Guidelines for Using iKamva, the Online Learning Platform

As a student support strategy and to encourage interaction between students and lecturers, lecturers will be using iKamva, the online learning platform, for all SOPH Modules this year.

What is iKamva?
iKamva is the online learning and collaboration environment used by the UWC community. iKamva is used to support UWC courses, or modules, and project sites which are initiated by the community. The word "iKamva" means "future", which refers to the way in which the social and technological developments are advancing and moving forward.

Why is iKamva used?
iKamva is an eLearning platform which accommodates different types of sites. Examples of types of sites are:
• UWC course/module sites: which allow the use of a range of different eTools such as eAssessment, communication and content creation.
• Project sites: which provide a central space for collecting and reflecting on project data by different community groups.
How do I log into iKamva?
To log in to iKamva you need to open up your internet browser (eg. Google Chrome or Moxilla Firefox are recommended) and search for https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za . This should take you to the screen shown below. You then have to log in, if already a registered student, with your Student number (User ID) and if you are a non-South African student use your Date of Birth as the Password (format: yyyymmdd) and South African students use your 13 digit ID number toaccess the course sites of modules that you have registered for. If you are not a registered student as yet, you will receive your log in details by email.

Upon login with your correct details you should be able to see the screen shown below with two main toolbars; Home and Sites :

Home: Overview
What it does
Home is an individual online worksite that functions as a private workspace for each user. When you log in, you will automatically open Hom, which will display the Message of the Day and My Personal Workspace Information boxes. By default, these boxes contain announcements, the calendar, and information from the iKamva system administrator.
Key Features
In Home, you can perform various tasks, including:
• Uploading files in your own private Resources tool. Material uploaded can be accessed on any device, wherever you may be as long as you sign in as yourself. You can save drafts or backup copies of work in progress in My Workspace Resources
• Viewing an integrated Schedule for all course sites in which you participate
• Viewing Announcements from all your course sites
• Creating your own private Schedule items
• Viewing a list of all sites you belong to in Worksite Setup
• Revising worksites you own by adding users or changing tools
• Choosing how you would like to be notified of new or changed items on sites you belong to in the Preferences tool
• Adding yourself to publicly joinable sites with the Membership tool
• In My Workspace, you can print a PDF file of all your Schedule events for the day, week, or month.

How we will use the iKamva sites:
● Note that there will be different sites for general communications from the student administrators, and modules.
● The Student Administrators will send you Programme notifications and Memos through the site; if it is for a specific group of students, the subject line will say so, e.g. Att Mini-thesis students; because you receive the announcement as an email, you don’t necessarily need to access the site to see the announcement.
● All such communications will remain on the site: this means it will serve as a kind of filing cabinet.
● For all Modules, lecturers will use the sites as learning tools - to clarify questions, for group discussions, to facilitate group tasks and for interactive learning. Students are often better at explaining difficult concepts to each other than lecturers are; so we encourage you as students to offer your capacity and experience to your fellow students by sharing insights and questions!

In using iKamva, please observe the following etiquette:

▪ No offensive or discriminatory content;
▪ No commercial messages;
▪ No invitations to join Facebook or Linked-in via the site;
▪ No assignments to be sent in this way;
▪ No sharing of the mailing list except for programme purposes;
▪ You may share interesting or important resources, websites or events via the iKamva Communication site;
▪ You may communicate problems or questions to other students, or link up with smaller groups if you wish to;
▪ Important: Do not hit the “Reply” button just to say thank-you! If you “Reply”, every one of us receives an email. This is bad practice as it fills up everyones’ email boxes. So even if you feel grateful, don’t just hit the Reply button!

SOPH PGD/MPH Student Communication 2018 on iKamva: Overview

What it does
This site is open to only Students, Lecturers and Administrators of the School of Public Health, UWC. By clicking on this toolbar you automatically land on the Home page which contains general SOPH announcements. This site will be used for communication purposes mostly by the Student Administrators, Corinne and Janine
All students, lecturers and student administrators will be added to the SOPH Communication site. The value of this site is that we can communicate with the whole group at one time, invite responses, and the conversation will be archived in one place (on the site) so that you don’t have to search through all your emails. So if you need the Programme Handbook in July, you can go to the SOPH Communication site and find it straight away!


SOPH Module Sites

The individual Module sites will contain all the information relevant to that module. The beauty of this facility is that everything is one place and can be accessed wherever you are as long as you have internet access. Each Module will include a Module Welcome, Learning Outcomes, Assessments, Study Schedule, Module Guide, Readings and any Additional Resources relevant to the respective module, such as videos.

Announcements pertaining to the module will be sent to students by the module convenor via the module site. Several modules have Discussion Forums and these will be lodged on the iKamva module site. In most cases participation in Discussion Forums is compulsory but we will inform you about them when you commence the module.

In addition to this brief description of What and How iKamva will be used, you can also watch videos to help you use the different tools including logging on to iKamva developed by the UWC Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT)  youtube channel.

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