WS6 Increasing in-class participation

Facilitators: Donna Lewis, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), CPUT

Date and location: 18th of October 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for eLearning, D6 campus

Seminar description

How to engage students in large (and small) classes is one of the main challenges lecturers face at CPUT. We invite you to attend an interactive workshop on how web-based and offline learning tools can be adopted to enhance one’s pedagogical approaches to address  this challenge.   The workshop will introduce freely available easy to use tools, such as  Flipgrid, Plickers ad Kahoot (other tools will be mentioned), which allow you to playfully engage your students in and beyond the classroom, test their understanding of concepts taught, start discussions and facilitate peer learning. The workshop is also intended to allow interdepartmental discussion and sharing of experiences.  If this is something that has sparked interest, please click on online booking system. We look forward to an interactive workshop with you!

WS12 Promoting Multilingualism and Student-Generated Content – The Multilingual Glossaries Project at CPUT

Facilitators: Linda Manashe , Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET), and Nomxolisi Jantjies, Fundani (CHED), CPUT

Date and location: 11th of October 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303, IT Centre, Bellville

Seminar description

The CPUT multilingual glossaries project (MLG), a collaboration between CIET and the Language Unit in Fundani CHED,  focuses on gathering and compiling subject-specific terminology with the aim of translating them from English to isiXhoza and Afrikaans in order to enhance teaching and learning through multilingualism. Additionally, the multilingual glossaries aim to contribute in the development of scientific terminologies in African languages for different study fields at CPUT.

This workshop will introduce the project, showcase how it is being used in certain departments and reflect on student feedback so far. Furthermore we will demonstrate the process that is adopted by CPUT (in collecting; translating and verifying difficult key concepts and terminologies in collaboration with lecturers and students), a demonstration of the online multilingual glossaries platform, and discuss opportunities for getting your subject involved in the growing CPUT online multilingual glossaries.

To book your place for this workshop please use our online booking system.

Call for abstracts for the 2018 CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology is pleased to announce a call for abstracts/proposals for this year’s CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day.
Date: Thursday, 30th of August 2018, 9.00-16.00
Location: To be Confirmed
Theme: Blended Learning at CPUT
Conference theme
Blending teaching, learning and assessment is a complex process that involves  the development and delivery of engaging learning material, the creation of online activities to engage students, facilitation and support of online learning, online course management, and the practice of online assessment. In the context of CPUT, we define blended learning as a mix of face-to-face and online learning, depending on context, learners and content. Blended learning can accommodate a variety of learning experiences both on- and off-campus, with a varying amount of ‘distance’ between learners and lecturers. While CPUT is inherently a contact institution, it faces an increasing need to incorporate a blended educational model to adapt to changing (and often unpredictable) times.
Call for abstracts
We invite presentations from colleagues to showcase, share, inspire, train and engage in some of the most innovative thoughts, practices and experiences around using blended learning at CPUT. We encourage colleagues to focus on their current practices of using technology in teaching and learning . However, we also invite contributions that engage on a more conceptual level with the topic of blended learning and challenge our thinking beyond current practices to the future of the institution. Students’ perspectives on blended learning are welcome as well!
Deadlines and submission process
If you would like to present during this event, please complete this form  before Friday, the 15th of June 2018. 
If you have any questions please email
Looking very much forward to your contributions,
Daniela Gachago

WS21 Designing online exams


Seminar 1: Daniela Gachago, Faiq Waghid, Eunice Ivala (CIET) and Bronwyn Swartz (Engineering), CPUT

Seminar 2: Alan Cliff, CILT, UCT

Dates, time and location:

Seminar 1: 15th of March, 13.30-15,30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town campus

Seminar 2: 22nd of March, 13.30-15.30, online (Blackboard Collaborate)

