The University of Pretoria is well aware of the fact that studying as a distance education student while working full time is a difficult road to travel. It has, therefore, developed extensive academic support structures to help students succeed in their studies. These structures include the prerequisite ICT training, online tutorial support, short academic contact sessions, tutorial letters, assignments, e-library facilities, SMS messages and an enquiry call centre service.
Assignment and examination guidelines
In order to further support students in their studies, the University provides guidelines per module online. These guidelines are aimed at giving students support in completing assignments and provide more information regarding examinations.
Students must complete and submit assignments online according to the due dates stipulated in each module. The submission of all applicable assignments in each module is compulsory for admission to write the examination (or examination equivalent assignment) in that specific module.
Communication by SMS
The University makes extensive use of SMS technology to communicate information to students. SMSs are sent out to inform students when learning material has been posted online and when textbooks have been dispatched, to remind them of due dates for assignments, and to remind them to enrol for examinations.
Students have access to two administration booklets. Admin Booklet 1 will be accessed by students digitally on ClickUP from the start of their studies. Admin Booklet 2 will be provided digitally only, and updated every six months. These booklets contain detailed information about administrative and logistical issues.
Each module has a dedicated e-library page, which provides access to all resources required to complete learning activities.