Wednesday 5th June, 2013
3:45pm to 4:30pm
Our course reflects both innovative pedagogical and technological strategies. Pedagogically we endeavored to "decipher" the process of research design and engage students' interest by creating the metaphor of "telling a story about a puzzle that you intend to solve." The storyline enabled students to develop a concise, jargon-free way to describe the components of their proposed research.
Technologically we used the Lesson Builder in Sakai to structure an electronic course organizer that followed the same 11 pieces of the puzzle and linked these internally to presentations by experts who came to tell their "research stories"; Opencast recordings; online readings; summaries of class activities and key questions as well as artifacts (e.g. photos of group activities, diagrams on the Panaboard). External links included those to Google Docs which contained our typed lecture notes on which students were invited to comment; and specific research design websites, amongst other things.
Each element was developed as the course progressed to avoid overwhelming students with a complex site and many readings and so we literally "pieced together the puzzle" as we went along.
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Educational Technology
Dr Cheryl Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town where she has worked as a researcher and lecturer for the past 10 years. She completed her PhD in Information Systems in 2011 focusing on what technology means to students and how this influences the way they use technology at university. Her research focuses on are digital literacy and identity particularly amongst first year university students. She teaches in the Centers' postgraduate program in Information and Communication Technologies in Education and is a member of the Universities First Year Experience Advisory Committee.
Associate Professor, Centre for Educational Technology
Prof Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is an Associate Professor of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education and has over 20 years experience in the field of e-learning. She is the coordinator of the Mellon Scholarship Programme, which sponsors colleagues from higher education institutions in Africa to undertake post graduate studies in ICTs in Education at the University of Cape Town and convenes courses within the MEd Programme. She has supervised over 25 Master and PhD students.
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