The COVID-19 pandemic has truly created a paradigm shift in all spheres of life. In this webinar, we focused specifically on the Walter Sisulu Institution, as they embark on the very necessary transition to online teaching.

Topics of discussion:

  • Content creation
  • An engaging student in the online environment

We had some questions during the session that we would like to share feedback on.

VISIBILITY OF CONTENT:

Question: When I select my students not to see my content, I also can’t see it when I go to student view.

Answer: The reason you may hide it is when you are still working on it or you want it to be available at a particular time.  Like for instance when they completed a certain task as a prerequisite

*This was demonstrated in the practical session that Elvis did. Please see the webinar recording too.

Question: In terms of tracking the number of views, how do you pull out the report in order to check the students who actually viewed the content.

Answer: This was demonstrated in the practical session that Elvis did. Can be watched on the Webinar.       

CONTENT AND CHAPTERS:

Question: So do you put anything under these chapters? In other words, you don’t upload any content?

A: Content needs to be added to each Chapter that is created. You can develop your content as your chapter unfolds. But you need to design a suitable structure for each chapter from introduction to subtopics of your chapter.

A: You upload content as you have done in your learner guides.

 Question: Can I upload PowerPoint slides as content? Or should it be in pdf format only?

A: PowerPoint slides can be uploaded along with other resources such as videos and images. Documents can also be uploaded in Word or PDF formats. You can upload your ppt using the attachment icon and add voice audio to those presentations if you wanted to. It is always good to upload the content you’ve developed yourself. And add PDF as an additional resource.

A: You just flip your learner guide into online learner guide using these tools,

Question: Can you convert your own ppt into a compressed video presentation and upload

A: Yes, you can also add a recording of your voice talking the learners through the content/material. Innovative ideas are supported on the platform. This helps especially if the presentation is long – it guides students through the presentation.

DATA USAGE: 

Question: In terms of data for students, will it affect them when they download a PowerPoint video?

A: The videos uploaded on the course should generally be watched/played and not downloaded as this will impact data consumption.

A: It always costly for students to download.  We, therefore, encourage lecturers to make material available that they can use offline.

Question: Are students aware of the difference between downloading and working on the material offline?

A: It is very important to make them aware of this so that they know how to see the difference.  This function depends on the platform.

PLATFORMS:

Question: What are the other online platforms, aside from WiSeUp, that one can use for effective teaching and learning?

A: Google Classroom, Zoom, Seesaw, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Microsoft Teams and many more.  The internet will also provide you with other tools if you search.

FREQUENCY OF WEBINARS:

Question: How often are we going to have these webinars

A: You are free to send requests for webinars and we will see how we can accommodate you.  We are hoping to organise more webinars but we have found that there are complaints about data usage.

A: The Discussion Forum can also be set up for when you perhaps want to have a live meeting or lesson virtually and as a live session or conducting a demonstration.

 

A Learning Management System and Student Information System are critical systems for both the education and business sectors of today. Both systems have very distinct purposes, with some features in common. With similar functionalities and capabilities, the two systems are often confused as being one and the same thing – and therefore the distinct purpose seems blurry or confusing.

To understand the purpose of each of these systems within educational institutions, it is of great importance to unpack the specific roles fulfilled by each of these systems and highlight their differences. To achieve this, it would make sense to start with the definition of each system.

Defining the LMS

The LMS (Learning Management System) or VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is a software application that is responsible for the administration of courses, documentation (like progress tracking and grading of students), reporting and delivery of learning material to students. It can also include attendance records and a student’s curriculum information. An LMS creates a virtual space where learners can connect with instructors (and vice-versa) in a controlled environment that encourages knowledge development.

Find out more about our Digikamva LMS services and solutions here.

Defining an SIS

A student information system allows educational institutions to manage student data and courses. This system’s functionalities typically include the admission, enrolment, registration of students, fees management, attendance record management, test and exam management, certificate and document management and management of programmes and courses.

The Difference?

While both the LMS and SIS have administrative functionalities, the SIS does not replace the need for systems that manage the instruction side of things. In fact, the two systems should support each other. What is the difference between these systems then?

Institution-to-student relationship: An SIS enables a university, college or school to manage its administrative relationship with its students. It literally stores and manages student information and automates the management thereof.

