Second term at UCT to resume online

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Some specific dates on UCT’s current teaching and learning plan might still change, depending on the Covid-19 situation.

The second term is scheduled to start on Monday April 20.
From April 20 to Friday April 24, a student orientation period focusing on how to learn online will take place, followed by the start of teaching on the week of Tuesday April 28, following the Freedom Day public holiday on Monday April 27.

The university says that in
light of the Covid-19 impact, there will be no formal invigilated exams at the end of the
semester. Instead, assessment will be continuous during the
term.

Students will not be expected to carry the same workload
online that they would have had in face-to-face settings.
Students will also not have to sit in front of
their computers at the time of their lectures as these can be downloaded and listened to or watched any time.

For students whose courses require practical work or field work, this part will be done on campus once the situation has stabilised.

UCT says it is developing support for students in the
form of tutors and consultation times with lecturers using Vula
(UCT’s online collaboration and learning system), WhatsApp and SMS.

The university has
identified the few students who have not received laptops and once the lockdown is has ended,
laptops will be distributed
to them wherever they are.
UCT is further working to ensure that students have the
necessary data to access courses online.