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.

For more information please contact gachagod@cput.ac.za 

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!

Achieving visibility and better rankings on Google Scholar (hands-on)

Facilitator: Melius Weideman, Faculty of Informatics and Design

Date and venue: 17th of March 2016, 13.30-15.30, Centre for e-Learning (CPT campus)

Workshop description:

High rankings on search engines are not negotiable for many websites, but especially  those of e-commerce ventures. At the same time the value of citations of a researcher’s academic publications is being used as an indication of the impact of his/her research work. Google Scholar has established itself as a point of reference in terms of academic visibility, although surrounded by some controversy.

In this sessions, achieving this visibility for academic publications through Google Scholar is demonstrated through examples. The role of high quality content and the use of weight-carrying keywords and key-phrases are highlighted. A variety of other platforms are also identified as supportive to Google Scholar.

Pre-requisites for this workshop include: a full understanding of spoken and written English; familiarity with a browser; an academic publication record; a very basic familiarity with HTML code and familiarity with the general use of search engines.

Audience: Practising researchers. Participants will obtain most value from this series if they have a number of completed academic publications (journal articles, conference papers, theses, etc).

To book your place please use our online booking system

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 gachagod@cput.ac.za before Friday, the 19th of September 2015.

The use of Whatsapp to support student learning

Facilitators:

  • 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.

Book you place through our online booking system!

For more information please contact gachagod@cput.ac.za

 

 

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.

Book you place through our online booking system!

For more information please contact gachagod@cput.ac.za

 

WORKSHOP RESOURCES (Thanks Dylan!)

Recorded presentation from the seminar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da9zxlGqEr0

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmSIdaEOc90

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u-CHk6qwMI

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):

 

Electa live free screenrecording (for laptops): http://www.screenrecordings.com/

Explain everything, free whiteboard and screen recording app for laptop and tablets: http://explaineverything.com/

MovieMaker (free video editing software): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/windows-live/movie-maker

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/k_lite_mega_codec_pack.html

 

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.

For any questions please email ivalae@cput.ac.za