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Centre for Innovative Education & Communication Technologies (CIECT)

About CIECT

Under its Director, Dr Juliet Stoltenkamp, the centre positions itself within the context of global transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs) in response to a wave of dynamic education sector reforms. These include the adoption of emerging technologies to enhance teaching-and-learning practices, education management, research and administration. This situation has placed a strain on HEIs in South Africa and elsewhere, due to changing societal needs and expectations, the inevitable integration of technology, and specifically online learning and blended learning interventions; and at the same time, the increasing pressure on practitioners to deliver quality education. 

Consequently, a need has arisen for ePedagogy training and support for academics and students within challenging, complex HEI settings. Equally important is indeed the constructive impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on flexible teaching, learning and assessment practices.

CIECT’s integrated Professional Support team is structured around the niche areas of:
  • Digital Academic Literacy and ICT Skills Development
  • Multimedia and Audio-Visual Services
  • Instructional Design
  • Software Development & Application

CIECT Director’s Message:

 

We are excited to welcome to all students, parents, extended families and guardians and invite you to attend our upcoming face-to-face and online orientation sessions for 2024. Some of the exciting features of studying at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is that lecturers and tutors make use of blended teaching and learning approaches. Students are able to engage in content, communicate and complete assessments, and exams online (from any location), by making use of the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), known as iKamva.
**Refer to tables below regarding both modes of delivery.

CIECT’s Face-to-Face Orientation Programme

Refer to the table below to attend the face-to-face demonstrations. These sessions will be conducted at the CIECT Office (Cassinga Building, diagonally behind the swimming pool and next to the tennis courts).
Date Time Location
5th February 10:00 - 15:00 CIECT Office
6th February 10:00 - 15:00 CIECT Office
7th February 10:00 - 15:00 CIECT Office
8th February 10:00 - 15:00 CIECT Office
9th February 10:00 - 15:00 CIECT Office
During the face-to-face orientation demonstration, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Take a tour of the online Learning Management System- iKamva
  • Meet with current CIECT support staff
  • Familiarise yourself with resources and services to make your academic journey easier
NB: We encourage you to connect with your peer-facilitator to secure your spot. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting: ciect@uwc.ac.za

We look forward to seeing you at the orientation and helping you get started on a successful academic journey.

CIECT’s Online Orientation Programme

If you are not able to secure a face-to-face slot, please refer to the table below regarding the online demonstrations.
Please join the live orientation sessions to familiarise yourself with the Online Learning Platform: Live Synchronous Demonstration Sessions via Google Meet: Familiarisation of the Online Platform (iKamva)
All sessions will be recorded and shared accordingly with attendees.
Days: 13:00 - 14:00 Click on link to join session
Monday, 29 Jan https://meet.google.com/cdv-kpwu-fky
Tuesday, 30 Jan https://meet.google.com/pkg-toxd-ntk
Wednesday, 31 Jan https://meet.google.com/row-udcg-wij
Thursday, 01 Feb https://meet.google.com/tag-rmbq-gsa
Friday, 02 Feb https://meet.google.com/wnq-budt-sja
During the online orientation demonstration, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Take a tour of the online Learning Management System- iKamva
  • Meet with current CIECT support staff
  • Familiarise yourself with resources and services to make your academic journey easier
NB: You are able to click on the link to join the session. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting: ciect@uwc.ac.za
We look forward to seeing you online at the orientation and helping you get started on a successful academic journey.
Best regards,
CIECT
Click on the link to view a list of instructional videos that you will be able to navigate at your own pace: http://tinyurl.com/57cmzb3r

Students at UWC will engage in the Learning Management System, namely iKamva.

Face-to-face lectures will be enhanced through access to the online platform where valuable resources are placed for self-study, reflection and assessment purposes. Lecture material and resources will be available online and can be retrieved via various modes of delivery. 

View our online platform, namely, iKamva (Sakai) at: https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za.

The CIECT team regularly shares good innovative practices related to the affordances of eTools for teaching-and-learning; and assessment.

The blog site (to read all posts) can be found at https://ciectblog.blogspot.com/, or visit CIECT’s YouTube channel to view educational videos and past CIECT events.

Click here to view the list of instructional videos that you will be able to navigate at your own pace. These self-directed instructional videos will enable you to prepare for online teaching, learning and assessment.

Staff / Student Support Team Email Address
iKamva, Turnitin, Google Applications and various Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) elearning@uwc.ac.za
Digital Academic Literacy - basic computer literacy  dal@uwc.ac.za
Multimedia content related to course and assessments mdt@uwc.ac.za
Google Hangouts to view and engage in your live lectures ictskillstraining@uwc.ac.za