Instructor-to-student relationship: On the other hand, the LMS enables the lecturer or faculty to manage their instructional relationship with their students. In other words, it is used for the management of course resources – whether it is within or outside of the physical classroom.

Integration

When integrated with each other, the SIS and LMS create a relationship with students that is not only functional but improves their student experience at an institution. When choosing an SIS and LMS, it is therefore important to take note of the capabilities of each, and assign specific tasks to each system, with the integration of some, where possible and/or relevant. Integration avoids duplicate data entry, faster data management and ultimately less manual work for all, with more accurate data management.

We have LMS and SIS services and solutions that suit your unique needs. Please get in touch for an obligation-free consultation to see how we can help you.

*This article also appears on digikamva.education

Learn more about our LMS and SIS services and solutions

In this episode of The Blue Couch, we are joined by Elvis Kafilongo and Chanel Long, both professionals in the field of Instructional Design and Online Course design. With years of experience, they share the importance of encouraging online collaboration. 

We explore the benefits, fundamentals, and practices that come effectively creating an environment that cultivates and fosters online collaboration.

Join in on the fanatical learning! 

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Cost Efficiency
Why Academia Webinars
Join us as we share how Academia SIS enables your institution to grow and succeed. We will discuss and demonstrate how the main components of this Student Information System work, as well as the ease-of-use and integration capabilities.
This is a recap of our customization and integration webinar.
Please remember to join us for our next Webinar on the 23rd of May:
Webinar 3: 27 May 2020 at 11am Technology and Hosting
Webinar 4: 10 June 2020 at 11am Cost Efficiency
Webinar 5: 24 June 2020 at 11am Managing Change with SIS Implementation
Register here
Visit Academia SIS or contact us at marketing@eiffelcorp.co.za for more information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has awarded us the opportunity to reassess what we consider the norm. What used to be life as normal and business, as usual, has been put to the test. This, however, has not just brought about health concerns, it has equally enabled us to see how we can better implement various ways of teaching, learning, and collaborating online. 

Join us in this episode as we retrospect on some of the key lessons we have extrapolated from this global pandemic. There are positive outcomes after all this turmoil.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has awarded us the opportunity to reassess what we consider the norm. What used to be life as normal and business, as usual, has been put to the test. This, however, has not just brought about health concerns, it has equally enabled us to see how we can better implement various ways of teaching, learning, and collaborating online. 

Join us in this episode as we retrospect on some of the key lessons we have extrapolated from this global pandemic. There are positive outcomes after all this turmoil.

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We asked some of the Eiffel Corp team what they are grateful for during the COVID-19 pandemic and this is what they had to say:

#IAMGRATEFUL

For home deliveries.

That I work for a company that is a leader in what education needs now… go digital.

That my family is happy and healthy and all under one roof during these difficult times.

For technology so that we are still able to assist our clients and to support and come up with solutions to take them to that next level.

To have people around me at this time of lockdown, even if they drive me crazy!!

For the people and technology around and available, that enable me to continue working from home.

For all the blessings I have in life with the family, friends and colleagues that I get to share my journey with and just knowing that they are safe during this unprecedented time in our young democracy.

I am grateful that I work for an innovative company that is serious about education and provides tailored solutions to ensure the continuation of learning and teaching through innovative methods.

For the family that God has given unto me.

For the Team that has surrounded me and their willingness to share experiences as we impact the greater community of South Africa.

I am grateful, that I can enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.

For the roof over my head and warm home with family.

That our company took on the challenge to carry on serving our clients in these unprecedented times.

That in these times of separation and with the assistance of technology, we can still stay in contact with our families and colleagues wherever they may be in the world.

That God has granted me the chance to live out my dreams till the age that I am currently at.

I am grateful that I get to work for a company that is innovative and strives to enhance the African continent.

I am grateful that I have a family to spend lockdown with, to laugh and cry with and just to ‘be’ with.

I am grateful, for the amazing team I work and ‘do’ life with.

For all that I’ve learnt from my workplace, and that we are able to adapt to the new normal with technology.

For my family, especially my daughter.

To be alive and healthy.

To work at an awesome technology company that allows me to work remotely.

That my family is safe and healthy and that the Rugby World Cup was in 2019…

The fact that I have the opportunity to contribute to education in Africa during these trying times.

