Amathuba migration and other updates

19 June 2024

Dear colleagues and students

With the wrap-up of the first semester, the University of Cape Town (UCT) continues the migration process from Vula to Amathuba, UCT’s new digital learning platform. Read more about this and other recent developments on campus.

1. Amathuba update: migration phase 2 and 3

The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) has completed phase 2 of the migration, where most second- and third-year courses have been moved for teaching to the platform in 2024. From July, CILT will begin phase 3 of the migration. This is the third and final phase and includes all postgraduate course sites and any remaining second- and third-year sites that did not migrate in phase 2. All courses will be taught on Amathuba in 2025.

2. Tree felling on upper campus from 19 June

Emergency tree felling will take place on upper campus from Wednesday, 19 June 2024, with 32 unstable trees identified for removal. The tree felling will take place over the vacation period and last for two to three weeks, depending on the weather conditions. The felling operations will impact parking on Madiba West, and the UCT community is requested to use available parking in P15 and P16. Please note that the west section of Madiba Road will be closed intermittently for tree clearance, but a stop/go set-up will always be in operation, with traffic officials on hand to assist with traffic flow.

3. UCT Open Textbook Award: call for nominations

The UCT Open Textbook Award is now in its fifth year and has proved to be a crucial mechanism for supporting innovative open education activity that addresses challenges related to the cost and accessibility of teaching and learning materials, as well as curriculum change and multilingualism, at UCT.

Open textbooks are freely available, openly licensed educational resources with affordances for dynamic, collaborative approaches to textbook authorship, quality assurance and publishing. In addition to the cost-saving aspect, open textbooks provide a means through which to engage students as co-creators and share teaching and learning materials beyond the institution.

Nominations are open for the 2024 UCT Open Textbook Award; and can be made either by open textbook authors or by a third party. The deadline for nominations is 28 July 2024.

4. Launch of 2024 Career Guide

The annual “Your 2024 Career Guide – The Human Advantage” has been launched. The high-quality guide, produced by Careers Service, serves to assist students in preparing for the world of work. It emphasises the enduring importance of human skills alongside AI advancements.

In 2023, “Your 2022 Career Guide” received four prestigious awards, showcasing the quality and relevance of the publication’s insights.

5. UCT’s autumn flash sale still under way

The UCT community is reminded that the UCT Clearance Pop-Up Shop’s Autumn Flash Sale, offering incredible discounts of up to 50% off on selected items, is still under way.

Whether you are in need of UCT official merchandise, looking to upgrade your wardrobe, or searching for unique gifts, this is the perfect opportunity to grab some fantastic deals. From trendy apparel to stylish accessories and everything in between, there's something for everyone at the UCT Clearance Pop-Up Shop.

Visit the shop at the Steve Biko Students’ Union Building, Cissie Gool plaza on upper campus. Trading hours are from 10:00 to 15:00 weekdays, excluding public holidays. Prices are valid until 28 June or until stocks last. Payment can be done via debit cards, credit cards or p-cards.

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