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This page primarily supports the activities and needs of academic and support staff, and students with teaching or tutoring responsibilities at UCT moving to remote teaching. We hope that the resources, activities and connections we have suggested below will support you. 

Remote Teaching Services

  • Current Webinars

    Rapid Design Workshop

    In this 2 hour workshop, we will work through a selection of activities to design or review your course or module for 2021. Using a rapid course design method, we’ll introduce you to a tool to design your course or module. You’ll leave the workshop with a big picture of students’ learning activities, in physically-distanced or online learning contexts. The workshop will help you to create a teaching and learning experience that is flexible and do-able in the face of continued uncertainty and change.

    In preparation for this workshop, we ask that you gather and review any existing course documentation (such as course objectives, syllabus and materials, assessment) in preparation for the workshop. We suggest you watch this short video on learning types in preparation for the workshop.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnERkQBqSGM

    Date & Time: Dec 10, 2020 09:00 AM

    Registration Link: https://uct-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqduGrqj4vHN1aVGSZ637Na0mUA7huMIKu


  • Second Semester Hands on Help consultations

    Are you stuck with your planning for the second semester remote teaching? Need help with the set up of your Vula course site? Do you want to talk through your options for assessment? Book a 45-minute individual Hands-on Help consultation with a CILT staffer in one of the following categories:

    • Vula Lessons: Get help with the setting up and layout of Vula Lessons pages, subpages, student content pages, integrating activities and linking resources to lessons. There are new features in the latest version of Vula that can help improve page layouts.
    • Vula course site review: Get hands-on help in reviewing your Vula course site and underlying course design. This may be one lesson sample where you want early feedback or your entire course site. We will be making use of the newly developed remote teaching Course Design checklist.
    • Videos, screencasts, narrated PowerPoints and captioning: Get advice on creating videos, recording screencasts or narrated PowerPoint presentations. Any questions about how to generate captions and transcripts can be dealt with during this consultation. If you have questions about operating tools like Opencast or other recording apps, about file size and formats, and uploading content, book this consultation.
    • Assessments in Vula: For any questions about the setting up of Vula Tests & Quizzes, Polls or Assignments in a Vula course site, book this consultation.
    • Course design consultation (specifically for Design Studio Participants): Ask for a consultation to review your course map or storyboard created in the Design Studio.
    • General online learning consultation: If you want to chat about a general course design issue please book this service.This is not Vula specific, but rather to discuss your ideas and questions about approaches to take for your course, for e.g. online assessment, online engagement, structuring activities.
  • Remote Teaching Course Design Checklist

    This checklist  is designed to assist lecturers and teaching staff when preparing courses for remote teaching for the Second Semester. As you prepare your course for Semester Two, the checklist is designed to cover the key areas that typically need attention.

  • Tutor resources

    A publicly accessible Vula site has resources for tutors on

    • Tutor roles and time management
    • Communications and community building 
    • Discussion-based tutorials
    • Calculations-based tutorials
    • Resource making 
    • Marking and feedback


Remote teaching - Key documents and Guides


  • Start here

    While Low Tech Remote Teaching using asynchronous modes is the recommended default mode for Semester 2, there are instances where some forms of synchronous teaching modalities may be appropriate.

    • Read the Low Tech Remote Teaching Principles, Do’s and Don'ts, and Checklist (including minimum standards (GDoc)
  • Pedagogic and Engagement Strategies

    • Guidelines for course convenors working with tutors during emergency remote teaching (GDoc)
    • Strategies for emergency remote teaching - small postgraduate courses and small group engagements (GDoc)
  • Getting to grips with Vula

    Work with the CILT Guide: Vula - Creating a remote student experience (GDoc)

  • Assessment

    • Redesigning your assessments for remote teaching (GDoc)
    • Feedback on Written Assignments in a remote context (GDoc)
    • Timed Vula Tests and Quizzes for remote teaching (GDoc)
    • View all Remote teaching Resources: Index of Guides and Resources (GDoc)
  • For students 

    You can find all your resources at the Remote Learning Orientation Guide here: https://vula.uct.ac.za/start/


Remote Teaching - Connect


Introduction to Remote Teaching - Level 1 Webinars (Annotated slides and Screencasts)

The Level 1 webinars were designed to offer a rapid orientation to teaching and learning in a remote learning context.   

Please note:  these sessions were used from mid-March to mid-April, and while useful in principle, will contain out-dated dates, deadlines and institutional plans.

Remote Teaching Practices and Tools - Level 2 Webinars 

The Level 2 webinars were designed to offer a more detailed introdution to practices and tools for teaching and learning in a remote learning context. Each level 2 webinar is linked to at least one pre-recorded screencast.

Vula Lessons Tool Webinar (Slides)

  • Using the lesson tool to build learning pathways (Video)
  • CILT Guide: Embed & Link Lecture Videos (GDoc)
  • Embed & Link Lecture Videos to Lessons and other Vula Tools (Video)
  • Creating Written and Static Visual Content (GDoc)
  • How to upload and download resources in Vula (Video)

Screencasting and Captioning Webinar (Slides)

  • CILT Guide: Recording videos in Opencast Studio (GDoc)
  • How to request a transcript for a video on Vula ( Video)
  • CILT Guide: Requesting transcripts in Vula (GDoc)
  • CILT How-to guide: Introduction to Screencast-o-matic (Video)

Redesigning Discussion-based Tutorials in the remote teaching space Webinar (Slides)

Facilitating online in Vula: Definitions, concepts and scenarios for remote teaching Webinar (Slides)

Facilitating online in Vula: Vula Tools Webinar (Slides)

Groupwork in Vula Webinar (Slides)

  • CILT How-to guide: Interaction in the Forums in Vula (Video)
  • Supporting collaborative writing in online spaces (GDoc)

Assignments Webinar (Slides)

  • CILT Guide: Assignments Tool (GDoc)

Calculation tutorials Webinar (Slides) 

Tests and Quizzes Webinar (Slides) 

  • Setting up test and quizzes in Vula (Video)
  • Setting up test and quizzes in Vula (PDF)

Introduction to Analytics on Vula (Slides)

  • UCT Course Analytics for Remote Teaching Term 2 (GDoc)

Please note: these sessions were used from mid-March to mid-April, and while useful in principle, will contain out-dated dates, deadlines and institutional plans. 

Key "How-to" videos




Please contact

Email CILT (help@vula.uct.ac.za) for assistance.