CIET Webinars for Term 1 / 2021

We hope you are well and looking forward to the 2021 academic year. To support you in preparing your courses, CIET will offer a range of webinars. Please find the descriptions below.

You can register for these webinars using our online booking form:

Blackboard assignment tool and Safeassign

Date: 25th of Feb 2021, 14.00-15.30

Facilitators: Janine Lockhart, Library Services, Sonwabo Jongile and Dr Faig Waghid, CIET

In this webinar, we will focus on two main areas on our LMS Blackboard: Online Assignments and the Plagiarism prevention tool, SafeAssign. Online assignments will focus on the creation and submission of online assignments, as well as how you as the lecturer can do the marking of the assignments online, by making use of Blackboard’s inline marking tools (commenting tools) and the interactive rubric (grading form). 

We will then focus on the plagiarism prevention service Safe Assign, built into Blackboard, 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. Janine Lockhart from the library will contribute to the discussion on how to use information ethically.

How to set higher-order multiple-choice questions and performance-based assessments 

Date: 4th of March 2021, 14.00-15.30

Facilitators: Ass Profs Eunice Ivala and Daniela Gachago, CIET

How to design and implement secure and reliable assessments has been one of the most difficult tasks in the remote teaching and learning experience last year. This webinar will unpack some of the issues with assessment, discuss how to set higher-order multiple-choice questions, and offer alternatives to exams, such as more performative oriented, peer and self-assessments to counter the challenge of plagiarism in exams.

Blackboard and Respondus assessments 

Date: 11th of March 2021, 14.00-15.30

Facilitators: Sonwabo Jongile and Mvuyisi Mavela, CIET

This session will introduce the creation and management of online assessments both in Blackboard and in Respondus. We will discuss opportunities and challenges using either of the tools. Online assessments created offline in Respondus can be printed and published directly to Blackboard, whereas those created directly in Blackboard are all set to be deployed into the content area. While no purely online assessment system can prevent cheating, practical tips on safe and authentic contexts for managing online assessment either through Respondus or Blackboard will round up the session.    

Blackboard Collaborate / Engagement tools 

Date: 18th of March 2021, 14.00-15.30

Facilitators: Ass Prof Daniela Gachago and Dr Faig Waghid, CIET

Last year saw a rapid uptake of synchronous online communication tools, such as Blackboard Collaborate and MS Teams. This webinar will demonstrate the use of Blackboard Collaborate and introduce student engagement tools, such as polls and Breakout Rooms in Collaborate. We will also showcase other tools, such as Google Jamboard and Padlet for creative brainstorming. 

Structuring content on Blackboard (including adaptive release) 

Date: 25th of March 2021, 14.00-15.30

Facilitators: Sonwabo Jongile and Mvuyisi Mavela, CIET

The ability to design how lecturers teach and students learn has been one of the most crucial aspects of the success of remote teaching and learning. This includes how to structure your online content delivery to guide students in their learning journey. How you design and structure your content in a way that is easy to follow, navigate, and appropriate for your subject will be the focus of this webinar. We will demonstrate tools and possibilities that our LMS has to offer in terms of structuring content on Blackboard, such as adaptive release. 

Learning design workshop 

Dates: 2nd of March 2021 and 9th of March 2021 (repeat), 14.00-16.00

Facilitators: Ass Prof Daniela Gachago and Dr Faig Waghid, CIET

In this learning course design online workshop, you will work on the design of one of your courses you are teaching in 2021. The workshop will help you to create an active and responsive learning experience for students based on Laurillard’s six ways of learning. We will take you through a short learning design process, aligning learning outcomes, activities, and assessments. For this workshop, you will need stable internet access, a mic, and access to a laptop or desktop.

You can register for these webinars using our online booking form:

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