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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