Dear readers

The purpose of this blog is to:

* showcase stories of Education Innovation so that you can get more ideas to enhance your own teaching and learning practice and
* encourage you to participate in this project. For more information on how to participate, click here.


Small class examples | Large class examples | International collaboration | Other technologies | Assessment | How the project started


Small class examples (<200 students)

Ms Alecia Samuels’ story of collaboration and teaming in a Masters Degree course for Early Childhood Intervention. Post graduate module, 20 students in class, web-dependent course.

Dr Pieter Pretorius is sharing how he facilitates a post-graduate course in Engineering Management – the blend of face-to-face and clickUP. This is a web dependend module.

Dr Nico Claassen shares how he has build his courses over a six year period. The courses are presented to both under and post graduate students. He also makes use of a blended approach with lots of activities in clickUP and face-to-face interventions. Enjoy the story.

Dr Gene van Heerden and Dr Melanie Wiese is teaching a Post Graduate course in Marketing using an active learning approach.  Listen to their story on using various strategies and activities to keep the class active and to expect the unexpected.

Listen to Professor Helena Barnard's story of Education Innovation for the Doctoral Programme in Business Administration presented at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.  Their challenge is to get their students into a reflective mode and also to assist them to become academics (scholars), to engage in academic writing and reading. Through various techniques they succeed in creating an online community of practice who learn together in an online environment.

Dr Quixi Sonntag shares how they use clickUP creatively to enhance critical thinking at the Veterinary Science Faculty.


Large class examples (>201 students)

Dr Hanli Dippenaar’s story of facilitating a large class using clickUP and how she build her course over a few years. Under graduate module, 500 – 600 students in class, web-enhanced course.

Dr Martina Jordaan tells her story of dealing with 1500 – 1700 undergraduate students – how to plan, manage and organise your teaching and learning practice to be most effective and to survive such a large class with numerous projects.

Prof Anton Kok, Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning shares an overview of hybrid learning initiatives in the Faculty of Law.

Learning Analytics - Prof Oberholster and Mrs Fick explains how they are using different tools in clickUP to identify at risk students at an early stage during the Six week project that they run for first year students at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.


International collaboration

Mrs Bertha Jacobs tells her story of International collaboration (group work) with students from Iowa State University (USA) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia). This is for fourth year students and follows a blended approach.


Other technologies

Clickers Case Study at the University of Pretoria - in this presentation you will hear from various Departments how they are using clickers to engage with students in class.

The Mobile experience: Dr Ronel Callaghan shares how they are using mobile technology in the classroom.  This enable them to get their students engaged, connected and they learn while also having fun :-)

Media in skills lab training at the Faculty of Health Sciences: Prof Rhena Delport shares how they are using simulations in a case-based environment to practice certain skills.

Immersive Education: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - a story of education innovation shared by Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman, Head of the Department for Mining Engineering.

Dr Maxime Madder shares their story of conducting electronic surveys, using mobile devices, as part of a Community Based Project.


Online assessment

The following stories of education innovation was presented at the Alternative Assessment workshops.


Prof A Goddard - she shares her story of how they changed two long days of final year assessment through the innovative use of computer‐based testing. The questions used in the assessment is written in such a way that it requires higher order thinking skills to complete the assessment. The QuestUP system is used with integrated case studies.

Prof H Coetzee & Prof M Botha - they share how they have converted their written assessments to online assessments using the Test tool in clickUP.


Dr Elzette Korkie - she shares her story of how she changed her assessment from an OSCI type assessment to video assessments and the value that it added to the students' learning.

Corlia Joynt  &  Madelyn Cloete - these two ladies share how they are using clickUP tests to assist students to engage with the Financial Accounting material and the impact that this has on their students' learning.


How the coffee table book project started

Everytime when we present training, lecturers ask us for ideas of how some of the tools in clickUP has successfully been implemented in other courses. What benefits are there in using technology in your course and most important – what is the educational benefits. So, when we designed the clickUP Intermediate course, I decided to share a few stories of Education Innovation with the participants on how the Assessment tools are used and implemented in four different courses. During that time our Department also acquired the Cultivate Course Material (developed by Eiffel Corp). They had a Power Point template that looked like a book. And then I realised that I could put the information into a book format so that it looks like a book, thus the Coffee table book!

The idea has since grown. This book should be used for Stories of Education Innovation – whether it is a different way of face-to-face teaching or using clickUP tools or using other methods of teaching, they should all be told so that we can get new ideas from each other.

How to participate

If you think that what you are doing is something to share with the rest of the lecturers at UP and that it might make a difference in other people’s lifes, then please feel free to contact me (Estelle Drysdale) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I have also developed a template which you can use to put your ideas together of what you want to share and to help you tell your story.

I encourage lecturers to tell the story themselves because then you don’t have to listen to me all the time  BUT it is YOUR story to tell and not mine …

Hope you enjoy the stories and also be encouraged to share your story!

Estelle Drysdale