Navigating the new semester with Amathuba

19 February 2024

As we continue with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) learning platforms update and migration from Vula to Amathuba, we would like to inform you of some important updates.

1. Migration update

We are currently halfway into Phase 2 of migration, having completed the migration of all second- and third-year courses at the beginning of this semester. We will start the migration of the second semester courses in March 2024.

2. Streamlining course management

You can now request a new Amathuba course site through the ServiceNow portal, following which you can selectively import course content from previous Amathuba course sites. This process is outlined in the Amathuba content import guide.

3. New Amathuba features

We have introduced Creator+, a suite of content authoring tools in Amathuba which allows you to add interactive elements to course pages, including formative assessment activities.

The second major new capability coming to Amathuba is the Performance+ suite of tools, which provides insights about how students are engaging with the platform. New dashboards to be available soon include an Assessment Quality Dashboard, Engagement Dashboard and Learner Engagement Dashboard.

4. Third-party access to Amathuba

External lecturers or examiners who require guest accounts on Amathuba need a third-party account. UCT’s third-party system ensures that access is granted to identifiable users in a way which is securely managed, preventing unauthorised use of UCT systems. Please follow the steps for registering a third-party account. Once a third-party account has been created, you will be able to add the user to an Amathuba site. More information is available on the UCT third party system online help website, or through the IT service desk.

5. Support and resources

The Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching (CILT) is committed to supporting your transition to Amathuba by offering the following:

  • Live training sessions and a self-guided course to get acquainted with the new system.
  • Individual consultations with CILT Learning Designers to assist with your course development.
  • A dedicated helpdesk for any questions or assistance you may need.


The Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching

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