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20 April 2021: Lessons learnt from implementing a new tool during an emergency situation: The Invigilator at Rhodes University


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Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021; 2:00pm SAST 

Session Type: Webinar (1 hour)

Description of webinar: During 2020, the Educational Technology team worked with a lecturer in the Law Faculty at Rhodes University and The Invigilator team to pilot a remote invigilation app. The focus of this webinar will be on our experiences of implementing The Invigilator app at Rhodes University during the pandemic, from piloting it in one course to preparations for a university-wide rollout. Lessons learnt include: the importance of developer support and collaboration, getting buy-in from students, lecturers and university management as well as reflecting on what is necessary to implement a new tool during an emergency situation.

The Invigilator team had a supportive approach to working with universities, and feedback from different universities led to improvement of the application. The Invigilator is a mobile and browser-based application that provides remote invigilation of online assessments. For more information, please visit https://invigilatorapp.digikamva.education/

Facilitated by:

Dr. Nicola Palitt coordinates the efforts of the Educational Technology Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University and offers professional development opportunities for academics to use technologies effectively in their roles as educators and researchers. Nicola supervises postgraduate students and co-teaches on formal courses in Higher Education. She enjoys meeting EdTech practitioners and researchers from across the globe. 

Jurie Wessels is an academic lecturing in the disciplines of Accounting and Taxation. He has been lecturing at the University of Johannesburg for the past 12 years and has a special interest in the application of technology based tools to enhance teaching and learning. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jurie has been closely involved in the development of The Invigilator mobile application that assists lecturers in maintaining the academic integrity of remote and online assessments.

Neil Kramm is based at the Educational Technology Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Research,Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University. Neil is passionate about academic development and infusing technology into teaching and learning.  He enjoys working with innovative technology solutions and implementing tech solutions that enhance teaching and learning. He is an active researcher on issues relating to educational technology, in particular, how technology is incorporated into teaching and learning.


Rhodes University Report on the Invigilator 

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Facilitating Online Course in 2021


facilitating online17 May – 9 July 2021 (Applications now closed)
2 Aug – 23 Sept 2021 (Apply by 25 June 2021)
18 Oct – 10 Dec 2021 (Apply by 10 Sept 2021)

About the course

Facilitating Online provides a solid foundation for facilitating online events and courses. It is registered as a short course at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Facilitating Online was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its support for the e/merge Africa network. It is convened by Tony Carr and co-facilitated by facilitators from across Africa.

We consider applications in the order in which they arrive so earlier applications stand a higher chance of being accepted

Recommendations by participants

“I learned many facilitation skills that I am now able to apply with my own students. I would recommend the course highly to anyone embarking on the online teaching and learning journey.”
Dr Judith McKenzie, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town.

“This course doesn’t just teach you ABOUT online Facilitation, it actually gets you to facilitate … It’s a real opportunity to learn and develop. And what’s more? It has an African taste…”
Daniel Adeboye, Online Maths Tutor, Tutor for the Future

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18 September: Arabic event: How to Create an eLearning Unit

Presenter:   Prof. Samia El Azab, University of Cairo, Egypt 

Date and Time: 18 September 2020, 3:00 pm SAST/Cairo Time (Please note new clock time)

Session format: 2 hour Webinar 

Description: The workshop aims to provide the participants the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes toward E-learning

Some of the main objectives are:

  • By the end of the workshop, every participant will be able to:
  • Defines the concept of E-learning
  • Differentiate between E-learning and traditional teaching
  • Describes the stages of E-learning development
  • Create an E-learning unit for one ILO using courselab program
  • Demonstrate the features of the program regarding title page, master page, and successive pages.
  • Demonstrate different activities using the program
  • Demonstrate how to formulate different types of questions
  • Demonstrate how to establish a test
  • Demonstrate how eContent is published

Presenter Bio: Dr. Samia El-Azab, Professor of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo University and a eLearning Expert

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Language:Please note seminar language is Arabic  



25 September 2020: The Arab film TV School- Distance Learning

Description: TBC

Presenter:    Professor Mona El-Sabban, ?professor at High Institute of Cinema-Academy of Arts-Cairo.?-Founder and director of the Arab film TV School ?www.arabfilmtvschool.edu.eg

Presenter Bio: Professor Mona El-Sabban, ?professor at High Institute of Cinema-Academy of Arts-Cairo.?-Founder and director of the Arab film TV School ?www.arabfilmtvschool.edu.eg ?- 

Language:Please note seminar language is Arabic 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mona.elsabba

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