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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May seminars: learning analytics and early warning systems

The next two workshops, which will take place in May will focus on the topic of learning analytics and identifying at-risk students through an early warning system.

Workshop 1: Learning Analytics: gaining new insights from educational data
Presenter: Andrew Deacon, CILT, University of Cape Town
Date: 22 of May 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: Crit room, ABC building, Bellville campus

Workshop description:
Analytics is a buzzword that encompasses the analysis and visualisation of big data. Current interest results from the growing access to data and the many software tools now available to analyse this data in Higher Education, through platforms such as Learning Management Systems. This seminar provides an overview of current applications and uses of learning analytics and how it can help institutions of learning better support their learners. The illustrative examples look at institutional and social media data that together provide rich insights into institutional, teaching and learning issues. A few simple ways to perform such analytics in a context of Higher Education will be introduced.


Tools presented: 

  • Gephi – network analysis, data collection
  • NodeXL – network analysis, data collection
  • TAGS – Twitter data collection (Google Drive)
  • Word cloud – R package (wordcloud)
  • RapidMiner – Data mining, predictive analytics
  • Excel – spreadsheet, charts
  • R – statistical analysis, graphs

Workshop 2: Identifying at-risk students using Blackboard (hands-on)

Presenter: Dr Maricel Krugel and Joseline Felix-Minnaar, Applied Sciences, CPUT
Date: 29 of May 2014, 14.00-16.00
Location: B109 Old Science Building, Bellville Campus

Workshop description: Focusing on one element of learning analytics, the identification of at-risk students, the facilitators of this workshop will demonstrate  some of the ways they use Blackboard and other tools as an early warning system to identify and support struggling students.

To book your place please use our online booking system:

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Seminar: Research Data Management

Facilitator: Zanele Mathe, library, CPUT

Date: 24th of April 2014, 14.00-16.00

Location: Room 428, Engineering Building, Cape Town

Seminar description:

The seminar is on Research Data Management: Conversation with researchers at CPUT. Research data management (RDM) is becoming an important and critical part in science. The amount of data that is being created in universities is growing exponentially. One major challenge facing Higher Education is the lack of strategies  to ensure that this data is managed correctly and can be accessible over a long-term period. The seminar will discuss conversations and initiatives that are happening within the university which are striving towards the development of a good research data management practice within the university. The seminar will cover issues on policy, infrastructure development and services for  research data management at CPUT.


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Open, online courses

Facilitator: Dr Michael Rowe, UWC

Date: 10th of April 2014, 14.00-16.00

Location: Science Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Old Sciences Building, Bellville campus

Description of seminar:

Where is the value in university courses? Is it in the content, the engagement with others, or the social spaces that are created? As new technologies find their way into university classrooms, the value of the traditional course is being challenged, especially when content is free and student engagement is moving towards online social spaces. Open online courses, including those with large numbers of participants (MOOCs), have the potential to increase access to higher education and support the development of new teaching practices.

While strong evidence for these claims is yet to emerge, online courses do introduce broader social connections, opportunities for enhanced collaboration, and exposure to many different perspectives, all of which change the educational space in ways that may improve student learning. Open online courses may offer innovative teaching and learning opportunities that can enhance the student learning experience. As social media and other online technologies become increasingly embedded in higher education, health care professionals will need to be familiar with the context of learning in open, online spaces.

This seminar will present the process of designing and implementing an open, online course that included participants from the UWC Department of Physiotherapy, as well as qualified physiotherapists from around the world. Results from the process will be presented, and recommendations made for those considering incorporating open courses in their curricula.


 Seminar resources



Link to presentation on slideshare

Link to podcast recording of seminar

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Using Mendeley to organise your research

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, Fundani and Lara Skelly, Library

Date: 20th of March and 27th of March 2014, 14.00-16.00

Location: eLearning lab, Cape Town Campus and lab 311, IT center, Bellville


In the quest to move to a paperless office, many academics start using electronic reference managers not only to store and reference information, but also to read articles, annotate and summarise them. This workshop will introduce you to Mendeley, a free web-based, desktop-based and mobile app, that will help you manage your whole research process.

This hands-on workshop will cover the following topics:

  • searching for information: using Google Scholar, EBSCO host and Science Direct to locate articles and import them to Mendeley using the Mendeley webimporter browser extension

  • storing information within Mendeley: creating folders, adding tags

  • reading/annotating information within Mendeley: highlighting, adding sticky notes, keeping notes

  • referencing information using  the Mendeley word plugin and creating a bibliography

  • collaborating accessing the Mendeley community and shared folders

Book a place using our online booking system.

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Online assessment: the good, the bad and the ugly

Facilitator: Jonathan Aspeling, Retail Management, Business Faculty

Date: 13th of March 2014, 14.00-16.00

Location: Fundani preview room, library, Bellville Campus



What’s the big deal about online assessment? How can it help you and your students? How can you assess learning in and out of your classroom without adding significantly to your workload? By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Address some of the myths around online assessment (for example that you can only use multiple choice type questions)

  • Show the easy transfer of content between word and excel to the system used to set papers

  • Show the ability to use different options in assessment such as random tests, feedback tests and practice tests

  • Discuss how to implement online testing and ensure that students can manage the change

  • Discuss experience: what worked and what did not work

  • Share thoughts on assessing online in non-number subjects

  • Bring existing assessments and brainstorm how can they can be done online


Please book your place by using our online booking system.

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Creating digital videos using screencasting software

Date and time: 27th of February 2014, 14.00-16.00

Location: Center for eLearning, training lab, Cape Town campus

Facilitator: Suzaan LeRoux, Accounting, Business Faculty

Description: IMAG0987

Whether you would like to demonstrate the use of a software application, narrate a presentation, or record and share your computer or tablet screen for any other reason, a screencast might be the answer.

This hands-on workshop will be aimed at introducing and showing ways that you (the educator) and your students can create a digital recording of a computer or tablet screen along with audio narration. We will be using free web applications that have a low learning curve. We will learn how to create a screencast on a variety of platforms such as Windows, iOS and Android, and to then upload it to a designated site.

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Resources for this workshop: 


Link to presentation on slideshare




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