This virtual presentation offers a participatory-online experience. In this collection of digital diaries by seven multi-disciplinary academics and instructional designers from five different universities in South Africa, each share their personal stories about their teaching and learning approaches when using digital technologies. Utilising the website builder, MS Sway, the group collaborates to create an interactive, multi-media digital artefact to showcase the functionality and experience of different Apps or Software used to enhance student engagement in the e-Learning environment. The digital artefact has a hyperlink to the repository of knowledge that will be shared with all delegates engaging with the presentation. Each delegate can explore the website at will during or after the presentation and save it as a reference to share or revisit at another time. The lessons learnt being told in the artefact are written in a manner for those versed in digital or hybrid learning or those who are new to using educational technologies in the (a)synchronous classroom spaces. It is designed with the intention of how we as reflective practitioners should remain open to explore new approaches to hone skills and reflect, supporting a process of life-long learning. We hope that each multi-media story will inspire others to fearlessly use educational technologies to actively engage students, even if they have not done so before. This is merely a start to the recipes of reflective practice; other contributions will be welcomed in time. Making this a sought-after resource for educators.
Janine Lewis, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Maritha Pritchard, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Maud Blose, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Gitanjali Mistri, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Frelet De Villiers, Free State University, South Africa
Veronique Joubert, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa