Overview

Welcome to the Keep on Teaching and Learning website supported by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Our aim is to ensure that students at NWU receive the necessary support to continue learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.This is the support page for students

Dear Students

Welcome to the 2022 Academic Year. I sincerely hope you and all your loved ones are safe in this COVID 19 atmosphere. To remain safe, please observe all the university's protocols to avoid the spread of the pandemic. Wash your hands and sanitise regularly, wear your mask in public, keep social distance and avoid large gatherings . This site is dedicated to supporting you as our students. It provides the tools that will support you succeed in your academic journey.

We understand that some of you may have not had an experience of online remote learning. This is the reason we encourage you to follow the guidelines prepared for you on this site. The online links provided for you are designed to ensure NO STUDENT IS LEFT BEHIND.

As the Center for Teaching and Learning experts, we will continue to provide you with everything you will need for your academic success, making it possible to achieve the goals you set for 2021. To this end, we have provided e-mail addresses and contact numbers to ensure you have access to us at all times. Do not hesitate to contact our dedicated CTL staff or your lecturers. Our commitment is that your dream of getting your academic qualification is accomplished. We are here for you.

Prof Emmanuel Mfanafuthi Mgqwashu

Center for Teaching and Learning

Contact the T&L Technologies Helpdesk:

  Log a request

Click on  “Something is not working”  >>  “Efundi Issue”.

T&L Technologies Helpdesk contact number: 018 285 5930

Available on weekday 08:00am - 16:45pm

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Everything you Need to know


Turnitin

 

Should you have questions regarding your Turnitin report, consult the "How to get access to your Turnitin report" tutorial here

Be reminded that Turnitin does not check for plagiarism in a piece of work.  Instead, it will check your work against their database, and if there are instances where your writing is similar to, or matches against, one of their sources, they will flag this for review.

Please note:  Your lecturer could opt not to have given you access to Turnitin.

Zero rating - What does it mean?

 

The North-West University site is zero-rated.

 

 

 

Please take note that MTN only provides 500 MB of zero-rated data per month per student.

This implies that, even if students navigate within eFundi, they will start paying for any activities in excess of 500 MB.

eFundi

 

  • Quick guide for eFundi support

 

When logging a request in the IT-help system or sending an e-mail to efundi-nwu@nwu.ac.za, please make sure to include a phone number where we can reach you. If we only have an e-mail address, resolving the matter takes so much longer.

 

 

eFundi support Students

 

  • eFundi HELPDESK contact details:

TAKE NOTE! New campus-wide eFundi helpdesk process:
 
Log an IT-help ticket
 
  1. Follow this link: https://support.nwu.ac.za/Login/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

  2. Log in with your CAS details

  3. Click on “Something is not working”

  4. Under the “Teaching and Learning Technology Support” heading, click on the appropriate option

  5. Complete the form. Please provide as much details as possible

  6. In case of error messages, attach a screenshot, it will help resolve the issue faster

 

 

Phone the helpdesk

The various eFundi Helpdesk numbers below are available between 8:00 AM and 16:45 PM.

Central Helpdesk:
018 285 5930

Mahikeng Campus:
018 389 2312
018 389 2447

Potchefstroom Campus:
018 299 2003
018 285 2295

Vanderbijlpark Campus:
016 910 3035
016 910 3038

 

 

With automatic password expiration, you may experience problems in accessing your eFundi sites and NWU systems. You may change your password via the "Reset passwords" menu item/tab on the  eFundi login pageYou can also make use of DIY Change / update contact info option available via the eFundi menu.  Click here for a step-by-step guide.

Data saving tips when using zero-rated eFundi

Close all open tabs in your internet browser application to avoid incurring accidental data usage.  Track your your data usage with data management applications such as Glasswire.

Assessment 

 

  • Continuous assessment

Students will be assessed continuously throughout the semester, as the June examinations will not take place. This means that students need to ensure that they participate in all assessment opportunities and communicate with their respective lecturers in time, should they be unable to meet the final date for the submission of an assessment. Lecturers are aware of the challenges that students face, as they are experiencing these themselves. Remember that this is a new environment for all of us and we are doing the best we can to ensure no student is left behind.

 

  • Will my assessment plan change?

Your assessment plan will most probably change.  Any changes to assessment plans will be explicitly, clearly and timeously communicated to you, by your lecturer. Make sure to check eFundi regularly to keep up to date with announcements in your different modules. As always, assessments will be fair, valid, and of outstanding quality. 

