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Reach4 The Sky

  1. 1. Towards Quality Engagement Using SAKAI to Reach4TheSky<br />Ronell van der Merwe, UNISA<br />8 July 2009<br />1<br />10th Sakai Conference - Boston, MA, U.S.A.<br />
  2. 2. 8 July 2009<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 8 July 2009<br />3<br />University of South Africa<br />Pro GenticusSapienta<br />
  4. 4. Africa’s premier distance learning institution.<br />Reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible Open Distance Learning institution<br />Internationally accredited qualifications<br />Vision” “Towards the African university in the service of humanity” <br />Partnerships in Africa and throughout the world<br />8 July 2009<br />4<br />about UNISA<br />
  5. 5. Traditionally, UNISA&apos;s main target market has been adults<br />Growing number of young people aged 24 and younger.<br />In terms of race and gender,UNISA&apos;s student profile increasingly reflects South African demographics. <br />55% Women <br />73% Black students <br />(Africans, Coloureds <br />and Indians)<br />8 July 2009<br />5<br />UNISA’s profile<br />
  6. 6. South Africans – main source of registrations.<br />Between 8 – 10% are from outside South Africa (Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mauritius, Botswana, Kenya, Swaziland)<br />From outside Africa: UK<br />8 July 2009<br />6<br />Geographical distribution<br />
  7. 7. Comprehensive institution <br />Combination of vocational and formative courses<br />Total student body count &gt; 250 000<br />Diverse choice of study fields<br />Certificate to degree<br />Animal health, agriculture, law, business, education, information technology, humanities, etc.<br />8 July 2009<br />7<br />Comprehensive and ODL institution <br />ODL = Open and Distance Learning Institution<br />
  8. 8. All study material are published on the SAKAI website.<br />All lecturers have access to the SAKAI website.<br />All students are automatically members of the online environment.<br />Students must “activate” their profile on SAKAI.<br />8 July 2009<br />8<br />SAKAI – “myUNISA” & the lecturers<br />
  9. 9. 8 July 2009<br />9<br />SAKAI – “myUNISA”<br />Stats as on 6 June 2009<br />
  10. 10. Ronell van der Merwe<br />College: Science, Engineering and Technology<br />School of Computing <br />8 July 2009<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Third year level module - DEV3M2I<br />“Cap-stone” module<br />First and Second year level modules:<br />ICT113A, ICT2612 Power Course<br />Suggestions<br />Suggestions for future development in SAKAI<br />8 July 2009<br />11<br />This presantation…<br />
  12. 12. Reaching for the sky !<br />the student,<br /> & the lecturer<br />8 July 2009<br />12<br />Towards quality engagement<br />ICT113A<br />DEV201I<br />DEV3M1I<br />DEV3M2I<br />ICT2612<br />In an ODL environment<br />
  13. 13. 8 July 2009<br />13<br />A student at UNISA can be categorized into three categories…<br />
  14. 14. 8 July 2009<br />14<br />The following were used:<br />My students and myUNISA<br />Myself and myUNISA<br /><ul><li> Enabling the student to fly high!
