Centre for Software Engineering (CENSE)

short course: mobile technology in teaching and learning 76810)


The main purpose of empowering the person with knowledge and skills to use mobile learning is:

  • To introduce the educator to the unique affordances of mobile technology in the educational context;

  • To empower the person in educational situations to harness the unique affordances of mobile technologies in an effective and efficient manner;

  • To critically investigate mobile technology and applications for their usefulness in a given educational context

Target Group
People who wish to gain skills in the use of mobile devices to enhance teaching and learning. Applicants require basic mobile phone-, Windows and Internet skills. A teaching qualification is recommended but not mandatory.

Admission Requirements

  • Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification

  • Internet access

  • Mobile phone (smart phone with Internet access)

  • A teaching qualification is recommended but not mandatory

Semester Course

Language Medium

Registration periods

See http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za/register.html

Tutition Method
The Unisa open and distance method for blended learning will be followed. Study material will be provided according to the model for blended learning. At least one compulsory assignment has to be submitted for evaluation and feedback. Feedback will ensure interaction with learners and this may be re-enforced through the use of online discussion sessions and social media technologies.

 Kind of Assessment
Note: Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies. 

Formative assessment: will be used in the feedback on assignments.

Summative assessment: will be implemented in the evaluation of a portfolio. A certificate from Unisa will be awarded to candidates after obtaining a final mark of at least 50%.

Short course in Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning (CSMT01E)
HEQF Level of Module - 5

Credits of Module – 12

Orientation and awareness

  • Definition and examples of mobile devices used in teaching and learning. For example the types of devices (e.g. Smart phone, feature phone, low end).

  • Best practices in using mobile devices (Mobiquette)

  • Ethical and legal considerations in using mobile devices (Creative Commons etc.)

  • Cost

Exploration of mobile technologies in teaching and learning

  • Services: Short Message Service, Media Message Service, Black Berry Messenger

  • Applications (examples could change to keep up with technology trends): Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Mixit

Practical implementation of the use of mobile technologies in teaching and learning in a specific context

  • Assessment of the students teaching and learning context

  • Development of a mobile technology teaching and learning profile consisting of appropriate services and applications.

Exploration of the educators roles and responsibilities in the ethical use of technology

  • Identify ethical issues in the use of mobile technology in education

  •   Identify issues in their own context of using mobile technology in education

Course Fee
The fee for this course is R4000.00 (full course fees payable on registration).

Study package
All study material will be available on the myUnisa learning management system.

Course leader
Ms. D. van Heerden
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 5
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189
Fax: 011 670 9174/9274
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za

Programme administrator

Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189

Fax: 011 670 9174/9274
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za