The use of Whatsapp to support student learning


  • Juliana Willemse, Nursing Department, UWC
  • Daniela Gachago, ETU Fundani, CPUT

Date and time: 20th of August 2015, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Old Science Building, Bellville Campus

Seminar description:

The use of mobile devices with their connectivity capacity, combined with the power social of media, provides a resource-rich platform for innovative student-directed learning experiences. This seminar will reflect on various approaches of introducing WhatsApp to support student learning in the Western Cape. Juliana will reflect on experiences gathered in a study on the integration of Whatsapp in the School of Nursing at the Unversity of the Western Cape. Juliana introduced WhatsApp to her students for facilitating communication between students in clinical practice and their tutors. Daniela will discuss lessons learnt in a collaborative project with colleagues from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Western Cape around the use of WhatsApp with pre-service teacher education students, dentistry students and Adult Education students. In particular WhatsApp’s capacity for bridging boundaries between formal and informal learning, between academic and social life, between the classroom and informal learning spaces, between professions and between geographical locations, proved useful in this context.

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BYOD: Teaching with Tablets

Facilitators: Dylan Cromhout, Marketing and Linda Manashe, ETU, Fundani

Day and time: 6th of August 2015, 14.00-16.00

Location: Faculty of Informatics and Design, Roeland street, Cape Town campus


Seminar 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. Dylan Cromhout and Linda Manashe will introduce two examples on how to use your and your students’ mobile devices for teaching and learning.

Dylan will focus on the use of tablets to record lectures:

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.

Linda will introduce another app that you can use to introduce online collaboration into your teaching. Padlet is a web 2.0 tool allows you to collate ideas and collaborate online with your learners in class.

Padlet can be used to:

  • Brainstorm ideas from a class
  • Organise research on a topic
  • Gauge understanding on a topic
  • Test student knowledge
  • Curate website links
  • Share information to an audience

Padlet is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

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Recorded presentation from the seminar:


Video explaining how to use Screencasting software to record lectures with a laptop (this is probably the easiest and simplest way):

Video from the seminar which shows how to edit using Windows Movie Maker as well as a piece at the end which shows what drivers and video codecs are needed for recording and editing:

Links to all the software that is needed in order to start recording and editing using a laptop (these are covered in the videos as well):

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Sourcing, adapting and quality assuring of Open Educational Resources

Presenter: Glenda Cox, UCT

Date and time: 18th of June, 14.00-16.00

Location: Faculty of Applied Sciences, Bellville 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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Integration of technology into teaching and learning using TPACK and constructive alignment

Facilitator: Prof. Eunice Ivala
Date and time: 11th of June 2015, 14.00-16.00
Location: Mowbray campus


TPACK-newWorkshop description

Integrating technology meaningfully into the curriculum is still a daunting task for many lecturers. For an effective integration of technology into teaching and learning, lecturers need to draw on a range of skills and knowledges, including technological, pedagogical and content related knowledges and competencies. Mishra and Koehler’s Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (TPACK) provides a useful tool to engage in conversations around the different knowledges and skills needed for a successful implementation of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. This workshop will introduce this framework and drawing from the notion of Biggs and Tang’s (2007) constructive alignment, show participants effective ways of integrating technology into their teaching and learning. Participants should come to the workshop with a lesson plan or course outline of their choice.

To book your place please use our online booking system following this link.

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October seminars: tablets and academic visibility

Workshop 1: Experimenting with  Tablets in Higher Education

Facilitator: Ryna Cilliers and Veronica Barnes, FID and Gerhard Griesel, Applied Sciences
Date and time: Thursday, 16th of October 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: Mowbray Campus

Seminar description:

CPUT has recently acquired a set of tablets to experiment with their use in the classroom. In this seminar lecturers who have experimented with tablets this year will reflect on their experiences. Veronica and Ryna introduced tablets to their Industrial Design students in a History of Arts class, while Gerhard used tablets with his ECP Horticulture students to reflect on a field trip in the form of a digital story.


Workshop 2: Academic Visibility – working towards search engines listing your publications

Facilitator: Prof Melius Weidemann, FID
Date and time: Thursday, 30th of October 2014, 14.00-15.30
Location: Cape Town Campus

Workshop description:

The use of search engines to find information has become very common, and many users rely on them to find even academic documents for their own research. Academic databases are often limited to subscription-only access, resulting in many users expecting that academic outputs are available at no cost via search engines.