I am grateful to wake up every day to make a difference in society.

I am grateful to be a part of a company such as Eiffel Corp with so much diversity and innovation in terms of educational technology for the future.

To be South African (which is why the flag is in the picture) because as diverse as we are, we definitely know the sense of Ubuntu and taking care of one another.

Professionally, I’m grateful to be in an industry where innovation grows to infinity while being fortunate enough to work anywhere in the world because of the internet!

I’m so grateful to be locked up for 21 days (or more) with the two most awesome little human beings in the world……yes, sometimes they do drive me cRaZy…..but I won’t trade this precious situation for anything in the whole wide world!!

I’m grateful to be part of a company where numbers are important but PEOPLE MATTER….whether it is their employees or their clients!!

I am grateful that my mind can be actively busy with work during the lockdown.

I am grateful that I don’t have to sit in traffic!!

In a world where people are waking up to no jobs, I am grateful that I can still work and pursue my passion in these trying times.

Personally, I am grateful for the gift of life that God grants me each day.

I am grateful for my fellow South African medical, police and armed forces professionals putting their lives on the line to save thousands during the COVID-19 lockdown.

I’m grateful for an incredible team at Eiffel Corp who are creating, innovating and putting educators in the digital space first, who are doing their best in the face of new challenges.

I am grateful for my family’s love and support, my health, and that I am privileged to have a job.

I am grateful for my awesome company Eiffel Corp that allows me to live my passion.

I am grateful to work in an industry where I can work remotely.

I am grateful to be healthy and still be very optimistic about the future.

I am grateful that I work for an organisation that is able to help educators and learners through the use of innovative ideas during the lockdown.

I am grateful that I married my best friend with a great sense of humour and he is the person I am “stuck with” during the lockdown.

I am grateful for the gift of life, we often take for granted that just waking up in the morning is a huge blessing.

I am grateful to work in an industry that touches lives in such an influential manner every day and we do so with the utmost care and pride.

Grateful for health.

Grateful to work in an open-minded environment.

I am grateful to be working for a company with extraordinary people with such willpower to grow and overcome and any obstacle.

I am so grateful that my son and I get to spend so much more quality time together now. Making the most of the situation. 😊

I’m grateful that during such difficult times, I am still able to make a positive contribution to the world using technology.

Personally, I am SUPER grateful for my family and friends.

I am grateful to be working in an industry that is able to support learning institutions in continuing with quality and up to date learning in these unprecedented trying times.

I am also grateful for all our first responders and essential members of society who a gracefully working through these times to keep society functioning.

I am grateful to live in such a beautifully diverse country #imstaying.

I am grateful to work in an industry, and for a company, that truly makes a positive impact on young people’s lives.

The use of digital platforms to deliver teaching and learning is fast becoming the norm. Many instructors are adept at using personal digital devices and associated platforms. However, transferring the use of digital devices and platforms into the teaching and learning environment requires a slightly different approach. This is what this course is about.

As well as being the main resource for our Digital Teaching and Learning Essentials course, our DTX manual has been designed to act as a handbook that will continue to assist you in process of designing and developing both blended and fully online courses. The content is based on the real-world experience of our instructional designers and trainers who are constantly involved in instructional design, the development of online courses and the facilitation of courses such as this one, at a number of higher education institutions in South Africa.

We are sharing Unit 2 of our DTX manual, free to use internally at your institution.

DTX Manual Unit 2: Free Download

Complete the form to download the manual

 

EPISODE ONE

In this episode we discuss the importance and relevance of Digital Skills for Educators in this era. Joining us on this episode are highly qualified experts in Higher Education and Digital Skills. 

This discussion touches on pivotal issues that we see arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how this affected the we are able to learn and teach globally. 

We hope you will enjoy this episode!

The Blue Couch is a product of Eiffel Corp. 

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EPISODE ONE

In this episode we discuss the importance and relevance of Digital Skills for Educators in this era. Joining us on this episode are highly qualified experts in Higher Education and Digital Skills. 

This discussion touches on pivotal issues that we see arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how this affected the we are able to learn and teach globally. 

We hope you will enjoy this episode!

The Blue Couch is a product of Eiffel Corp. 

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