The Educational Technology team fulfil various roles within  CHERTL and the institution:

  • academic staff development
  • consultation about blended and online learning
  • research
  • contributing to formal qualifications
  • management of technological resources
  • policy and strategy development where relevant to educational technology
  • management and support of RUconnected


Technology may provide the opportunity to engage student learning outside of the traditional classroom. Choices around blended and online learning need to be aligned to pedagogies. We encourage a pedagogy first approach. We acknowledge that technology is not neutral; that access to technology is not evenly distributed; and that technology can be used either to serve the interests of the status quo in higher education or to contribute to its transformation.

To book a consultation, or if you have a query, please email edtech@ru.ac.za.  



Technologies currently supported:


The Rhodes University Learning Management System (LMS) is an institutionally supported virtual learning space for teaching, learning & assessment activities and resources. For staff support, please email edtech@ru.ac.za For student support, please send a message via our RUconnected Support Facebook page.


Text matching system to help check originality of written work (accessed from within RUconnected). For support queries, please email edtech@ru.ac.za


Google apps that can be accessed by staff with an institutional login. This does not include the support of Google Classrooms as an alternative to RUconnected. Contact IT& S for support via support@ru.ac.za


Software used to create screencasts and narrated presentations. We have an institutional license available for staff. Please email edtech@ru.ac.za  


A cloud-based web-conferencing tool used to host online meetings. We have an institutional license available for staff. Please email n.pallitt@ru.ac.za 


A digital writing assistant that uses artificial intelligence to detect potential grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes.  We have an institutional license available for staff and students. 



Step 1: Go to this link https://login.ru.ac.za/to/grammarly

Step 2: Log in with your RU/ROSS details

Step 3: Go to https://www.grammarly.com/ (if you are not taken to Grammarly)

and sign in with your ROSS/RU credentials


Capture digital audio and video from your screen; edit digital video. Limited licenses are available to staff. Please email n.kramm@ru.ac.za


Qualitative data analysis software for use by academics and registered postgraduate students. Limited licenses are available. Please email edtech@ru.ac.za


Interactive simulations and activities for Bioscience and Chemistry that lecturers can integrate into RUconnected course sites. Lecturers to contact Nicola n.pallitt@ru.ac.za


Interactive polling tool to build student engagement in your lectures. Wooclap is integrated with RUconnected and can identify student interactions aligned to their student profile.



Padlet is an online board that encourages collaboration through the posting of text, images, videos, audio clips, links, and uploaded files.
Guide to Padlet at RU (includes sign-in details)





COVID-19 Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning Resources


Resources for teaching staff:

Introduction to RUconnected for teaching (RUconnected course site)

RU remote teaching guide

What my course site should have and low-tech principles

RU Teaching Online (RUconnected course site)

RU Tutoring Online (RUconnected course site)

Supporting Students’ Writing Online (RUconnected course site)

Questions for formative evaluation of online teaching

RU Guidelines for assessment approaches and methods for online and remote teaching and learning

RUconnected Help videos on YouTube


Resources for students:

Welcome to RUconnected for students (RUconnected course site)

RU Learning Online (RUconnected course site)

Open access online orientation resources for student online orientation

RUconnected Support on Facebook


Other important documents and resources:

EdTech Strategy (2018-2020, access via RUconnected)

Teaching and learning with technology (2016)


Last Modified: Wed, 25 Jan 2023 14:20:15 SAST