2021 Mode of Delivery and Hybrid Learning Model
As of 15 April 2020, Belgium Campus iTversity has been offering online classes to all students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was made possible due to the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) allowing all higher education institutions in South Africa, that are accredited for contact mode provisioning, to implement distance/ blended learning models. Due to the ongoing uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, the HEQC has decided to extend the provisioning of these models to the 2021 academic year.
Belgium Campus iTversity has been investigating the possibility of providing online/ hybrid learning to all students in 2021. A communication was sent to all students on 15 November to assess the feasibility of this, and to ascertain how many students would like to continue with online classes in 2021. The feedback received indicated that the majority of students would like to continue with online classes. With this in mind, and in light of the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we have decided to offer hybrid learning to all students (with the exception of our Deaf students) in 2021.
Hybrid Learning 2021
With our hybrid learning model, students can choose to attend classes online or face-to-face on campus. All class tests and examinations will be written using assessmentQ, regardless of whether a student is attending classes online or face-to-face.
Ensuring that our students perform to the best of their abilities is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor each student’s academic performance to make sure that they are coping with their chosen mode of delivery. Online students who are identified as at risk will be invited to return to the relevant campus to resume face-to-face classes.
NB: Students who wish to attend classes online must meet the following requirements and follow the regulations outlined below:
Online Class Regulations
|Minimum requirements||Suggested requirements|
|Processor:||Intel Core i3 or equivalent||Intel Core i5 or equivalent|
|Memory:||8GB RAM||16GB RAM|
|Storage:||256 GB HDD||512 GB SSD|
|Operating systems:||Windows 10|
|Peripherals:||Webcam and microphone||Webcam, microphone, headset|
|Internet connection:||1 Mbps uplink and|
|2 Mbps uplink and|
exclusive for classes
Attend class preferably from a quiet and dedicated room.
NB: Students who cannot meet these requirements will have to attend face-to-face classes on campus.
Students who choose to attend face-to-face classes at any of our three campuses will be able to make use of the campus facilities. Lecturers and South African Sign Language (SASL) interpreters will be present in the classroom to present each lesson, and all COVID-19 rules and regulations previously communicated will be strictly adhered to.
2020 has been an incredibly challenging year. We are extremely proud of our students, staff, and the larger Belgium Campus family for working together to overcome each challenge as it presented itself. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you a well-deserved holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back refreshed and ready to take on the new year.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information/clarification. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 010 593 5368.
The Belgium Campus iTversity team