RESPONDING TO COVID-19
The same goes for universities, especially during Covid-19.
UJ has had to make use of, and integrate, all the tools and technology at its disposal in order to make education possible amid the pandemic. Lecturers are now hosting Zoom classes for up to 500 students at a time and the university delivered some 5,000 laptops to students at the start of lockdown so that they could continue to learn.
Covid-19 has also resulted in renewed appetite for courses that were already available online. “When we initially launched our online courses, we found that people were quite reluctant to study this way,” she explains. “But with Covid, everyone’s lives suddenly became virtual, and online courses now seem natural and necessary.”
UJ is using the technology available to ensure that the education of its students remains sustainable despite the upheaval that Covid-19 has caused. “Technology has been critical, and that’s why it will continue to be part of our curriculums,” she adds. “As much as we use technological innovations, we have to teach them. It’s technology that will help us to respond.