Seminar description

Recently there has been a significant increase of interest in online assessment at CPUT due to campus closure but also as a response to large student numbers and in general to provide more flexibility to students. However, lecturers who have ventured into online assessment soon realise that it is not simple to design online exams that are meaningful and test students on the appropriate cognitive levels. These two seminars will offer you an opportunity to engage with lecturers and staff developers’ experiences on how to best design for and implement online exams. We will address questions such as:

  •  ‘Doing assessment’ online – is it a case of transferring face-to-face assessment to an online environment?
  •   The affordances and challenges of online assessment – a continuum from formative to summative assessment?
  •   Online assessment practices – what is the purpose?   what formats are there? how do I grade online exams? how do I give feedback?
  • Academic integrity: How do you deal with issues of academic integrity when students write exams off campus? What options are there to create safe and authentic contexts for online exams on and off campus, such as the Respondus Lockdown browser or the Respondus Monitor?

Seminar one, in which Bronwyn Swartz (link to recording) will share her insight and practical experience on designing and deploying assessments on Blackboard in a numbers based subject, but also to assess research, and in more theoretical or even practical courses, will be held at the Centre for eLearning, while seminar 2, which will be facilitated by Alan Cliff from UCT, will be done online using Blackboard Collaborate.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

For more information please email 

Workshop resources:

Bronwyn’s presentation (recorded on YouTube, 30 mins)

Alan and Sam’s presentation (recorded Blackboard Collaborate presentation, app. 1 hour 15 mins)

CPUT guide on online assessment (Blackboard Collaborate recording, 1 hour 12 mins)

WS19 Seeing the unseen in medical imaging – using Virtual Reality in Radiography

Facilitator: Lizel Hudson, Lecturer: Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences, Health and Wellness

Date and venue

  • 9th of November 2017, 13.30-15.30, 303, IT centre

 Description of seminar

The Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) software provides a realistic virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room. When coupled with a suitable stereo projection system, it provides a life size model of the treatment room, which demonstrates many of the capabilities of the real machines and accessories. VERT has been specifically designed as an educational and skills training tool. It has numerous facilities that make learning more effective and enjoyable for students.

VERT is a useful supplement to conventional training, and offers a number of advantages:

  •  VERT is cost effective because training on real Linacs is very expensive.
  •  Students have unlimited practice without risking harm to patient or equipment.
  • Clinical technique and realistic clinical experience can be gained outside the clinic.
  • Radiotherapy treatment rooms become more efficient by reducing training
  •  The VERT treatment room provides a realistic insight into the experience of using the equipment, but without the stress of being in a clinic.
  • Visualization is a powerful aid for showing plans, anatomy, dose distributions etc.

The Physics module is designed to provide a variety of simulated Physics and QA equipment which can be used to assist in teaching the basic principles and practice of radiation physics. The simulated equipment is fully interactive, allowing students to gain hands on experience in a realistic environment. The ability to vary parameters (such as field size, depth of chamber in water) makes it possible to conduct virtual experiments, and to record and (in the case of the plotting tank) to produce graphs of the results.

This presentation will be a 2D demonstration of how the software package is used for student recruitment (e.g. at Open Days) and as an educational tool (teaching general Anatomy, Radiation Therapy practice and Physics concepts).

 To book your place please use our online booking system.

WS10 Towards Open Educational Practices at CPUT

Facilitators: Daniela Gachago, CIET, Bronwyn Swartz, Engineering and Janine Lockhart, Library

Date and location: 

  • 1st of June 2017, 13.30-15.30, Centre for eLearning, Cape Town

Workshop description

Openness is a key concern in recent times in higher education; experiences such as open access, open educational resources, massive online courses, etc. are ‘hot topics’ globally but also increasingly in the South. Open Educational Practices (OEP) move the focus from the design, development and access to open educational resources (OER) to the use of those resources within pedagogical practices. This seminar will report back on the 2016 OER pilot project at CPUT, in which lecturers received funding to develop OERs. After a short overview on current literature on OER and OEP, two of the OER pilots, Bronwyn Swartz, a lecturer in Engineering, and Janine Lockhart from the Library will reflect on their experiences in taking part in this project.  This seminar will be of particular interest to colleagues who are interested in applying for funding in the 2017 round of OER projects.

