The University of Pretoria (UP) announced the continuation of the first semester online starting 4 May using ClickUP, the official student portal. The university will also provide support to overcome challenges associated with online learning. One way the university aims to do this, is by loaning internet-enabled devices to students who come from indigent families, and lower socio-economic backgrounds. Vice-Principal, Prof Mosia, requested students to be disciplined in this regard and to not deny students who have a dire need for these devices the opportunity to learn.
Students can enrol for the “student self-orientation” ClickUP module where they will learn navigation through the UP portal, student emails, and to practise using the available ClickUP tools. The university has successfully engaged with telecommunication companies to zero-rate ClickUP, so students can login at https://connect.up.ac.za to access the UP portal.
Lecturers and tutors will be available on communication platforms, i.e. email, discussion, and participation boards on ClickUP. Online sessions can be saved for later viewing by students who missed these.The various faculty student advisors are available for online assistance, and their details can be accessed on UP’s student portal, and official website. Library services will continue, and study material can be accessed on the virtual library. Librarians can be contacted on the phone/WhatsApp number: +27 66 509 1285 for further assistance should students face difficulty using the online library app.
An approach to online learning is available on UP’s portal, and it includes preparation and interaction with study material, and identifying difficult concepts before each session which will allow optimal engagement in online sessions and discussions. Students have to plan out their work schedules, keeping track of assessment dates and deadlines. Students must continue with the scheme of the work for all their modules keeping in mind the content outlined in their study guides.
The University will provide ongoing support and assistance. Students are encouraged to check ClickUP on a regular basis for updates, to utilise these resources, and to strive for academic success during this national lockdown.