Participants in this workshop will be shown how to create a network of their publications across the Internet, how to build a set of cross-links, and how to submit webpages for indexing, ultimately increasing the potential for their work to be accessible, known and cited.

Prerequisites include: familiarity with an Internet browser and with basic interpretation of search engine result pages, and access to at least three of your own research outputs (conference paper, thesis, journal article, etc).


To book your place on these workshops please use our online booking form.

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Invitation to present at the 4th Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

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Date: 5th of November 2014, 9.30-16.00

Location: CPUT Hotel School, Granger Bay Campus

Theme: Learning Analytics in Higher Education – just another trend or sustainable strategy for supporting our learners?

Learning Analytics is currently a buzzword in Higher Education and encompasses the analysis and visualisation of big data. Current interest results from the growing access to data, the many software tools available to analyse this data and the use of data for decision making and especially for informing the design of learning interventions for students struggling with their studies. This year’s CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day will feature a key note by Mr Dolf Jordaan, who will reflect on the University of Pretoria’s experience with introducing learning analytics to support their learners. He will provide an overview of current applications and uses of learning analytics and how it can help institutions of learning better support their learners. Furthermore during this event, you will be introduced to our new DVC Knowledge and Information Technology Services, Prof Louis Fourie, who will present his ICT vision for CPUT; the importance of multilingual education will be highlighted with a presentation by Dr Philip Lewis from Stellenbosch University, who uses technology to teach his medical students in isiXhosa; and Lovemore Nalube from the CPUT web office will round up the keynotes, by showcasing our own CPUT mobile app.

The day will also serve as a platform to showcase,  share, inspire, train and engage in some of the most innovative practices and experiences using technologies in teaching and learning at CPUT. Practices and experiences are not limited to the topics covered in the key notes – please come and share with your colleagues how you have innovated your teaching and learning using technology.

If you would like to present during this event, please email before Friday, the 3rd of October 2014.

For more information contact Dr Eunice Ivala at or Daniela Gachago at  or visit our blog at

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September seminars: digital publishing and online writing

Seminar 1: First steps towards digital publishing

Facilitator: Dr Reedwaan Ismail
Date and time: Thursday, 4th of September 2014, 14.00-15.30
Location: To be Confirmed, Cape Town campus

Seminar description: 

eBook sales continue to rise rapidly, and the trend is only going to continue, with magazines and other publications quickly moving from print to the iPad and other tablets or mobile devices. Have you wondered about the steps involved in digital publishing ? Do you want to digitally publish and share your knowledge with a global community through Google Apps and Apple Store?  Dr Reedwaan Ismail will outline the process and procedure involved in digital publishing at this seminar. He will discuss opportunities and implications for academics wanting to publish their academic writing, text books and other content in digital format. He will discuss the steps involved in mobile publishing, the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing vs going through a publisher especially if your market is not just SA, talk about different formats of publishing and showcase examples of published content, both static and interactive.


Seminar 2: ‘Extreme knitting’, reflective writing using blogs

Facilitator: Mark Rautenbach, Jolanda Morkel and students, Faculty of Informatics and Design
Date and time: Thursday, 18th of September 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: Center for eLearning, Cape Town campus

Seminar description: 

Participating and engaging in online communication and collaboration is one of the critical digital literacies that our students have to acquire during their studies. Social media, such as Facebook and blogs are tools that allow students to document a project, communicate this with the outside world, in the process connecting and engaging with communities beyond the classroom and the institution.

Design lecturers Mark Rautenbach and Jolanda Morkel and a group of first year students will present examples of using blogs to encourage reflective writing in studio based design projects.

To book your place please use our online workshop booking form here.

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August workshops: Brushing up on your presentation skills

The two workshops in August will allow you to brush up on your presentation skills.

