23 September 2015 Volume :3 Issue :44

Promoting UKZNTube in Health Sciences Education

Promoting UKZNTube in Health Sciences Education
UKZNTube promoted at the Medical campus.

College of Health Sciences (CHS) academics are impressed by the innovative teaching and learning early users of the Institution’s video platform, UKZNTube, have enjoyed.

‘This new technology, which can be accessed via http://ukzntube.ukzn.ac.za/, enables academics to engage with today’s techno-savvy students through stimulating interactive lecturers in ways like never before,’ said CHS Visual Learning expert and UKZN User Adoption and Training Specialist, Ms Lyn Whiteley.

UKZNTube is a software platform which delivers a great viewer experience for the University community as it integrates with a multitude of other collaboration and communication tools like Moodle and provides powerful functionality to a broad spectrum of use cases.

These functions include training of dispersed students, live broadcasting of lectures, engaging of employees and students in rich collaboration efforts and recording of video based conversations taking place in other applications within the University.

Speaking at a UKZNTube workshop on the Medical campus, Whiteley said students could watch lectures on or off campus with pause, rewind and catch up to live features as well as bi-directional questioning.  Lecturers could assign on-demand videos to students with optional question gateways which gauge their understanding as they progress through the series or before class attendance,’ she added.

Whiteley’s presentation at the workshop was titled: “Visual Learning: Extending the Classroom in Mobile Date Delivery”.

In 2013, the CHS invested in new Proline Tablet PCs as part of a cutting-edge Visual Learning Project  being piloted at UKZN in order to achieve a number of goals in the University’s Teaching and Learning space; particularly providing a mechanism to stream lectures live, and record lectures for later on-demand viewing.

UKZNTube features include live broadcast (either video and PPT or audio and PPT); pre-recorded content; flipped learning; playlists and question gateways, as well as interactive questions. To date more than 1 300 videos have been recorded.

Occupational Therapy Senior Tutor, Mrs Debbie Fewster, and the School of Clinical Medicine’s Professor Ted Sommerville, said the possibility of pre-recording material for prior viewing and using flipped learning would allow students to deal with difficult questions during lectures.

The Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences, Professor Mahmoud Soliman, agreed that keeping abreast with the latest global trends in teaching and learning was of benefit to both academics and students.

A presentation was delivered by School of Nursing and Public Health technician, Ms Fiona Walters, who highlighted the benefits of using the eLearning platform, Learn@UKZN, during the workshop.

 Lunga Memela

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