  • How will I be assessed?

Assessment could include eFundi Tests & Quizzes, Reflection journals (i.e. via eFundi blog or Student pages tools, assignments and forum discussions).

  • What about clashes?

Communicate clashes in terms of submissions or online tests in advance to the lecturers involved.

Free mobile apps to optimise your academic success

 

 

Google Drive

Store files safely and put them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. 15 GB of storage is free with a Gmail account.

 

  OneDrive

Save files to OneDrive and access them from any device, anywhere. You can access files without being online.  No connection, no problem.

 

  Evernote

Evernote is a note taking app that allows you to take notes anywhere and share ideas with anyone.

 

  AnyDo

Stay organised and keep tack of what needs to be done. Get more done by planning your day for maximun productivity.

 

Brainscape-Smart Flashcards

Study smarter, using cognitive science. Find, create, and share SMART FLASHCARDS on any device.

 

  Office Lens

Convert Android and iOS devices into a scanner and convert images to PowerPoint, PDF or Word and save it to the local device.  

 

  RealCalc Scientific Calculator

Give your Android mobile device all the mathematical powers of a traditional, physical scientific calculator. 

 

  RAR File Compression and Extraction

RAR is a compression and extraction programme, basic file explorer on Android and allows for the creation of RAR and ZIP files

 

 

Smart Apps

Tools for staying connected

WhatsApp can be used by students to communicate with each other and their lecturers (send messages, photos, videos, documents, audio, links to websites and make voice and video calls). WhatsApp groups can be used to create a closed space that is accessible at any time by everyone in the group. WhatsApp chats can be saved, archived or screenshots can be made of chats.  Students may also buy a “WhatsApp ticket” to ensure connectivity.  

Google Hangouts is available for desktop and mobile use and can be used in any web browser (there are apps available for Chrome OS, iOS and Android). To Meet and chat, download Google Hangouts here. 

Caution: Video chat is limited to 10 participants.                           

Skype can be used in any web-browser.  Simply invite your friends to join in, by using their email addresses. It is also possible to share screens and record chats. Download Skype here.

If you have an Android phone you can chat (unlimited text) with your friends and groups with Moya Messenger for no data cost.  To use #datafree apps, you need to keep your mobile data turned on.  As long as you are on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or Telkom (in South Africa) #datafree apps will not use any of your airtime or data balance. Message attachments are fully supported, but not #datafree. Download the Moya app here.

Zoom can be used to meet online with your fellow students, with or without video. You oor fellow students can share screens and record the session.  You have access to multiple tutorials created by Zoom. Download Zoom here.

Caution: Zoom is data intensive. 

Participate with friends via GoBoard, a free online tool that combines video conferencing with an interactive canvas (like a white board). You don't need to download anything. Simply create a GoBoard, share the link with friends, and begin! When you are done, export the “board” worked on as a pdf document. GoBoard runs on two different platforms: an iPad App and the desktop version, available via the web.  

 

Before uploading a video you needed to create as an assignment, be sure to compress, compress, compress to save data!

Recommended video editing and compression tool:

Smartphone video compression tool:

 


 

Smartphone scanner tool:

 


 

DIY Document camera:

Check tutorials on how to make a document camera with your cellphone and a paper cup.

 


 

Tutorials for recording from home:

OpenShot is free video editing software that is easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful. Use it to combine and edit self-recorded videos, adjust existing open educational videos, and compress videos (reduce the file size).

Download OpenShot here.

 

Recommended video compression tool:

HandBrake is free software with which you can compress videos (decrease the file size). It is very easy to use. One can for instance decrease a 500mb video file to only 60mb. A tutorial on how to use HandbBrake to decrease the file size of a video. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use HandBrake, created by one of NWU's lecturers.

  • How to record proper audio on a mobile device
  • Good lighting practices at home

 

Resources FYI

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAD is a must-read guide for students adjusting to university.  It helps students understand the many changes, new demands and challenges they face.  To access, click here.

 

 

 

GRAD is a must-read guide for students adjusting to university.  It helps students understand the many changes, new demands and challenges they face.  To access, click here.

 

What NWU students are saying

Ntombifuthi Dhladla, MC

FACULTY OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

“If you fail to do something now, it will take longer to do later, therefore don’t procrastinate”

 

Bianca Jooste​, VC

FACULTY OF EDUCATION

"The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling" - Fabienne Fredrickson

Palesa Thetha, VC