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Resources for better blended learning

CLTD has curated a number of resources which we think you might find useful in transitioning your online courses from Emergency Remote Learning to Better Remote and Blended Learning. We will continue to add to these resources as we find them. We hope you the resources will be of value for improving your students’ learning experiences.

Designing and building on ulwazi (Canvas)

Switching to a new Learning Management System (LMS) can be overwhelming at first especially when time is short and you need to get your course up and running at lightning speed. Click here to access the self-help guide which aims to alleviate some of that pressure by guiding you step by step through all you need to know to get your course fully operational on ulwazi.

Facilitating live sessions

Below are resources that are available to host live sessions. Please note although MS Teams is widely recommended as the most popular meeting tools are not zero-rated and should be used effectively and sparingly. We have moved to the HTML5 version of BigBlueButton, and it might now be worthwhile to explore its functionalities for live learning interactions.

Assessments

Getting started
Strategies to reduce cheating in online assessments

By now, many academics are probably wondering how online assessments can be done in a way that academic integrity is maintained. Here is an article that offers some simple strategies. Not all strategies are equally helpful and some learning areas may lend themselves more or less to the strategies mentioned. For example, the first point references levels on Bloom's taxonomy: Apart from the Taxonomy being deeply flawed, the requirement in the South African context is to ensure that assessments align with the applied competency based outcomes of the learning module. These outcomes are derived from the level descriptors applicable to the relevant NQF level of the module.

Two strategies not mentioned, are:

Gradescope

Gradescope is an assessment tool that is integrated into Ulwazi, it allows lecturers to grade and provide feedback on handwritten paper-based student work, quizzes and assignments on an online platform. The tool is well suited for grading assessments based on handwritten work, calculations, drawings or chemical structures, cells, circuits, and coding etc. With Gradescope, lecturers and students can upload written assignments to be graded. Lecturers can mark student assessments with annotation tools using text, and pencil comments as feedback using dynamic rubric. Click on the link below to watch a walkthrough video on how to use gradescope

Gradescope walkthrough video

 

Remote Learning Resources

Getting started
Quality Matters Rubrics
Emergency Remote Learning webinars

Learning and teaching policies and documents

Related Wits policies and documents
Related national policies and documents
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