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Siyavula Connexions Training Manual for Educators

Module by: Neels van der Westhuizen. E-mail the author

Summary: A training manual for the Siyavula or other educators on using the Connexions platform.

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Workgroups Guide & Technical Workbook for Teachers

2nd Edition October 2009

Introduction

This training manual was created by the Siyavula project for educators in South Africa. The Siyavula project and supporting training material convers two main focus areas:

  • The first looks at how to build healthy and sustainable communities of educators working together and sharing resources.
  • The second looks at the technical aspects of the website and how to use the Connexions platform. The readers will notice that in some sections the manual focuses specifically on the Siyavula resources and lenses, but the principles holds true for any other resources and lenses.

The manual is broken up into five separate .pdf files which are available for download. The first one deals with the community aspects and the remaining four with technical aspects of using the Connexions platform.

Introduction and Setting up your own Workgroup

Section 1: Introduction Part 1 of the manual deals with the Siyavula project in general and explains how Siyavula, Connexions and all the other partners fit together. It also covers our suggestions for starting to form your own workgroups, for support and the sharing of resources.

Introduction to teachers (page 3)

Understanding CONNEXIONS and Siyavula (page 10)

Section 2: Setting up your own workgroup workcards

1. Introduction to workgroup workcards (page 15)

2. Planning and launching a new Siyavula workgroup .(page 16)

3. Running the first meeting (page 20)

4. Running the second meeting (page 26)

5. Running the third meeting (page 31)

6. Hints for running a successful group (page 36)

7. Running a productive workgroup meeting (page 38)

Download Introduction and Setting up your own Workgroup.pdf

Technical Training Casual User workcards

Section 3: The second part deals with what you can do on the Connexions site as a passive consumer of material, without needing to create an account, login or register in any way.

8. Introduction to the technical training guide (page 40)

9. Technical workcard overview (page 41)

10. Accessing Siyavula (page 44)

11. Finding a module within Siyavula (page 47)

12. Downloading a module from Siyavula (page 54)

13. Getting help (page 58)

Download Technical Training Casual User workcards.pdf

Member User workcards

Section 4: The benefits of registering for an account and logging in are explained in Part 3 of the manual with step-by-step instructions on how to get going.

14. Logging in as a member (page 60)

15. Moving a resource into your personal space (page 63)

16. Setting up a new module (page 67)

17. Editing in place (EIP) (page 71)

18. Using the MathML editor (page 76)

19. Adding an exercise (page 88)

20. Adding a definition (page 91)

21. Inserting a figure or picture (page 94)

22. Introduction to collections (page 101)

23. Publishing a resource (page 108)

24. Uploading a Word document (page 111)

Download Member User workcards.pdf

Workgroup workcards

Section 5: In the final part we link back to the idea of creating workgroups and how you can use the Connexions platform as a tool to support real-world or virtual workgroup activities.

25. Creating a workgroup (page 116)

26. Adding a member to a workgroup (page 118)

27. Putting a resource into a workgroup (page 120)

28. Letting others edit your modules (page 124)

29. Forums (page 128)

30. Using Search (page 131)

31. Getting Help (page 132)

Download Workgroup workcards.pdf

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