Towards Quality Engagement Using SAKAI to Reach4TheSky P van derMerwe, UNISA 3 July 2009 1 10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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3 July 2009 3 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 3 July 2009 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) 3 July 2009 5 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 3 July 2009 6 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. 3 July 2009 7 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. 3 July 2009 8 SAKAI – “myUNISA” & the lecturers
3 July 2009 9 SAKAI – “myUNISA” Stats as on 6 June 2009
Ronell van der Merwe College: Science, Engineering and Technology School of Computing 3 July 2009 10
Third year level module - DEV3M2I Quick trip on what happened during 2008 with DEV3M2I on myUNISA (SAKAI) First and Second year level modules: ICT113A, ICT2612 Power Course Suggestions Suggestions for future development in SAKAI 3 July 2009 11 This presentation …
Reaching for the sky ! the student, & the lecturer 3 July 2009 12 Towards quality engagement ICT113A DEV201I DEV3M1I DEV3M2I ICT2612 In an ODL environment
3 July 2009 13 A student at UNISA can be categorized into three categories…
3 July 2009 14 The following were used: My students and myUNISA Myself and myUNISA
Enabling the student to fly high!
view student ‘s academic information
Down- and uploading of online assignments
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 3 July 2009 15 The bigger picture… DEV3M2I Enabling the student to fly high! 2009: Number of students enrolled: 306 msmcc.homestead.com
3 July 2009 16 Enrollment statistics for DEV3M2I
The student has access to the Internet – & myUNISA. The student registers on myUNISA The module DEV3M2I will be one of the modules he registers for … 3 July 2009 17 Enabling the student to fly high! The following are requirements at enrolment:
3 July 2009 18 DEV3M2I Enabling the student to fly high!
3 July 2009 19 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
3 July 2009 20 Enabling the student to fly high! Personalised Welcomeand Course Details
Personalised welcome letter from the lecturer Student is introduced to myUNISA resources available on myUNISA 3 July 2009 21 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 3 July 2009 22 Enabling the student to fly high! To help the student “fire-up” he has access to … www.medepalma.com
3 July 2009 23 Official study material Enabling the student to fly high!
3 July 2009 24 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) 3 July 2009 25 Enabling the student to fly high! To help the student to plan the route to success … middlezonemusings.com
3 July 2009 26 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 3 July 2009 27 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. 3 July 2009 28 Advantages of Online assignments Enabling the student to fly high!
3 July 2009 29 Enrollment Some statistics
3 July 2009 30 Just-in-time announcements Enabling the student to fly high!
Book ONLINE using SIGN-UP and on their way! 3 July 2009 31 Final project evaluation … Enabling the student to fly high! www.bravemain.com
Use the DROP-BOX to forward the final project to UNISA. 3 July 2009 32 Students has the option to … Enabling the student to fly high! www.freedigitalphotos.net
3 July 2009 34 ICT113A, DEV201I, DEV3M1I LearningUnits
View student’s academic information ONLINE assignments Download PDF documents Mark “online” using Adobe Professional Upload feedback and results 3 July 2009 35 Myself and myUNISA – Administration tools
Add and update Examination information 3 July 2009 36 Myself and myUNISA – Course Administration
Update booklist for 2009 3 July 2009 37 Myself and myUNISA – Course Administration
3 July 2009 38 Myself and myUNISA – Course Administration Capturing of assessment plans for 2009
Extracting of book list report 3 July 2009 39 Myself and myUNISA – MIS reports
The following modules will be offered as ODL modules using myUNISA ICT113A – Introduction to Web Design ICT2612 – Interactive Programming DEV3M2I – Development Software III – Project Development of 2010 modules 3 July 2009 40 The way forward 2009
Drop-down box Students will be requested to “drop” two of their assignments (projects) into the Drop Box. These projects will be marked online and taken into consideration for the examination mark. 3 July 2009 41 Special myUNISA options that will be used in 2009!
3 July 2009 42 News Letters
PowerPoint slideshows – a PPT slideshow was created that students can download. Students will also be able to download small videofiles. 3 July 2009 43 Adding PPT and SWF files
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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. 3 July 2009 45 Special myUNISA options that are used in 2009!
DROP BOXES Use student numbers instead of the student’s surname and name Reason: It is very difficult to determine who has submitted assignments, since there could be more than one student with exactly the same surname and initials. 3 July 2009 46 Suggestions / requests for future SAKAI development.
Class lists Allow the lecturers to draw class lists to indicate who has submitted Projects (drop box) Participated in discussion forums (maybe as a %) 3 July 2009 47 Suggestions / requests for future SAKAI development.
SIGN-UP tool Allow the lecturer to create personalised messages when inviting students. Use student numbers instead of the student’s surname and name. (Same reason as with Drop-Boxes) Allow the lecturer to enable / disable “Waiting list” Printout of all the created time slots and the lists of students Option for the lecturer to indicate afterwards whether the student did attend/or not the class. 3 July 2009 48 Suggestions / requests for future SAKAI development.
With SAKAI:: Both the student and the lecturer can REACH for the SKY!!! 3 July 2009 49 Thus …
“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! 3 July 2009 50 Nelson Mandela:
Ronell van derMerwe UNISA School of Computing – Florida Campus firstname.lastname@example.org +27 11 471 2929 3 July 2009 51 Questions ??? “Once a new technology starts rolling, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. ” Stewart Brand