed deadlines. Blackboard also provides a simple way of communicating with these students.

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

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

 
Facilitators: Linda Manashe and Ass. Prof. Eunice Ivala, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), CPUTDate and location: 

  • 22nd of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville

Seminar description

The CPUT multilingual glossaries project (MLG) 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 aims 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 we will 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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WS 11 Creating learning materials using Screencast-O-Matic

Facilitators: Bronwyn Swartz, Engineering

Date and location: 

  • 8th of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description

This workshop will introduce Screencast-O-Matic, a free, web-based app to create screencasts. It allows you to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, or lectures. You can prerecord your lectures or record your lectures while you present. Screen-O-Matic allows you to publish directly to YouTube or upload the video to Blackboard. Bronywn Swartz will reflect on her experiences using Screencast-O-Matic with her students, and demonstrate the software to you. Please bring headphones to the workshop.

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

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WS10 Towards Open Educational Practices at CPUT

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, CIET, Bronwyn Swartz, Engineering and Janine Lockhart, Library

Date and location: 

  • 1st of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town

Workshop description

Openness is a key concern in recent times in higher education; experiences such as open access, open educational resources, massive online courses, etc. are ‘hot topics’ globally but also increasingly in the South. Open Educational Practices (OEP) move the focus from the design, development and access to open educational resources (OER) to the use of those resources within pedagogical practices. This seminar will report back on the 2016 OER pilot project at CPUT, in which lecturers received funding to develop OERs. After a short overview on current literature on OER and OEP, two of the OER pilots, Bronwyn Swartz, a lecturer in Engineering, and Janine Lockhart from the Library will reflect on their experiences in taking part in this project.  This seminar will be of particular interest to colleagues who are interested in applying for funding in the 2017 round of OER projects.

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

The recording of the seminar can be found here.

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WS 9 Designing professional conference presentations using Canva

Facilitators: Linda Manashe, CIET

Date and location: 

  • 18thof May 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville
  • 15th of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town

Workshop description

The conference season is starting and colleagues have to prepare conference presentations. This workshop will help you design professional looking presentations using a free web-based application called canva.org. Please bring an existing presentation with you that we can work from. You will learn to choose templates, colours schemes, professional layout and cut down on words while using the power of images to tell your story.

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

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WS 8 Making the Grade Centre and Retention Centre work for you

Facilitators: Antoinette van Deventer and Jody Boltney, CIET

Date and location: 

  • 4th of May 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town
  • 11th of May 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description

During this workshop we will focus on two tools in Blackboard: The Grade Centre and the Retention Centre. You will learn how to create, organise and manage columns in the Grade Centre for your various marked assessments; how to upload and download marks between Blackboard and Excel as well as creating Calculated Columns like the Weighted Marks Column.

The Retention Centre provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on default rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to students potentially at-risk. From the Retention Centre you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can also keep track of patterns over time. The Retention Centre features can be used immediately – no setup required. You can create new rules, edit existing rules, and delete rules by clicking on the Customise button. You can create as many rules as you need.

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

 

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