Migrating from Vula to Amathuba and other updates

01 September 2022

Dear colleagues

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new digital learning platform, Amathuba, is in the pilot phase of migrating courses from Vula. Read more on this and other updates below.

1. Migrating courses from Vula to Amathuba for 2023

UCT’s new digital learning platform, Amathuba, started at the beginning of this semester as part of the pilot phase of the course migration from Vula to Amathuba.

Now that the pilot courses are being taught on Amathuba, the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is gearing up to support all first-year courses (and other courses as agreed with faculties) convenors, teaching, and administrative staff to migrate their Vula course sites to Amathuba to be ready for teaching from Semester 1 in 2023.

2. Public webinars on new draft policy for higher education institutions

A series of three workshops organised by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in collaboration with Universities South Africa got underway this week. The workshops are intended to explain the spirit and purpose of the Draft Policy for the Recognition of South African Higher Education Institutional Types, which the DHET published for public comment in a Government Gazette on 8 August 2022. Moreover, the engagements will serve as a source for further information which could be used to improve the policy.

3. Annual Wellness Fair for staff

UCT staff are invited to attend the Annual Wellness Fair, hosted by the Human Resources department, on 6 and 7 September 2022 between 10:00 and 14:00 in the Sarah Baartman Hall on Upper Campus.

This is an ideal opportunity for staff to gather information from a variety of health and wellness specialists that can have a positive impact on lifestyle and well-being. Activities include screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, body mass index (BMI), HIV, neck and shoulder massages and clinical breast examinations. Health screenings with Discovery will take place between 09:00 and 15:30.

For more information on the wellness fair please email Susan Williams.

4. Reminder: 2022 UCT Teaching and Learning Conference

The focus for this year’s Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC 2022) is ‘Vision 2030 and a socially just teaching and learning environment at UCT’. TLC 2022 will adopt a hybrid approach with the first day of the conference (Tuesday, 25 October) being in person and the second day (Thursday, 27 October) being virtual. Submission of proposals for TLC 2022 closes on 9 September 2022.

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In July 2022, the University of Cape Town (UCT) revised its approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic on UCT campuses in 2022.
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