The University of Ghana has outlined 4 new online resources it has deployed to aid in its new online learning program.
These resources are intended to facilitate virtual meetings of faculty and staff and also to equip staff with knowledge of the SAKAI management system.
These new resources as listed by the Public Affairs Directorate of the University are as follows;
Zoom Meetings. Zoom has been activated to host Virtual Meetings at the University of Ghana. These can be used to schedule meetings with Faculty/Administrative Staff or hold ‘live’ sessions with UG students. Zoom Meetings are managed by the various UG College Secretaries whom you can contact for more information on how to set up a Virtual Meeting and get permission to access.
Sakai Learning Management System (LMS). As part of efforts to assist faculty and students navigate through the Sakai Learning Management System (LMS), the following tutorials have been developed to guide faculty and students.
Google Classroom is still available for those who already use it.
Microsoft 365 Users can make use of Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and Yammer.
University Management says that it would soon schedule for an online SAKAI training for faculty members.
Meanwhile, arrangements have also been made for students to pick up new SIM cards at all Vodafone retail outlets throughout the country.
It says that students will receive a monthly data bundle with the following features;
a) 5GB of data
b) 150minutes of cross-net voice plus IDD
c) 100 SMS
d) Free Closed User Group (CUG) calls: meaning calls between members of the community will be at no cost
e) Free access to University of Ghana digital resources (meaning if you exhaust your 5GB data, you can till access UG online resources)
f) Roll-over at the end of the month of unused data.
This arrangement, according to university management, is available for a period of 4 months until the end of the academic year July, 2020.
The new online learning initiative is intended to complete the remaining weeks of the second semester the University is left to complete due to the abrupt closure of the University amid the COVID19 scare.