Workshop 1: PowerPoint and PechaKucha

Facilitators: Linda Mkhize and Eunice Ivala, Fundani CPUT

Date and location: 14th of August 2014, 14.00-16.00, Center for eLearning, Cape Town Campus

Workshop 2: Prezi

Facilitator: Daniela Gachago, Fundani, CPUT

Date and location: 28th of August 2014, 14.00-16.00, Center for eLearning, Cape Town campus

The PowerPoint/Pecha Kucha workshop will first introduce some basic concepts for designing effective PowerPoint presentations. It will discuss concepts of visual literacy, the power of visuals, give useful tips on how to structure a presentation, integrate multimedia and other MS Office documents. In a second part, we will show you how to quickly convert a PowerPoint into a Pecha Kucha presentation. Pecha Kucha  is a Japanese word  meaning chit-chat (chatter). Pecha Kucha illustrates a fast, flexible, two-way approach to teaching and learning. A genuine Pecha Kucha lecture consists of twenty slides, although this is often slightly adapted for conference settings. Each slide is shown for twenty seconds. The total length is therefore six minutes and forty seconds. Slides convey their message through visuals and limited text. A strong focus of Pecha Kucha presentation is on audience participation. Through its concise nature it gives audiences a chance to engage with experts, spending less time on listening to presentations and more time to discuss new concepts and ideas with the people that have developed them.

The Prezi workshop will introduce an alternative to PowerPoint presentation by demonstrating the Prezi software and rethinking presentation structures, breaking out of the linear nature of PowerPoint presentations. Prezi is a dynamic presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas.  It is different from Powerpoint in the way that you plan and present your ideas – providing far more flexibility in terms of a subject overview and the means to zoom into areas of importance.  This workshop will provide an opportunity to start to plan and put together a Prezi.

For both workshops, participants should come with a topic of interest and lots of photos for use in the making of their PowerPoint, Pecha Kucha and Prezi presentations.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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June seminars: the flipped classroom and podcasting

Seminar: Flipping the classroom, rethinking lectures

Facilitator: Eunice Ivala, Fundani
Date and time: 5th of June 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: Room 2.24, Mowbray campus

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, this teaching method will be explored and advantages and concerns highlighted. Some of the research done on the flipped classroom methodology at CPUT will also be discussed.

Workshop: Creating podcasts to support ESL students (handson)

Facilitator: Sehaam Khan, Health and Wellness
Date and time: 19th of June 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: Old Science Lab, 109, Bellville Campus

Seminar description:

It is widely acknowledged that exposing students to content materials in a once-off lecture is not enough to conceptualize and deeply understand course contents and more so for students for whom English is not their first language. Podcasting is defined as the recording and editing of audio files and subsequent distribution to students. It facilitates the extending of learning beyond the lecture time as students can listen to the recorded lecture as many times as possible, at their own pace, at a convenient time and in multiple places. This 2 hour hands-on session will introduce participants to Audacity, a freely available open source software package, which allows simple recording and editing of podcasts. We will also look at various opportunities to publish podcasts, such as on CPUT’s learning management system, or webservices such as soundcloud.


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Developing capabilities of the heart and mind: digital stortytelling as a tools for social justice education

Our presentation at the International Conference “Digital storytelling in Crisis”, 8-10 of May 2014, Athens.


As societies become more and more diverse, the risk is high for learners to become wary or hostile towards the ‘other’ – the ‘other’ who is seen as a threat to their own comfort, a threat to their lives. This is still true for South Africa, where although becoming a more and more racially integrated society, the legacy of Apartheid still impacts on our learners social engagements in and outside their classrooms. This paper reports on a digital storytelling project where final year pre-service education students’ reflected on one social issue in education. Adopting  Nussbaum (2010) capabilities framework for a socially just democracy, this paper explores 27 of these students’ perceptions on the digital storytelling project and its potential for developing capabilities necessary for engaging empathetically with the ‘other’ and in the process raising students’ awareness of their own role in the quest to create more socially just classrooms in South Africa. Using narrative inquiry, the research team extracted and analysed the narratives students constructed in four focus group conversations at the end of the project. In these narratives Nussbaum’s capabilities were evident. However, it was also found that in the collective sharing of their stories a strong sense of agency and a belief in their capabilities to make a difference emerged, not only individually within the confines of their own classrooms, but also as a collective of teachers. Further research is needed to investigate whether students could transfer this emerging agency and sense of collective responsibility into their own teaching practice to create the safe, enabling spaces South Africa needs.

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