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Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

E-Learning Unit

Unit members: (Educational Technologists)

View our CELT e-Learning Services document

The Education Technology Unit of CELT has established itself as a key player in learning innovation at DUT. The unit promotes and implements e-Learning in the various programmes offered by the university. Over the last fourteen years we have offered our services to academics towards establishing an inter-disciplinary e-Learning community of practice. To date, individual lecturers who have an interest in e-Learning have attended e-Learning training on a voluntary basis.

We have seen many lecturers applying e-Learning in creative ways, focusing on solving educational problems. In preparing learners for the 21st century world of work, lecturers use e-Learning tools to stimulate learner motivation and engagement with the learning process, creating opportunities to interact with content and collaborate within learning communities. E-Learning also has many benefits for lecturers in other ways not related to distance education per se, e.g. by automating assessments and time-consuming classroom management tasks.

Wired generation Y learners are keen to learn as they live. We work to close the gap between Generation Y and lecturers, who are largely still Generation X.

We believe in blending the best of face-to-face education and online tools. Humans need contact. However we have to keep realities in mind and access to computer resources is still the biggest challenge for many institutions. In this respect mobile learning research is now exploring pushing online content to cell phones, a commodity most learners already own and depend on. It will take a while, though, to test the waters of M-Learning. Regarding what institutions like DUT offer the community, online or e-Learning requires clear communication and writing skills. It's all in the blend!

Educational Technologists / e-Learning Specialists
There are currently three persons supporting staff in developing e-Learning courses on the Blackboard Learning Management System. Each of these persons uses their own approach to fulfill this broad brief, presently they each have two Faculties that they maintain, however, this is flexible depending on their availability. It is best to liaise directly with them to confirm their availability. (See below UNIT MEMBERS for their designated Faculties).

LMS administrator
Preggy (preggyr@dut.ac.za) can be contacted for server-related issues such as integrations with the Student system, Building block suggestions, and exception requests for enrolling students that are not on the ITSS system. He is responsible for the upkeep of the Blackboard LMS, and activities related to this such as upgrades, backups, user management, integrations, and so on. Building block suggestions, and exception requests for enrolling students that are not on the ITSS system should be referred to him. He also interfaces with suppliers although this is limited to the technical aspects and not with respect to financial commitments, which can be directed to his senior (Prof T.H Ngwenya).

Help Desk is manned by Denise o’ Dwyer (deniseo@dut.ac.za) and assisted by Prega Naidoo (naidoop@dut.ac.za) who will assist with access issues (resetting of passwords if applicable), course creation, cloning of courses and related issues.

Unit Members

Educational Technologists

Ms Denise o’Dwyer
Secretary / Blackboard Help Desk
031 373 6810
deniseo@dut.ac.za
Ms Bwalya Lungu
Faculties: Applied Sciences and Engineering and the Built Environment
031 373 5378
bwalyal@dut.ac.za
Ms Gita Mistri
Faculties: Accounting & Informatics and Health Sciences
031 373 2786
gitam@dut.ac.za
Ms Marí Peté : Pioneers Online
Faculties: Arts and Design and Management Sciences
031 373 5259
mpete@dut.ac.za
Mr Preggy Reddy
Blackboard Systems Administrator
031 373 6754
preggyr@dut.ac.za
Mr Prega Naidoo
Blackboard Help Desk
031 373 6758
naidoop@dut.ac.za

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How Do I access Blackboard?
  • The web address to Blackboard is http://pilotlearn.dut.ac.za - this can be clicked on or typed in your browser location bar, and bookmarked for future ease of access.

    You would require a valid user name and password to access the courses in the Blackboard system.

    For staff users your staff number is your username and for student’s it is your student number.

  • I can log in but can’t see any courses or the course I need to access is not listed.
  • If you can login, then you need to contact your lecturer who is responsible for enrolling students into their classrooms. They can add you to their online classroom, as this process is not automatic.

  • I forgot my password
  • There are two ways to resolve this:
    1. If you have configured the Lost Password utility when you first logged in you would be able to use this to receive a link to reset your password. However, if your email address has been changed in your profile or is not valid you won’t be able to receive the link/email.
    2. Contact either Denise (deniseo@dut.ac.za) or Prega (naidoop@dut.ac.za) to get your password reset, preferably via email.

  • I need a new course to be created for me
  • If you require a new course please complete the attached form and email Prega naidoop@dut.ac.za
    (2-3 days lead time is required depending on workloads)

  • I have many students, how can I enroll them quickly?
  • We currently create new users shortly after they have registered, however, we cannot at present enroll them into individual classrooms automatically.

    Instructors can use one of processes shown in the attached batch enrollment guide to do this.