During the course of our work at CILT, we produce resources to facilitate and support teaching and learning at UCT. While these are not specifically produced for formal publication, they are often useful to others. They are shared in various formats in the following areas: Teaching & Learning Strategies; Engagement & Participation; Multimodal Ways of Teaching & Learning; Assessment; Enabling Teaching; Being an Online Scholar or Student; and The Curriculum.
Online and Blended Teaching
There might be many reasons you want to take aspects of your teaching online. Below are some resources designed to introduce key concepts and tools which will help you to get started.
An 8-page Google document outlining the process a lecturer might follow in undertaking teaching and learning online
This policy seeks to give expression to the concepts developed in the Online Education Position Paper (April 2017) and Goal 4 of the University of Cape Town’s Strategic Planning Framework 2016 – 2020, “To renew and innovate in teaching and learning - improving student success rates and wellbeing, broadening academic perspectives, stimulating social consciousness and cultivating critical citizens“. It is premised on the assumption that higher education in general is moving towards flexible forms of provision, and increasingly includes mixes of blended and fully online provision in various configurations; and that strengthening the University’s capacity to support online delivery of courses, programmes and library content, and the use of technology-enhanced teaching and learning can result in increased access to and success in quality education.
An example of a short survey on personal mobile device ownership and internet access which you can use to gauge your student's readiness to participate in online or blended learning
A 7-page Google document outlining some strategies to help students with variable levels of technological access participate in blended or online learning
A handy flowchart introducing some key concepts and tools to start taking aspects of your teaching online
A quick guide to creating multimedia content to help take your teaching into and online or blended format. Includes links to tools and further instructional guides
A quick guide to opportunities and challenges in using video conferencing in your online teaching and learning
A quick guide to having your lectures recorded
A 5-page guide to assessment design, including how it might be applied in an online context
A quick guide to student engagement using online tools and platforms
A flowchart listing the tools which are available in Vula and their usefulness and applicability in online teaching and learning
A quick guide to using video in an online teaching and learning context, whether and how you could use it
How-to video guides:
A series of short video guides to using various tools which might be useful in taking elements of your teaching online
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Engagement and Participation
Multimodal ways of Teaching and Learning
Whether in face to face mode, online or in hybrid mode, assessment is a critical and unavoidable aspect of teaching and learning activities. Gibbs (2010:3) asserts that
Assessment makes more difference to the way that students spend their time, focus their effort, and perform, than any other aspect of the course they study, including the teaching. If [lecturers] want to make their course work better, then there is more leverage through changing aspects of the assessment than anywhere else...
While assessment is commonly still viewed as an opportunity to establish what students know, and grade their performance for differentiation or certification purposes, researchers Boud, 2007 and Newton, 2007) argue that assessment activities can offer opportunities related to learning and evaluation of teaching.
This document offers a brief overview of some of the key terms and debates in the field of assessment in the higher education context.
Enabling Teaching (Making it Happen)
Being an Online Scholar and Student