Educational Technology

CTL collaborate with individuals, schools or faculties to enhance modules with the integration of technology into teaching practices using a sound pedagogical approach. The CTL team have several Educational Technologists who work with academic staff to explore technology that contribute to enhancing the learning experience of students. CTL Education Technologists work with individuals or groups to develop a storyboard and plan for successful integration of technology into their teaching practices. This may include:

  • software based support such as setting up and creating eFundi Lessons;
  • identifying online tools to enhance collaboration or development of support material for students in order to use technology effectively
  • assisting with design of elements such as custom designs for powerpoints
  • developing student activities making use of technology available on the relevant campus

The team works closely with Instructional Designers and Multimedia designers to identify ways CTL can contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning experiences at NWU.

The team also includes CTL Helpdesk staff who assist with the training of academic staff on the use of hardware available for booking out and the use of supported software. In addition to consultation, CTL provides technology resources and guides that can help academic staff incorporate technology into their teaching, online and in class.

What is Teaching and Learning Technology?

CTL considers technology to include any methods or tools that can be used to solve problems academics or students face or to assist academics in achieving a certain goal. It can include typical resources such as pens and paper to presentation software and hardware such as tablets/iPads. An Education Technologist can help academic staff determine the most suited technology depending on what they need to accomplish.

Online teaching technology tools

The tools below can help you convert your content for remote teaching. For guidelines on how to rethink your module for the transition to online learning see the CTL contingency support page Keep on Teaching and Learning. Ensuring student access should be central to all your planning. Adhere to the 5 guiding principles: Teaching NWU students online must be eFundi-based, Mobile-friendly, Low Tech, Low Data and Low Immediacy.

Take note: if you click on the icons of the tools it will direct you to a youtube tutorial on how to use the tool. Further tutorials and download/access instructions are included in the descriptions of the tools.

 

Our recommended recording and video compression tools and tutorials for remote teaching

Save your student's data:

View this tutorial on how to embed self-recorded videos and audio files in Lessons and prevent it from downloading.

 

Screen recording tools:

 Record screencast video, audio-only, narrated PowerPoint

 No Webcam recording

 Cannot export one recording in audio-only and video

 Resizable screen capture window

 No screen annotations

PowerPoint 2016 not only allows you to record your presentation but also any area of your computer screen. These recordings can be saved as separate video files (MP4). Look at the step-by-step tutorial View these tutorial videos to see how to do a screen recording and an audio recording in PowerPoint 2016. 


 Record screencast video

 No Webcam recording, no audio-only

 Cannot export one recording in audio-only and video

 Resizable screen capture window

 Screen annotations (type, draw)

EZLive allows users to perform screen recordings with annotations. It allows you to draw and type anywhere on your screen. EZLive is ideal for software demonstrations. See a tutorial here. Download EZLive here.


 Record webcam, screencast video, audio-only

 Export one recording in audio-only (M4A file) and video (MP4) 

 No resizable screen capture window

 No screen annotations

Zoom can be used to meet with your colleagues online, with or without video. All participants can share their screens and the session can be recorded.  You can also use Zoom to record your classes in video and audio-only format. View this tutorial to see how to record a narrated PowerPoint using Zoom. View this tutorial series for the whole process from opening a Zoom account, recording and uploading to eFundi Resources. You also have access to mutiple tutorials created by Zoom. Download Zoom here.

Caution: Depending on the student profile and student access to the internet it is NOT recommended to use Zoom for live interaction with students. Zoom is data intensive. Students may not have unlimited access to data. Their WiFi may not be stable.

    More tools:

    Video editing and compression tool:

    OpenShot is free video editing software that is easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful. Use it to combine and edit self-recorded videos, adjust existing open educational videos, and compress videos (reduce the file size). View these tutorials on how to install on PC and MAC. View these tutorial on how to edit on PC and MACDownload OpenShot here.


    Video compression tool:

    HandBrake is free software with which you can compress videos (decrease the file size). It is very easy to use. One can for instance decrease a 500mb video file to only 60mb. We have created a tutorial on how to use HandbBrake to decrease the file size of a video. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use HandBrake, created by one of NWU's lecturers. Get HandBrake here.


    DIY Document camera

    Click here to view the tutorial on how to make a document camera with your cellphone and a paper cup.