  15. 15. Administration tools
  16. 16. view student ‘s academic information
  17. 17. Down- and uploading of online assignments
  18. 18. Course Administration
  19. 19. Updating Examination information
  20. 20. Update Book lists
  21. 21. Capturing of assessment plans
  22. 22. Obtain MIS info regarding
  23. 23. Book list reports</li></li></ul><li>The student <br />is a final year National Diploma: Information Technology student<br />registers for the CAP-stone module<br />Development Software III – Project<br />8 July 2009<br />15<br />The bigger picture… DEV3M2I<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />2009: <br />Number of students enrolled: <br />306<br /><br />
  24. 24. 8 July 2009<br />16<br />Enrollment statistics for DEV3M2I<br />
  25. 25. The student has access to the Internet – (SAKAI).<br />The student registers on SAKAI<br />The module DEV3M2I will be one of <br /> the modules he registers for …<br />8 July 2009<br />17<br /> Enabling the student to fly high!<br />The following are requirements at enrolment:<br />
  26. 26. 8 July 2009<br />18<br />DEV3M2I<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />
  27. 27. 8 July 2009<br />19<br />Personalised Welcome Message *<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />What was in the myUNISA basket for the DEV3M2I student<br />Course Contact details *<br />during 2009?<br />Various and up-to-date Announcements<br />Official Study Material – download *<br />Active Discussion Forum *<br />Links to additional resources<br />Online Assignments *<br />Scheduler with calendar<br />Sign-up<br />Drop Box for final projects<br />* = in-house development<br /><br />
  28. 28. 8 July 2009<br />20<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />Personalised Welcomeand Course Details<br />
  29. 29. Personalised welcome letter from the lecturer<br />Student is introduced to <br />myUNISA – our version of SAKAI<br />resources available on SAKAI<br />8 July 2009<br />21<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />Personalised Welcomeand Course Details<br /><ul><li>The course details are provided, including the module’s personalised e-mail address.</li></li></ul><li>Official study material<br />Download tutorial letters<br />Additional resources:<br />Follow-up tutorial letters<br />Discussion Forum and<br />Help<br />8 July 2009<br />22<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />To help the student “fire-up” he has access to …<br /><br />
  30. 30. 8 July 2009<br />23<br />Official study material<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />
  31. 31. 8 July 2009<br />24<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />Additional Resources tohelp the student to navigate …<br />
  32. 32. Use the scheduler to plan.<br />View due dates for assignments <br />Final project evaluation <br /> dates are displayed – <br /> (dates correlate with Sign-up)<br />8 July 2009<br />25<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />To help the student to plan the route to success …<br /><br />
  33. 33. 8 July 2009<br />26<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />The student is encouraged to participate in Active and Online discussion forums<br />
  34. 34. Submit the assignments in <br />PDF format online<br />8 July 2009<br />27<br />Using myUNISA the student …<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br /><br />
  35. 35. Student has evidence that the assignment was received<br />Student keeps track of where the assignment is in the process – i.e. received, processed, marked and returned.<br />The turn-around time is faster than the normal “posted” assignments – student receives the assignment via myUNISA (e-mail)<br />The marks are available immediately.<br />8 July 2009<br />28<br />Advantages of Online assignments<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />
  36. 36. 8 July 2009<br />29<br />Enrollment Some statistics<br />
  37. 37. 8 July 2009<br />30<br />Just-in-time announcements<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br />
  38. 38. Book ONLINE using SIGN-UP<br /> and on their way!<br />8 July 2009<br />31<br />Final project evaluation …<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br /><br />
  39. 39. Use the DROP-BOX to forward the final project to UNISA.<br />8 July 2009<br />32<br />Students has the option to …<br />Enabling the student to fly high!<br /><br />
  40. 40. Additional SAKAItools used:<br />8 July 2009<br />33<br />ICT113A, DEV201I, DEV3M1I<br />Selfassessment<br />
  41. 41. 8 July 2009<br />34<br />ICT113A, DEV201I, DEV3M1I<br />LearningUnits<br />
  42. 42. PowerPoint slideshows – a PPT slideshow was created that students can download. <br />Students will also be able to download small videofiles.  <br />8 July 2009<br />35<br />Adding PPT and SWF files <br />
  43. 43. WIKI – for the development of 2010 modules<br />The WIKI will be used amongst the lecturers that will develop the ICT2612 Power Course and the Project modules for 2010.<br />8 July 2009<br />36<br />Special myUNISA options that are used in 2009!<br />
  44. 44. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” <br />UNISA can embrace the power of myUNISA (SAKAI) and use technology to reach our dream: <br />Towards the African university in the service of humanity!<br />8 July 2009<br />37<br />Nelson Mandela:<br />
  45. 45. With SAKAI::<br />Both the student and the lecturer can REACH for the SKY!!!<br />8 July 2009<br />38<br />Thus …<br />
  46. 46. Ronell van derMerwe<br />UNISA<br />School of Computing – Florida Campus<br /><br />+27 11 471 2929<br />8 July 2009<br />39<br />Questions ???<br />“Once a new technology starts rolling, if you&apos;re not part of the steamroller, you&apos;re part of the road. ”<br />Stewart Brand <br />
  47. 47. See you all in South Africa <br />for the Soccer World Cup!<br />8 July 2009<br />40<br />2010<br />