Message to all students in the Department of Information Science: 2022
A hearty welcome to all our 2022 students. We wish you well for 2022 and may you experience joy and success in your studies. Below follows the approach we will follow in 2022 with regard to our classes:
Please note the change in plans for the weeks of 21 February – 4 March 2022. ALL CLASSES will be online while sorting out some logistics. Please monitor our website and the Module ClickUP sites for updates.
We plan to use on-campus classes according to the specified venue capacity, and 40-minute lecturing time slots, and will ensure that we adapt if class capacity or lecturing times change at any stage. All on campus classes will be recorded and made available online.
At undergraduate level, on-campus lecturing will be used to address practical, cognitive and affective skills and experiences that can enrich students’ learning and reinforce skills and knowledge and the social value of class attendance. To ensure that no student is excluded, all on-campus classes will be recorded and/or live streamed. These practical sessions will be complemented by online recordings of theory content and other resources made available on ClickUP. Semester tests and exams will stay online, ensuring quality and integrity and building on the experience of the last two years.
Honours classes will primarily be online, with hybrid options depending on the needs of the degree programme.
We are committed to ensuring all regulations are followed regarding venue capacity and sanitising, in particular to minimise the risks for students with co-morbidities. Booking systems will be set up to offer students the opportunity to attend campus sessions on a rotational basis according to venue capacity. The booking system and processes will be explained to all students bearing in mind that many might not have experience in using such systems.
Support staff e.g. assistant lecturers and tutors, will be available to monitor class entrance according to venue capacity, and address hand sanitizing. Sanitizing wipes will be handed out towards the end of class for each student to wipe their seat area; disposal of wipes will be arranged. Special arrangements will be made for laboratory sessions using laptops and e.g. VRI equipment sanitizing in consultation with practices followed by the IT laboratories. The wearing of masks and social distancing will be according to requirements; lecturers will not wear a mask during lecturing, but with adherence to social distancing.