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Integrating technology

Integrating Technology into Teaching and Research

<>Inspired by the potential to build meaningful collaborative connections and the value to learn from each other, we have created collective sharing opportunities to help us open up transdisciplinary boundaries. Often, we just don’t know what is happening in other departments and units, and their work can be greatly beneficial to our’s.


Technology Talks

The global success of TED Talks inspired us to develop similar short, faculty-related, information sharing outputs that we’ve called Teaching and Educating with Technology (TET) Talks. Before the COVID pandemic hit us, we hosted monthly lunchtime sessions inviting Faculty members to bring short narratives and presentations that were “ideas worth sharing”. This initiative offered educators an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and foster constructive connections.

The TET Talk Forum offers an opportunity for both educators and students to take 5- 10 mins to share innovative ideas or experiences, talk about a new initiative, find out what resources are available or just bounce ideas off others.

For more information regarding Teaching & Educating with Technology Talks please contact Greg Doyle.

Past TET Talks

Presenter Title Description
James Irlam Evaluating the Primary Health Care approach at selected Community Based Education sites of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences The purpose is to develop and apply a set of indicators of the PHC philosophy and approach at selected FHS CBE sites. These indicators will guide the ongoing work of the PHC Working Group in promoting and evaluating the PHC approach as a lead theme in the FHS. It is also an opportunity in this 40th anniversary year of the 1978 International Declaration on PHC to learn from current best PHC practice in the Faculty.
Johan Fagan A story of 2 open access textbooks Chapters of 2 open access ENT textbooks published by Johan Fagan have been downloaded almost 1.5 million times. He will present the story of these two textbooks.
Karen Le Jeune What I forgot I know about Vula After many years of using VULA I can share what has worked well (and not so well) in my teaching, learning and assessment.
Lori Lake Teaching with technology to develop advocates for child health Drawing on lessons learned from the PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics, this presentation explores how our child rights and advocacy course takes advantage of Vula. How the affordances of a blended learning platform facilitate participation and shared learning across districts, and to ground children’s rights in professional practice.
Lynelle Govender & Maria Jose Device Drive After surveying the 2nd year MBChB class, we discovered that there were a small number of students who did not have a laptop; and found it detrimental to their learning. We will share the challenges and successes which we have experienced thus far in our project, which may prove helpful to others. Furthermore, we believe that other staff members may have valuable insight to share with us – specifically with regards to growing this project into a sustainable initiative.
Mary Shelton Primo: UCT Libraries new single search interface Finding books, eBooks, journals, articles, multimedia and much more.
Rik De Decker Exploring ideas around improving the online connectivity of cardiac cath labs in Africa We went online to receive live online advice from experts elsewhere during caths. How do we broaden this to other cath labs?
Tiroyaone Brombacher Intestine tissue hypercontractility to control egg burden following bilharzia infection A presentation on the use of PowerLab and Organ bath.

Show & Tell Faculty Sessions

Our  “Show and Tell” sessions were a regular feature in the Faculty programme opening up a platform for teaching staff to showcase their work with students whether in their classrooms, a new technology, innovative use of old technologies, or other interesting events emerging in their pedagogical practices or research.

Past events below:

Presenter(s) Title Description and link
Cheryl Brown & Genvieve Haupt BYOD at university 10 things Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) technology could change in teaching and learning
Clive Gray Immunopaedia: Advancing global immunology on-line. There appeared to be a niche in training SA registrars in immunology through clinical case studies. Although the initial focus was on HIV and paediatric immunology, over the years we have branched out to all areas of immunology and now cover both basic and clinical immunology.
Helen Buchanan Creating an online educational resource for undergraduate students: the journey and lessons learned. This presentation describes the rationale for creating an online learning resource for 2nd year occupational therapy students. The process of creating and publishing the resource was shared, along with the challenges and highlights. Further plans to complete and evaluate the resource were presented.
Juan Klopper Teaching at scale. The positives and negatives around the development of large, open online courses at a University in a developing country.
Lawrence Tucker ECG Online A Web-based electroencephalography (ECG) learning program for neurology registrars and neurologists in Africa and beyond
Lynelle Govender Teaching using audio Audio Tours in Anatomical Pathology
Phinda & Vela Njisane Four Minute Medicine for your edutainment. Four Minute Medicine hopes to complement the current formal medical curriculum as a free online educational platform. It aims to make medical content more palatable and digestible, by presenting it through various media.

Show and Tell: Past events



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  1. Lawrence Tucker – A Web-based electroencephalography (EEG) learning program for neurology registrars and neurologists in Africa and beyond
  2. Cheryl Brown & Genevieve Haupt – 10 things Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) technology could change in teaching and learning
  3. Lynelle Govender – Audio Tours in Anatomical Pathology