    Tutorials for recording from home


      eFundi tools:

      The eFundi Helpdesk strive to support lecturers as best they can. For this purposes they have a list of tutorials that serve to empower both staff and students in the use of eFundi and its available tools, such as Assignments, Gradebook and Test & Quizzes.

      eFundi Lessons Online Training empowers lecturers to the enhance the learning experience with engaging study material and relevant and effective online activities. This training will prepare lecturers with the technical skills and instructional knowledge to develop interactive learning experiences on eFundi Lessons. (Coming soon!)

      If your students have eFundi problems kindly direct them to our Student Tutorial page. If they can still not solve the problem they are welcome to contact the eFundi Helpdesk.

       

      Screen recording tools:

      PowerPoint not only allows you to record your presentation but also any area of your computer screen. These recordings can be saved as seperate video files (MP4). Look at the step-by-step tutorial or view the video by clicking on the icon above.

      Screencast-O-Matic is a free online screen capture tool. This tool records a designated area of your screen as well as audio and webcam input. You can use this tool to record narrated presentations or demonstrations and produce the recordings as videos for your courses. Visit Screencast-o-matic here. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use Screencast-o-matic, created by one of NWU's lecturers.

      Screencastify is a Chrome browser extension that records your screen, face, voice, and more. Chrome add an icon to the browser window with which the recording function can instantly be activated. Screencastify automatically upload recorded videos and provide a sharable link. Get Screencastify here.

       

      Video editing and compressing tools:

      HandBrake is free software with which you can compress videos (decrease the file size). It is very easy to use. One  can for instance decrease a 500mb video file to only 60mb. We have created a tutorial on how to use Handbreak to decrease the file size of a video. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use Handbreak, created by one of NWU's lecturers.  Get Handbrake here.

       Wondershare Filmora is video editing software geared toward beginner, novice and casual users. Anyone can learn to use this software, regardless of their skill level, and the end results look and sound fantastic.

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      Web conferencing tools:

      Zoom allows users to meet online, with or without video. Sessions can be recorded and screens can be shared. Zoom can also be used to record lessons in video and audio-only format. You have access to multiple tutorials created by Zoom. You have access to mutiple tutorials created by Zoom. Download Zoom here.

      Skype is a free web-based communication tool which allows people to video conference, make calls, and instant message. Skype provides a variety of educational opportunities for classrooms. Students can connect with other students, increase their knowledge, and interact with other cultures. The NWU has a business account for Skype.

      Audio recording tools:

      Anchor is a completely free online tool with which audio clips can be recorded, compiled as episodes, automatically distributed to podcast players, and downloaded. Anchor.fm also has a player component which can easily be embedded on the Lessons/Web Content tool in eFundi. You can also download episodes from Anchor to make it available via Resources/Lessons for offline use.

      Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows and macOS. Audio can be recorded, edited, combined and exported as audio files. Download Audacity here.

      Vocaroo is an online tool that allows users to record, send, and download audio files. No account is needed and no downloads required. Simply click the record button and then the download button. Visit Vocaroo here.

       

      GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS and iOS devices that allows users to create music or podcasts.

      Student collaboration tools:

      Padlet is a virtual interactive platform, where students and lecturers can collaborate, reflect, share and develop ideas and concepts. The NWU has a padlet account that allows you to create unlimited Padlets. It is integrated with eFundi as an external tool which allows palet to show student's names when they contribute posts. Log into eFundi and then  do the Padlet tutorial on the eFundi Staff Training site.

      G Suite is a suite of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google. Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Word, so is Google Sheets similar to Excel and Google Slides to PowerPoint. All NWU staff and students have been given a google account. Log into Google/Gmail with the following account name : staffnumber@g.nwu.ac.za.

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      Multimedia tools:

      Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create infographics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.

      Sway is a free app from Microsoft Office that helps gather, format, and share content on an interactive, web-based canvas that looks great on almost any screen.

      Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use online tool that allows non-designers to create professional quality graphics, short promotional videos, and impressive single-page web “stories.”


       

      Educational learning and technology spaces per campus:

      CTL offers services to support meaningful technology integration that enhance the teaching and learning experience of staff and students.

       

      Each campus has learning and technology spaces unique to the campus. When using any of these spaces for the first time, feel free to contact an Education Technologist on the relevant campus to book a playdate. A playdate will entail the following: An introduction to the technology available in the chosen space; a practical experience; discussion regarding integration of chosen technology into teaching and learning.

      As stated in Memo 20 of 2018 released by Prof Robert Balfour, NWU DVC Teaching and Learning, the NWU recognises the inequity of resources distribution which has a direct impact on the quality of teaching-learning in terms of the student experience on all three campuses. He, however, encouraged the academic community to "not only address these challenges, but also to innovate in terms of team-teaching, multimodal learning and curriculum redesign" and stated, "What is expected is that students across campuses have a similar quality of educational experience and the best possible opportunity to succeed."

