Using Google Drive for online collaboration and writing (hands-on)

Date and time: 12th of November 2015, 14.00-16.00

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

Facilitator: Daniela Gachago, Educational Technology Unit


This workshop will look at the use of Google drive to support online collaboration. Google drive allows you to collect, share, create, give comments and feedback on online documents. Whether you want to go paperless and use Google drive to draft and share minutes of meetings,  coordinate inter-institutional projects, co-author research papers, give feedback to students you supervise or create simple online forms, Google drive is the tool for you!

Please create a gmail acocunt before joining the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own laptop.

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Becoming a digital scholar – workshop

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, ETU and Izak van Zyl, Center for eLearning

Dates: 19th of November 2015, 14.00-16.00

Location: training room, eLearning Center, Cape Town

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 identity’, that brings your work quickly to the attention of larger numbers of people than you can reach through conventional publishing or conference attendance.  Academic social networking sites such as or are important platforms to increase one’s academic visibility. 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,, Researchgate, Mendeley and blogging.

To book these workshops please use our online booking system or email

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Embedding digital literacies into the curriculum

Facilitator: Tabisa Mayisela, CILT, UCT

Date and time: 8th of October 2015, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Mowbray Campus

Seminar description:

In order for students to meaningfully engage in technology-enhanced educational practices, they need to be digitally literate. At the same time, the world out there needs higher education graduates who can successfully participate in the technology driven workplace environment. That is, graduates who can: find and evaluate information; understand and use digital tools to collaborate, and solve real-life problems; and create and effectively share information and knowledge. Due to these needs, digital literacies have become part of the essential graduate attributes.

Bearing in mind that disciplines may embrace different digital literacy practices, the purpose of this session is to: 1) provide an overview  on digital literacies in higher education, 2) showcase case studies and 3) introduce frameworks that academics could use for embedding digital literacies into the curriculum of their respective courses.

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Using tablets to support Horticulture students

Facilitators: Christine Thorne and Gerhard Griesel, Horticulture

Date and time: 17th of September 2015, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Center for eLearning, Cape Town Campus

Seminar description:

The Foundation programme in the Horticulture Sciences department recently acquired a set of tablets for each student to use in the classroom. In this seminar Gerhard and Christine share their experiences of using tablets as teaching and learning tool, from taking attendance registers to developing digital stories to encouraging class participation during classroom discussions. Come and join us to see how you could use tablets in your own teaching and learning.


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5th CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

Date: 6th of November 2015, 9.30-16.00

Location: To be Confirmed

Theme: Imagining the Future of Education

How do we imagine the future of education? How would we like the future of education to look like? What solutions can we imagine to counter current challenges we are facing, such as widening access, low throughput rates, lack of transformation, rate of technological change, globalisation, lack of resources, private competition?

Discussions on social media and in academic research on the future of learning emphasize words such as ubiquitous, lifelong, adaptive, pervasive, open, self-directed and interest-driven learning. How do we move towards such learning spaces? Spaces that allow learners the choice of content, delivery mode, time, pace, teacher and institution, creating mix-and-match, just-in-time qualifications, with the potential to respond to the continuously changing needs of the market space? Without compromising quality, depth and embeddedness in the discipline? What would the role of the university be in such scenarios? Will we still need universities? What values would drive our universities? What ethical issues will we be facing? How can we allow for freedom and flexibility without compromising quality and credibility? And what would quality mean in this context? How will technology support these learning spaces?

We invite presentation from colleagues on dreams, visions, fears, but also on initiatives that pave the way to such a future in education. The day will serve as a platform to showcase, share, inspire, train and engage in some of the most innovative thoughts, 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’ve innovated in your  teaching and learning using technology.

If you would like to present during this event, please request the submission form by email from before Friday, the 19th of September 2015.

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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

To book your place please use our online booking system!

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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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