To book your place for this workshop please use our online booking system.

The recording of the seminar can be found here.

WS7 Gamification in Teaching and Learning

Facilitators: Kayla Lawson, Microbiology, Sam Adams, Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University and Simone Titus, Sports Sciences, University of Western Cape

Date and location: 20th of April 2017, 13.30-15.30, lab303, IT Centre, Bellville

Seminar description:

Globally and locally the term ‘gamification’ has been discussed for a number of years now. ‘Gamification’ refers to process of taking something that already exists such as a university course curriculum – and integrating game mechanics into it to motivate participation, engagement, and learning. Such game mechanics could be point systems, graduated challenges (game levels) or score boards.  Assignments are called adventures, battles, and quests. Each activity earns experience points — a hundred thousand at a time — and students’ grades depend on their final scores. The classes differ from traditional courses in that students have more choice in the assignments they complete; they can work at a flexible pace; and some assignments can be resubmitted until their maximum scores are reached.

This seminar will introduce three  lecturers’ attempts at ‘gamifying’ their teaching: Kayla Lawson, a MSc research student and part-time Teaching Assistant in the Department of Microbiology and Sam Adams, a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Psychology, both at Stellenbosch and  Dr Simone Titus, a  sport science lecturer at UWC.

Kayla will reflect on an e-tutor programme she designed to respond to the challenges of increased class sizes, which leads to tutoring becoming more expensive and  less accessible to students at risk.  The e-tutor programme uses concepts of gamification to teach the basics of Microbiology. The e-tutor program is easy to run, monitor, and use.  Setting up the game on the institutional Moodle platform can cause some level of difficulty, but once the structure is in place, it is easy to modify.  The e-tutor was tested in 2016 on a first-year sub module in Biology and received positive and insightful feedback from students.  We believe that this played an integral part in student success rate, and contributed to the positive learning experience of students.

Sam will talk about development of a gamified learning platform in an undergraduate Industrial Psychology module. The learning management system (SUNLearn) served as the platform for the game titled: OT Tycoon. Several learning activities were  gamified through the inclusion of a number of game elements  The presentation will firstly outline how gamification principles were applied and secondly report on the lived experiences of the students that were exposed to this gamified LMS.

Simone designed a digital game as a teaching tool aimed getting students to produce knowledge and ideas in the diverse classroom. While having fun, digital games allowed for active engagement and interaction in the classroom.

All three presenters will share their experiences with gamification followed by a discussion how lecturers at CPUT could use digital games in their teaching and learning.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

WS4 Practical implications of BYOD at CPUT

Facilitators: Sakkie Smit, CIET and Suzaan LeRoux, Business

Date and location: 9th of March 2017, 13.30-15.30, Lab303, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description:

The 2017 NMC  Horizon report on the use and impact of technology in Higher Education still references the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). What can and should BYOD mean for CPUT? Should we expect student to bring their own devices? Can the CPUT mobile app serve as a communication and collaboration platform? Is it fair to expect students to carry their own devices within a social justice framework?

Join us for a workshop to discuss this issue where we will look into:

  • Information sharing, legalities and planning for security incidents;
  • Institutional policies, ownership models and staff agreements;
  • Device support and technical controls;
  • Risk management.

Sakkie will provide a general overview on BYOD at CPUT, while Suzaan will share her experiences with using tablets in her teaching of software programming to Business Accounting students.

To book your place please use our online booking system.

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.

Some flippin’ options

Facilitators: Jonathan Aspeling, Retail Management and Eunice Ivala, Centre for e-Learning/ETU
Date and time: 14th of April, 13.30-15.30
Location: Centre for e-Learning

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 we will introduce the concept of a flipped classroom and then demonstrate four practical ways that have used  in teaching finance and retailing to pre and postgraduate students at CPUT.

To book your place please use our online booking system