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THIRD EDITION: Stay on track for success (8 April 2020)

Dear Student
 
Even in these times, the final destination is still graduation.
 
Day 13 of the national lockdown, and the UFS community continues to work towards helping its students get that academic groove back. In this edition of #UFSLearnOn: Stay on track for success, we would like to encourage all Kovsies to simply think of their modules as if they are currently undergoing a bit of a make-over.
 
We are constantly aware of our students’ realities and are exploring all possible solutions to optimise the learning and teaching environment when academic activities resume.
 
This edition is packed with the mechanisms (tips, tools, and tricks) that are important to help you succeed.

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SECOND EDITION: Get Connected, Get Started  (1 April 2020)
 
Dear Student
 
Since you are by now preparing for the transition to a new and different learning and teaching environment, there are certain things you need to know that will help to ease your transition.
 
This second edition of #UFSLearnOn: Get Connected, Get Started is packed with information, resources, and skills that will help you make the most of this transitional time.
 
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FIRST EDITION: Keep calm #UFSLearnOn is here! (25 March 2020)


Dear Student,
 
This edition of the resource pack series is aimed at creating the best possible support for Kovsies. We have adapted existing support and practices most suited to our current realities.
 
#UFSLearnOn: Assess your current reality and breathe is aimed at helping you transition to our current reality and gives you a heads up on what is to come. It is critical during this time that you remain connected and are able to assess what needs to be done.
 
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#UFSupdate (25 March 2020):
Keep Calm, Teach On and #UFSLearnOn: Clarification on learning and teaching at the UFS


MESSAGE BY DR ENGELA VAN STADEN, VICE-RECTOR: ACADEMIC

Dear Student

Following the letter from the University of the Free State (UFS) on 24 March 2020, we would like to provide further clarification. We also received communication from Universities South African (USAf) regarding the dates when universities can start offering online learning and teaching to students.

The reason we are moving learning and teaching online, is that the UFS wants to create the best supportive environment for our staff and students under the circumstances. By moving online, we mean that students will not return to campus, but will continue learning by making use of Blackboard and other relevant websites. We have decided to move online since the national situation could change, and online learning and teaching will help us to better deal with some of the changes in the environment.  

We would like to emphasise that the #Keep Calm and #UFSLearnOn resources that will be distributed from Thursday 26 March 2020 is intended to help you prepare for learning in a new online environment. In light of the new communication from USAf, we will now start online learning from 20 April 2020.

Please see the adapted timelines when the Keep Calm and #UFSLearnOn resources will be shared:

26 March: This first edition will focus on helping you assess your current realities, and to kick-start planning for learning to continue.

1 April: Release of edition 2; this edition will be focused on getting connected and understanding how you will be learning when academic activities resume.

8 April: Edition 3 to be released; the third edition will focus on the skills you need to be a successful student in the new environment.

15 April: Edition 4 to be released; this edition will focus on helping you stay and finish strong.

20 April: Learning and teaching to resume. Communication to confirm if learning will take place on campus and/or online. This depends on the national lockdown in the country.

Please remember that faculties will also share faculty-specific information. The #UFSLearnOn transition resources will help you keep up to date with your faculty information.

This is an extraordinary time that will require all of us to draw on our courage and ability to adapt.

Please look out for information relating to the Keep Calm, Teach On and #UFSLearnOn campaigns managed by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in cooperation with the Department of Communication and Marketing on the following university communication platforms: UFS website (also KovsieLife webpage), Blackboard, social media, ufs4life email, KovsieApp and SMS.

Keep on learning

 


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