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UCT's Plans For Next Term

In light of Covid-19, Universities will have to make use of online learning and teaching methods. UCT has released a statement giving more information on how the next term will work and what academics will look like. 

The University of Cape Town has been one of the institutions that was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They now have to make changes to what teaching and learning looks like. The University has released informaation on how their academic calender will change, when second term will start, changes to specific dates and what second term will look like for staff and students.

Term 2 is set to start on 20 April 2020. However, UCT has said that from the 20th until the 24th of April, students will undergo an orientation which would give them insight into how to learn online and use online resources. The first week of the second term will therefore officially begin on 27 April 2020.

Formal invigilated exams will not take place at the end of the semester. Continuous assessments will rather take place and students will also obtain their duly performed credit. 

Online courses will be graded as pass or fail and will not affect students' chances of obtaining distinctions when they graduate. 

For online schooling, it's important that students know that:

  • They are not expected to have the same workload as contact methods would see
  • Students won't have to sit in front of a computer during structured lecture times. Lectures will be available for students to download and access anytime.
  • Support from course organisers and tutors is available. Numbers will be provided in Vula. 
  • Students who require practical or field work will be able to do so once campus reopens. 
  • Laptops will be delivered to students who need them after the lockdown. These students have been identified. 

On data enquiries, UCT has said, "Arrangements are being made by UCT, Universities South Africa (USAf) and service providers for zero-rated mobile data to specific UCT online resources, to keep  the costs of remote learning as low as possible."

Read UCT's full statement here

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