University of Cape Town (UCT) students are encouraged to share their educational experiences by taking part in the national Students’ Access to and Use of Learning Materials (SAULM) survey before 31 August 2020 to help shape government policy and allow South African universities to better support their students.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted students, particularly those funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), who may not have adequate access to appropriate devices, sufficient data to access the internet or the relevant skills to navigate remote learning. Concerns have also been raised that NSFAS-funded students may not be using their funding to access relevant learning materials, which may impact negatively on their academic success.
The Department of Higher Education and Training has, as a result, partnered with the South African Survey of Student Engagement research team from the University of the Free State to develop, administer and analyse a sector-wide survey to explore students’ experiences with learning materials.
The results of the SAULM survey will be used to determine whether a revision of the NSFAS funding policy is required in terms of the learning material allowance. The information will also provide the basis for future discussions around digital inequalities, engaging with digital and open education resources, and enhancing digital skills.
By participating, students will stand a chance to win one of 200 Checkers vouchers each worth R200.
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