The Extended FYE in the Humanities faculty at UJ Najma Agherdien Instructional Designer Centre for Technology-assisted Lea...
 
Extended First Year Experience (FYE) Every 1 st  year student has a “first year experience”
… make this experience as meaningful as possible…..
Today’s students “do not just think about  different things , they actually  think differently ”.  (Prensky 2001, 42).
X 5 Pillars of FYE Humanities Faculty Orientation Tutors FAQ Booklet Tracking Lecturers
Tracking tool: a way to identify if students are engaging with the online environment/ Edulink
Benefits of the Tracking Tool <ul><li>Early warning detection – identify “at risk” students”  </li></ul><ul><li>Increase s...
Select type, then date & Run
Example of report
Example of “student tracking” report - exported
Using the Grade book tool for tracking
Click the “people link”
 
 
X3  “at risk” groups identified through tracking  <ul><li>separate emails sent at the end of wk 4/beginning wk 5 of term 1...
Why at risk? <ul><li>Did not submit assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Late registration (week 6 of term) </li></ul>
Beyond the LMS/Edulink….
Why use ?????
<ul><li>Students can reach out beyond the classroom -  global or local </li></ul>
Explore new ways to communicate -  fill the gap between email and instant messaging (IM)
Not confined to discipline….
More reasons to use Twitter….. <ul><li>designed with mobile phones in mind </li></ul><ul><li>ask a quick question </li></u...
How Humanities have used Twitter
Module: Development Studies 1A (OWS1A) <ul><li>Twitter as Information tool: </li></ul><ul><li>… .tweet as an 'ideal studen...
<ul><li>Aim was to get students enrolled on twitter  </li></ul>
Challenges: <ul><li>“… most students don't have smartphones, and wifi not activated in lecture venues; most students must ...
Twitter Feed in Edulink module
 
 
Module: Introduction to Anthropology (ATL1A) <ul><li>Students: just under 550 </li></ul><ul><li>Not used extensively – 4 t...
Facebook used far more actively: used to post links and send out reminders.
 
 
 
 
Ideas for Future use <ul><li>Back channel in class - responses during class  </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussion after clas...
Questions to think about: <ul><li>What is my pedagogical goal for using Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s working & what’s...
Dankie Keya Leboha   Ngiyabonga   Thank you
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  1. 1. The Extended FYE in the Humanities faculty at UJ Najma Agherdien Instructional Designer Centre for Technology-assisted Learning (CenTAL)
  2. 3. Extended First Year Experience (FYE) Every 1 st year student has a “first year experience”
  3. 4. … make this experience as meaningful as possible…..
  4. 5. Today’s students “do not just think about different things , they actually think differently ”. (Prensky 2001, 42).
  5. 6. X 5 Pillars of FYE Humanities Faculty Orientation Tutors FAQ Booklet Tracking Lecturers
  6. 7. Tracking tool: a way to identify if students are engaging with the online environment/ Edulink
  7. 8. Benefits of the Tracking Tool <ul><li>Early warning detection – identify “at risk” students” </li></ul><ul><li>Increase student throughput </li></ul>
  8. 9. Select type, then date & Run
  9. 10. Example of report
  10. 11. Example of “student tracking” report - exported
  11. 12. Using the Grade book tool for tracking
  12. 13. Click the “people link”
  13. 16. X3 “at risk” groups identified through tracking <ul><li>separate emails sent at the end of wk 4/beginning wk 5 of term 1 </li></ul>
  14. 17. Why at risk? <ul><li>Did not submit assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Late registration (week 6 of term) </li></ul>
  15. 18. Beyond the LMS/Edulink….
  16. 19. Why use ?????
  17. 20. <ul><li>Students can reach out beyond the classroom - global or local </li></ul>
  18. 21. Explore new ways to communicate - fill the gap between email and instant messaging (IM)
  19. 22. Not confined to discipline….
  20. 23. More reasons to use Twitter….. <ul><li>designed with mobile phones in mind </li></ul><ul><li>ask a quick question </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;eavesdrop&quot; in an acceptable way. </li></ul><ul><li>immediate feedback on the relevance of your class </li></ul><ul><li>tweet interesting insights from the week’s readings </li></ul>
  21. 24. How Humanities have used Twitter
  22. 25. Module: Development Studies 1A (OWS1A) <ul><li>Twitter as Information tool: </li></ul><ul><li>… .tweet as an 'ideal student' reminding students of submission dates, events, etc. </li></ul>Lecturers Carina van Rooyen: & Sharon Ramborosa
  23. 26. <ul><li>Aim was to get students enrolled on twitter </li></ul>
  24. 27. Challenges: <ul><li>“… most students don't have smartphones, and wifi not activated in lecture venues; most students must rely on computer access to tweet and follow discussion” </li></ul>
  25. 28. Twitter Feed in Edulink module
  26. 31. Module: Introduction to Anthropology (ATL1A) <ul><li>Students: just under 550 </li></ul><ul><li>Not used extensively – 4 tweets </li></ul>Lecturers Prof Thea De Wet & Leigh Musgrave :
  27. 32. Facebook used far more actively: used to post links and send out reminders.
  28. 37. Ideas for Future use <ul><li>Back channel in class - responses during class </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussion after class ????? </li></ul><ul><li>use it for summarising - based on section of prescribed reading of specific week </li></ul><ul><li>key message of class </li></ul>
  29. 38. Questions to think about: <ul><li>What is my pedagogical goal for using Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s working & what’s not? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I become a reflective practitioner through using Twitter? </li></ul>
  30. 39. Dankie Keya Leboha Ngiyabonga Thank you
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