      Even though CTL is working hard towards an equal distribution of resources provided, we encourage staff to take up the challenge and work with CTL to find innovative ways to work together despite the differences in availability of resources per campus.

      Below please find a list of the resources provided by CTL according to campus.

      Mahikeng Campus

      • One Button Studio (link to OBS page)
      • Maker Space (click to learn more – where can they find info?)

      Potchefstroom Campus

      • Commons (click to learn more – where can they find info?)
      • One Button Studio (coming soon)

      Vanderbijlpark Campus

      • One Button Studio (link to OBS page)
      • Recording Studio (link to Rec studio page)

      Educational learning and technology available for checkout per campus:

      Mahikeng Campus

      • X number Android tablets
      • Padcaster
      • 1 x 360 camera
      • 40 x Google Goggles

      To book any of the abovementioned equipment click here

      Potchefstroom Campus

      • Padcaster
      • 1 x 360 camera
      • 40 x Google Goggles

      To book any of the abovementioned equipment click here

      Vanderbijlpark Campus

      • 80 x iPad
      • 14 x iPad Mini
      • 4 x Video Camera (with tripod)
      • 1 x Portable Aver Document Camera
      • 1 x Logitech Conference Camera
      • 2 x Logitech wireless presenter (clicker)
      • 1 x Equil Smart Marker
      • Mecer Digimemo 
      • Mimio (Capture, pad & teach)
      • 1 x 360 camera
      • 40 x Google Goggles
      • Cables for the following:
        • Connecting your iPad or tablet to a projector/TV
        • Connecting your Mac to the internet
        • Connecting your laptop to a projector/TV

      To book any of the abovementioned equipment click here

      Click here to book the iPads

       

      Meet the team

      The Educational Technologists:

      Contact us if you need help with Instructional design, multimedia design and development (effective use of multimedia for learning training)

      Mrs  Elne  van Niekerk
      016 910 3317
      elne.vanniekerk@nwu.ac.za
      Building 13, Office SL320
      Vaal Campus

       

      Ms Letshego Mabale
      letshego.mabale@nwu.ac.za
      Building E8, Office 115
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      Mrs Suzan Laubscher
      016 910 3030
      suzan.laubscher@nwu.ac.za
      Building 13, Office SL322
      Vaal Campus

       

      Mr Thamie Ndlovu
      018 389 2441
      thamie.ndlovu.nwu.ac.za
      Building A3, Office G80
      Mahikeng Campus

       

      Ms Zingisa Ngwane
      zee.ngwane@nwu.ac.za
      Building E8, Office 115
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      The Instructional Designers:

      Contact us if you need help with Instructional design, multimedia design and development (effective use of multimedia for learning training)

       

      Mrs Alrike Claassen
      018 299 1852
      alrike.claassen@nwu.ac.za
      Building E8, Office K34B
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      Ms Benita Jansen 
      018 299 2693
      benita.jansen@nwu.ac.za 
      Building E8, Office K34C
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      Ms Liana Venter
      018 299 1865
      liana.venter@nwu.ac.za
      Building E8, Office K34A
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      Ms Zama Mlotshwa
      018 299 2127
      zama.mlotshwa@nwu.ac.za 
      Building E8, Office K34D
      Potchefstroom Campus

       

      TAKE NOTE! New campus-wide eFundi helpdesk process:
       
      Log an IT-help ticket
       
      1. Follow this link: https://support.nwu.ac.za/Login/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

      2. Log in with your CAS details

      3. Click on “Something is not working”

      4. Under the “Teaching and Learning Technology Support” heading, click on the appropriate option

      5. Complete the form. Please provide as much details as possible

      6. In case of error messages, attach a screenshot, it will help resolve the issue faster

       

      Send us an email

      Send an email to efundi-nwu@nwu.ac.za with as much detail as possible.
      Remember to include your staff number, module code and the problem that you are experiencing.

       

      Phone the helpdesk

      The various eFundi Helpdesk numbers below are available between 8:00 AM and 16:45 PM.

      Mahikeng Campus:
      018 389 2312
      018 389 2447

      Potchefstroom Campus:
      018 299 2003
      018 285 2295

      Vanderbijlpark Campus:
      016 910 3035
      016 910 3038

       

      Tutorials for recording from home