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 Lockart, 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 Lockart 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.

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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
  • 25th of May 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 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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WS6 Increasing in-class participation using clickers

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, CIET & Sharhidd Taliep, Education

Date and location: 30th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town

Workshop description:

Increasing student participation and engagement in large classrooms remains a challenge for many of our lecturers. (Virtual) classroom response systems can be used during a lecture to improve student participation & engagement but also to provide feedback for both the lecturer and the student. This workshop will explore the use of (virtual) response systems as an active learning approach that can be integrated into the design of the student learning experience to increase participation & engagement. After a short introduction by Daniela, Sharhidd will showcase his approach to using clickers in his teaching. In addition, this workshop provides participants with a hands-on introduction to virtual clicker systems. If you have a web enabled mobile device please feel free to bring it along for the hands on component (please ensure that it is set up for web access).

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS7 Gamification in Teaching and Learning

Facilitators: Kayla Lawson, Microbiology, Sam Adams, Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University and Simone Titus, Sports Sciences, University of Western Cape

Date and location: 20th of April 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab303, IT Centre, Bellville

Seminar description:

Globally and locally the term ‘gamification’ has been discussed for a number of years now. ‘Gamification’ refers to process of taking something that already exists such as a university course curriculum – and integrating game mechanics into it to motivate participation, engagement, and learning. Such game mechanics could be point systems, graduated challenges (game levels) or score boards.  Assignments are called adventures, battles, and quests. Each activity earns experience points — a hundred thousand at a time — and students’ grades depend on their final scores. The classes differ from traditional courses in that students have more choice in the assignments they complete; they can work at a flexible pace; and some assignments can be resubmitted until their maximum scores are reached.

This seminar will introduce three  lecturers’ attempts at ‘gamifying’ their teaching: Kayla Lawson, a MSc research student and part-time Teaching Assistant in the Department of Microbiology and Sam Adams, a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Psychology, both at Stellenbosch and  Dr Simone Titus, a  sport science lecturer at UWC.

Kayla will reflect on an e-tutor programme she designed to respond to the challenges of increased class sizes, which leads to tutoring becoming more expensive and  less accessible to students at risk.  The e-tutor programme uses concepts of gamification to teach the basics of Microbiology. The e-tutor program is easy to run, monitor, and use.  Setting up the game on the institutional Moodle platform can cause some level of difficulty, but once the structure is in place, it is easy to modify.  The e-tutor was tested in 2016 on a first-year sub module in Biology and received positive and insightful feedback from students.  We believe that this played an integral part in student success rate, and contributed to the positive learning experience of students.

Sam will talk about development of a gamified learning platform in an undergraduate Industrial Psychology module. The learning management system (SUNLearn) served as the platform for the game titled: OT Tycoon. Several learning activities were  gamified through the inclusion of a number of game elements  The presentation will firstly outline how gamification principles were applied and secondly report on the lived experiences of the students that were exposed to this gamified LMS.

Simone designed a digital game as a teaching tool aimed getting students to produce knowledge and ideas in the diverse classroom. While having fun, digital games allowed for active engagement and interaction in the classroom.

All three presenters will share their experiences with gamification followed by a discussion how lecturers at CPUT could use digital games in their teaching and learning.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS5 Using Respondus to create online assessments

Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer & Jody Boltney, CIET

Date and location:

  • 16th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning, Cape Town
  • 23rd of March 2017, 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 project. 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.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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WS4 Practical implications of BYOD at CPUT

Facilitators: Sakkie Smit, CIET and Suzaan LeRoux, Business

Date and location: 9th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Lab303, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description:

The 2017 NMC  Horizon report on the use and impact of technology in Higher Education still references the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). What can and should BYOD mean for CPUT? Should we expect student to bring their own devices? Can the CPUT mobile app serve as a communication and collaboration platform? Is it fair to expect students to carry their own devices within a social justice framework?

Join us for a workshop to discuss this issue where we will look into:

  • Information sharing, legalities and planning for security incidents;
  • Institutional policies, ownership models and staff agreements;
  • Device support and technical controls;
  • Risk management.

Sakkie will provide a general overview on BYOD at CPUT, while Suzaan will share her experiences with using tablets in her teaching of software programming to Business Accounting students.

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

Dates and location:

  • 23rd of Feb, 13.30-15.30, IT center, Bellville campus
  • 2nd of March, 13.30-15.30, e-Learning Centre, Cape Town campus (repeat)

 Workshop description:

In this workshop we will focus on 2 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.

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WS2 Designing Online Assessment

Facilitator: Daniela Gachago, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date, time and venue:

  • 16th ofFebruary, 13.30-15.30,  e-Learning, Cape Town Campus  (repeat)

Workshop description:

Online assessment or e-Assessment is a broad and rapidly growing field, with a strong theoretical and empirical base. However, you don’t have to be an assessment expert to employ sound practices to guide your teaching. In this seminar we will introduce some basic concepts you need to know to become more systematic in your assessment planning and implementation, such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, constructive alignment and the difference between formative and summative assessment. We will showcase some innovative examples of lecturers at CPUT who use online and blended forms of assessment to address a variety of challenges, such as large student numbers and an increase need for flexible ways of assessing students.

Link to presentation

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