Greetings. I hope you are well and taking care of yourselves. As we now move into the countrywide lockdown for 21 days, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, we have a better view of how the academic calendar will change at the University of Cape Town (UCT), when the term will restart, and how teaching and learning will take place.
Our plan is set out below, in the hope that this will answer some of your questions. Some specific dates might still change, depending on the COVID-19 situation, but this will give you some idea of what the new term will look like.
Term 2 (week 6-12 of the first semester) will start on 20 April. It will be scheduled as follows:
Things that you need to know to put your mind at rest:
Learning online is very different from learning face-to-face. Because of this, we are preparing a guide for you that we will use during the Student Orientation (20–24 April). It will help you understand how you need to work to succeed in your courses.
Important for you to know:
To serve you better, we need to know what your needs are. Next week we will send out a survey about devices, connectivity and workspace. The survey will be sent via email and SMS. Please respond to it. It is very important that your course convenors know where you are, how you are working and what you need.
This is the second message I have sent to you on this topic. You can review the first message online if you missed it for any reason.
Next week, when there is more clarity about other elements of our programme, I will write again.
In the meantime, take care of yourselves and be assured that we are here to support you.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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