2018 Events


Seminars - 2018

Mobilising theory through practice: Authentic learning through student-centred, socially-embedded pedagogies

 Bradley reflects on teaching and learning practices in two undergraduate human geography modules at the University of the Western Cape: Introduction to Human Geography; and Space, Place and Mobility in Southern Africa. Content in both modules focuses on mobilities theory and its application toward understanding the shaping of space, place and subjectivity. 

Teaching and learning activities in both modules include student-generated knowledge through reflections on everyday mobility in the form of e-learning activities and autoethnographic diaries and essays. In this presentation, Bradley thus, aims to share some examples of the teaching and learning activities, describe the role of e-learning and mobile diaries in linking theory and practice, and reflect on the outcome of these teaching and learning practices. The results from learning activities exemplify the innate understanding of critical concepts in mobilities studies, including the experience of movement, its meanings, and practices within the context of the global South. Comments from student evaluations demonstrate the importance of making connections between theory and practice, at the same time the mobile diary method serves as an innovative practice of teaching, learning and student assessment.

Dr Bradley Rink,
University of the Western Cape


Seminar Duration: 54 mins

  

(A) synchronous online discussions as a means of formative assessment

The Master’s Programme in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is designed for health professionals wishing to pursue a career in health leadership and management at district, national, and regional levels. This programme attracts health professionals in mid-level leadership positions and higher, who generally have the goal of improving their ability to provide leadership and manage programmes and resources aligned to public health programmes designed to improve the health outcomes of women, children, adolescents, and families. Students are located in South Africa and many African countries.  Most health managers work in multi-stakeholder environments where community and stakeholder engagement forms a key aspect of their work. Hence developing their capacity to develop evidence-based strategies, and engaging with the perspectives of diverse stakeholders is a core competency that the programme aims to develop. To this end, the Vula discussion forum and chat room are integral to teaching, learning, and assessment  practices.

 

Dr Jawaya Shea

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town

Seminar Duration: 41 mins

   

Workshops

Learning theories & Pedagogical strategies in your course

This workshop seeks to help lecturers answer two key questions: What learning theories underpin your practice, and how does our knowledge of learning theories and pedagogic strategies shape our design of learning activities.  

Facilitators: Tabisa Mayisela & Glenda Cox
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Big questions for course design 

This workshop introduces key questions that course designers and educators need to bear in mind when planning and teaching courses.  We will examine these in relation to the following three areas.  

  • Unpacking elements of curriculum: Knowledge, learning, identity, constructive alignment
  • Situational factors: Thinking and reflecting on factors that influence curriculum
  • The design process: An exploration of design models

 

Faciltators: Tabisa Mayisela and Tony Carr
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Assessment in learning

This workshop will focus on some of the key issues in developing assessment practices that support student learning.  Drawing on participant cases, we’ll introduce key concepts in assessment design as a basis for developing assessment activities that better support student learning. We imagine this session will be a stimulus to your deeper engagement with the challenges of assessment and an opportunity to develop connections with colleagues focusing on developing their assessment practices.

 


 

2 hour workshop

 

Teaching and Learning in blended environments

The purpose of this session is to work with participants interested in exploring or reconceptualizing how they could design a learning experience for students, from technology-enhanced face-to-face sessions, through hybrid or blended learning offerings, to full online options.  

This workshop will focus on three issues:

  • Identifying the differences between online and face- to -face courses in terms of course design, roles and role players’ expectations 
  • Identifying affordances and constraints of each delivery mode and what best suits your context (in terms of content, learning activities and assessment & feedback mechanisms)
  • Designing learning resources for your digital course 

Facilitators: Tabisa Mayisela and Shanali Govender

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop


 

 

Facilitating online and blended courses – An introduction  

Effective online facilitation is core to learning and teaching in online and blended courses. Lecturers need to undergo an essential shift in mindset: viewing ourselves as facilitators rather than deliverers of knowledge. Sound online facilitation skills enable educators to engage students/participants in debate, group work and shared knowledge construction across a range of online conversational spaces. This interactive session provides an introduction to online facilitation and shares resources and further opportunities to develop the necessary orientation to become an effective online facilitator.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Be introduced to free web-based classroom response systems for facilitating student interaction and engagement.

