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  • Good dayMy name is Ronell van derMerwe and I represent the lecturers using the SAKAI tool at the UNISA.

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  • Towards Quality Engagement Using SAKAI to Reach4TheSky
    Ronell van der Merwe, UNISA
    8 July 2009
    1
    10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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    University of South Africa
    Pro GenticusSapienta
  • Africa’s premier distance learning institution.
    Reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible Open Distance Learning institution
    Internationally accredited qualifications
    Vision” “Towards the African university in the service of humanity”
    Partnerships in Africa and throughout the world
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    4
    about UNISA
  • Traditionally, UNISA's main target market has been adults
    Growing number of young people aged 24 and younger.
    In terms of race and gender,UNISA's student profile increasingly reflects South African demographics.
    55% Women
    73% Black students
    (Africans, Coloureds
    and Indians)
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    UNISA’s profile
  • South Africans – main source of registrations.
    Between 8 – 10% are from outside South Africa (Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mauritius, Botswana, Kenya, Swaziland)
    From outside Africa: UK
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    Geographical distribution
  • Comprehensive institution
    Combination of vocational and formative courses
    Total student body count > 250 000
    Diverse choice of study fields
    Certificate to degree
    Animal health, agriculture, law, business, education, information technology, humanities, etc.
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    Comprehensive and ODL institution
    ODL = Open and Distance Learning Institution
  • All study material are published on the SAKAI website.
    All lecturers have access to the SAKAI website.
    All students are automatically members of the online environment.
    Students must “activate” their profile on SAKAI.
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    SAKAI – “myUNISA” & the lecturers
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    SAKAI – “myUNISA”
    Stats as on 6 June 2009
  • Ronell van der Merwe
    College: Science, Engineering and Technology
    School of Computing
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  • Third year level module - DEV3M2I
    “Cap-stone” module
    First and Second year level modules:
    ICT113A, ICT2612 Power Course
    Suggestions
    Suggestions for future development in SAKAI
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    This presantation…
  • Reaching for the sky !
    the student,
    & the lecturer
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    Towards quality engagement
    ICT113A
    DEV201I
    DEV3M1I
    DEV3M2I
    ICT2612
    In an ODL environment
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    A student at UNISA can be categorized into three categories…
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    The following were used:
    My students and myUNISA
    Myself and myUNISA
    • Enabling the student to fly high!
    • Administration tools
    • view student ‘s academic information
    • Down- and uploading of online assignments
    • Course Administration
    • Updating Examination information
    • Update Book lists
    • Capturing of assessment plans
    • Obtain MIS info regarding
    • Book list reports
  • The student
    is a final year National Diploma: Information Technology student
    registers for the CAP-stone module
    Development Software III – Project
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    The bigger picture… DEV3M2I
    Enabling the student to fly high!
    2009:
    Number of students enrolled:
    306
    msmcc.homestead.com
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    Enrollment statistics for DEV3M2I
  • The student has access to the Internet – (SAKAI).
    The student registers on SAKAI
    The module DEV3M2I will be one of
    the modules he registers for …
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    The following are requirements at enrolment:
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    DEV3M2I
    Enabling the student to fly high!
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    Personalised Welcome Message *
    Enabling the student to fly high!
    What was in the myUNISA basket for the DEV3M2I student
    Course Contact details *
    during 2009?
    Various and up-to-date Announcements
    Official Study Material – download *
    Active Discussion Forum *
    Links to additional resources
    Online Assignments *
    Scheduler with calendar
    Sign-up
    Drop Box for final projects
    * = in-house development
    www.weflyhotair.com
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    Personalised Welcomeand Course Details
  • Personalised welcome letter from the lecturer
    Student is introduced to
    myUNISA – our version of SAKAI
    resources available on SAKAI
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    Personalised Welcomeand Course Details
    • The course details are provided, including the module’s personalised e-mail address.
  • Official study material
    Download tutorial letters
    Additional resources:
    Follow-up tutorial letters
    Discussion Forum and
    Help
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    To help the student “fire-up” he has access to …
    www.medepalma.com
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    Official study material
    Enabling the student to fly high!
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    Additional Resources tohelp the student to navigate …
  • Use the scheduler to plan.
    View due dates for assignments
    Final project evaluation
    dates are displayed –
    (dates correlate with Sign-up)
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    To help the student to plan the route to success …
    middlezonemusings.com
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    Enabling the student to fly high!
    The student is encouraged to participate in Active and Online discussion forums
  • Submit the assignments in
    PDF format online
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    Using myUNISA the student …
    Enabling the student to fly high!
    phoenix.about.com
  • Student has evidence that the assignment was received
    Student keeps track of where the assignment is in the process – i.e. received, processed, marked and returned.
    The turn-around time is faster than the normal “posted” assignments – student receives the assignment via myUNISA (e-mail)
    The marks are available immediately.
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    Advantages of Online assignments
    Enabling the student to fly high!
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    Enrollment Some statistics
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    Just-in-time announcements
    Enabling the student to fly high!
  • Book ONLINE using SIGN-UP
    and on their way!
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    Final project evaluation …
    Enabling the student to fly high!
    www.bravemain.com
  • Use the DROP-BOX to forward the final project to UNISA.
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    Students has the option to …
    Enabling the student to fly high!
    www.freedigitalphotos.net
  • Additional SAKAItools used:
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    ICT113A, DEV201I, DEV3M1I
    Selfassessment
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    ICT113A, DEV201I, DEV3M1I
    LearningUnits
  • PowerPoint slideshows – a PPT slideshow was created that students can download.
    Students will also be able to download small videofiles.  
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    Adding PPT and SWF files
  • WIKI – for the development of 2010 modules
    The WIKI will be used amongst the lecturers that will develop the ICT2612 Power Course and the Project modules for 2010.
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    Special myUNISA options that are used in 2009!
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
    UNISA can embrace the power of myUNISA (SAKAI) and use technology to reach our dream:
    Towards the African university in the service of humanity!
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    Nelson Mandela:
  • With SAKAI::
    Both the student and the lecturer can REACH for the SKY!!!
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    Thus …
  • Ronell van derMerwe
    UNISA
    School of Computing – Florida Campus
    vdmerwer@unisa.ac.za
    +27 11 471 2929
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    Questions ???
    “Once a new technology starts rolling, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. ”
    Stewart Brand
  • See you all in South Africa
    for the Soccer World Cup!
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    2010