UWC in the Digital Age: Student access and success

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), is aligned to critical discourse that has emerged from national and institutional policies, specifically expanding student access and success.

CIECT has engaged in an upward trajectory with regards to the infusion of ICTs for learning-and-teaching; the ongoing debate around distance learning; and sharing good practices. This is aligned to the Institutional Operating Plan (Green Paper, 2015), Goal Area 2: Teaching and Learning.

Academics at UWC are supported by CIECT with the design of online environments to enhance instructional practices. Students also receive training and support related to the familiarisation of the learning platform; and Personal Learning Environments (PLEs).

CIECT is able to provide evidence of ‘distance learning’ initiatives at UWC that are almost ‘purely online’, allowing participants from various regions in South Africa and globally to collaborate within online environments, irrespective of geographical space and time.

NB: There has been a steady increase in the number of students and staff who have accessed the iKamva platform (institutional Learning Management System). For the period January – August 2015, a total number of 114 118 unique users accessed iKamva. **A unique user is a student, staff member, or visiting lecturer who is counted once per month, irrespective of the number of times he/she accessed iKamva.

Student access should be aligned to student success. The sharing of good innovative practices by academics across Faculties, showcases pedagogical benefits for students and staff within CIECT’s blog: https://ciect.wordpress.com/.

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