In this workshop, participants will explore practices that could foster student engagement in their courses. In the session, participants will also:

  • Rethink ways of using the flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning with the intention of allocating reasonable amount of class time to teaching and learning activities
  • Be introduced to free web-based classroom response
    systems for facilitating student interaction and engagement.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Rethinking your awareness of Copyright and openly licensed teaching materials

This workshop is an introduction to Copyright and Creative Commons (CC). In the session, participants will:

  • Discuss why the licensing of teaching and learning materials is important for academics to understand
  • Rethink their awareness and approach to Copyright and Creative Commons 
  • Be introduced to the process of adding a CC license to their work
  • Be shown how to find, evaluate, use and create open educational resources (OER)

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Facilitating classroom participation using educational technologies

 

In this workshop, participants will explore practices that could foster student engagement in their courses. In the session, participants will also:

  • Rethink ways of using the flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning with the intention of allocating reasonable amount of class time to teaching and learning activities
  • Be introduced to free web-based classroom response systems for facilitating student interaction and engagement.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Essentials for teaching and learning online

 

The purpose of this series is to work with participants on reconceptualizing how they could design a hybrid/blended or full online learning experience for students. This workshop will provide you with an online learning experience as you explore the essentials of online teaching and learning.

In order to get the most out of this experience, you will need to be able to schedule approximately 20 minutes daily for engagement, including accessing the group chatroom, and being eager to interact with others on issues pertaining to online learning design.

This workshop will focus on three issues:

  • Identifying the differences between online and face- to -face courses in terms of course design, roles and role players’ expectations
  • Identifying affordances and constraints of each delivery mode and what best suits your context (in terms of content, learning activities and assessment & feedback mechanisms)
  • Designing learning resources for your digital course

A week-long asynchronous series that ends off with a 1 hour live online session (via Adobe Connect)

Vula Course Evaluation Sprint Session

 

The Vula Course Evaluation tool provides a way of eliciting student evaluation, feedback and review of your course. 

The Vula Team invites all staff needing support with creating or adapting course evaluations to join them during this two-hour hands-on session. One-on-one support will be provided and we shall work with you at any stage of yo

 

 

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

Engaging with the assessment of student work, including in online or blended spaces 

 

This workshop will focus on the following challenges/issues:

  • Assessment practices - issues of purpose; format; grading; feedback; teaching and learning
  • The affordances and challenges of assessment in face-to-face and online environments - a continuum from formative to summative assessment
  • Doing assessment’ online - is it a case of transferring face-to-face assessment to an online environment?

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Digital literacies for library staff

 

 

 

 

 Vula Basic Training

This hands-on session is for UCT staff who require basic knowledge and skills for using Vula for course and/or research administration purposes. Aspects that will be covered in this session include: 

  • managing your own Vula account, 
  • creating, configuring and managing a Vula site, 
  • managing groups and sections within your Vula site, 
  • learning resource management and distribution, and
  • communicating within and outside your Vula site.

 

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

The design of course evaluations that matter

This workshop will focus on design issues around the development of course evaluations that enable the collection of meaningful information. Some of the topics that will be addressed will be: 

  • the meanings and purposes of course evaluations;
  • alignments between design and purpose;
  • the development of effective evaluation instrumentation; and
  • analysis and interpretation of data obtained from evaluation. 

 

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Vula Assessment Tools

 

Vula offers a range of assessment tools, such as assignments (including Turnitin functionality) and Test & Quizzes. 
 
In this hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Be introduced to Vula assessment tools.
  • Be taken through the steps of preparing and grading assignments, tests and quizzes.
  • Be introduced to grades’ handling in the Gradebook.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

Introduction to online collaboration tools

 

Online collaboration tools enable students to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve despite physical distance. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of collaboration tools including, but not limited to, Google Docs, Skype and Adobe Connect. 
 
In this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore uses and best practices of online collaboration tools
  • Analyze strengths and weaknesses of the tools, and evaluate which ones best suit their context 
  • Discuss how these tools can be integrated into their online and blended courses to enhance student collaboration and learning experiences.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

Using classroom response systems to facilitate student engagement 

 

Student engagement can be one of the important indicators for a successful class experience. In this workshop, you will explore teaching and learning practices that foster student engagement, including the use of free web-based classroom response systems, such as Mentimeter and Socrative. 

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss how teaching and learning activities can foster student engagement in class.
  • Be introduced to free web-based classroom response systems for facilitating student interaction and engagement.
  • Discuss how these tools could be integrated into their teaching and learning activities.

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in CHED at the University of Cape Town

2 hour workshop

 

 

 

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