Towards flexible delivery models for teaching and learning

Facilitator: Jolanda Morkel, Architectural Technology, Faculty of Informatics and Design

Date and Time13th October 2016,  13.30-15.30.

Location: online

Seminar description:

How can we make learning accessible to a diverse body of students, accommodating non-traditional and working individuals? How can we optimise technology through mindful learning design to expand learning beyond time and place?

This session will introduce concepts of blended learning design and demonstrate the use of synchronous and asynchronous tools that can be used to achieve flexible learning in the Higher Education context.

The session will be conducted online. Participants need an internet connection and may join via computer or mobile.

Please book your place using our online booking system.

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Facilitators: Antoinette Van Deventer and Dr Daniela Gachago, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and time: 29th of September 2016, 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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Learning Analytics in Higher Education: matters of economy, pedagogy, and ethics

Facilitators: Dr Izak van Zyl and Antoinette Van Deventer, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology

Date and time: 22nd of September 2o16, 13.30-15.30

Location: Centre for eLearning, training venue, 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 Antoinette will offer 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 please use our online booking system.

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Mastering Online Assignments

Facilitators: Antoinette Deventer and Jody Boltney

Dates and location:

  • 18th of August, 13.30-15.30, e-Learning Centre, Cape Town campus
  • 25th of August, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT center, Bellville 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.

Please book your space using our online booking system.

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Increasing Participation and Engagement in Lectures using (Virtual) Classroom Response Systems

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, ETU, Christine Price, Applied Sciences and Moses Basitere, Engineering

Date: 11th of August 2016, 13.30-15.30

Location: Lab303, IT center, Bellville

Workshop description

(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. These systems allows a lecturer to rapidly collect and display responses from students in a lecture. 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, two lecturers from CPUT will showcase their approaches to using response systems (Polleverywhere and TurningTechnology clickers) in their 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!).

Workshop resources

Screencasts of presentations

In terms of technology/software we used the following yesterday:

There are many more webbased tools, such as Socratic:

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Integrating digital literacies into the curriculum

Presenter: Candice Livingston, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences

Date, time and location:

21st of July, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT center, Bellville campus

28th of July, 13.30-15.30, e-Learning Building, Cape Town campus

Seminar description:

Digital literacy is defined as “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.” Many educational professionals cite digital literacy as a critical 21st century skill. But the question that so many struggle with, is how exactly does one integrate digital literacies in a teaching programme?

The challenge for lecturers is effectively integrating digital technology in order to improve their teaching practice but also to ensure that it is not superficial but rather, meaningful in a way that creates new information. The ultimate goal should also rest on the idea that students should be able to engage with the digital technology and use it themselves, thus improving their own digital footprint and becoming responsible digital citizens.  The following questions are useful when evaluating the use of digital technologies in your teaching:

  • What is the best technology tool for helping my students learn this content?
  • How will this technology help my students achieve the learning objectives?
  • What are the best practices for teaching with this technology tool?
  • What are the most important technology tools you need for your job?
  • What technology tools will improve your ability to do your job?

This workshop will present tried and tested examples of developing digital literacies through the use of the following digital technologies:

  • Digital storytelling
  • Blogging
  • Podcasting

Examples will be drawn from the Faculty of Education but will be transferable into other disciplines.

To book your place please use our online booking system.



Link to recording

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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

To book your place please use our online booking system!

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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 for your ipad, REC screen Recorder No-Root for Android tablets and Electa live for your laptop (if Electa Live doesnt record audio on laptop you need to install Codec)
  • Editing videos to suit different needs using video editing software such as MovieMaker
  • Converting video recordings to podcast format and editing podcasts using Audacity (you will also need Lame mp3 encoder to convert our Audacity files into mp3)

To book your place please use our online booking system!

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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.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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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.

To book your place please use our online booking system.


Link to presentation:

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