Online Education Portal Prepares Students for Exams
The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance’s partnership in an online education initiative titled UVillage is aimed at addressing major issues around education by offering extra academic support to students.
The electronic education portal launched in June this year is an online hub providing students with free accredited learning materials to assist them improve their academic performance.
Students who access the education portal will enjoy the benefits of video tutorials, online quizzes, past exam questions and summarised lectures. Commenting on the School’s involvement, Senior Lecturer Mr Leo Deodutt said: ‘The initiative is an exciting one as it not only collaborates with Schools within the College of Law and Management Studies but extends nationally in partnership with most universities in South Africa. It thus gives our students exposure to the most up to date and ground-breaking teaching and learning techniques.’
Student Village Director Mr Marc Kornberger said the programme was already yielding positive results. ‘From our pilot in June we found that service has been really well received by students and in our focus groups 100 percent of students said the service helped them pass.
‘We are focusing on techniques that take hundreds of hours of lecture time and summarise key concepts in just a couple of hours. Through this we plan to curb the high failure rate by giving students exactly what they need to get ahead and pass,’ said Kornberger.
The organisation is also working with UKZN’s Statistics Department to put together videos, past papers and quiz questions based on UKZN’s Statistics syllabus. This process will be completed in time for the end of year final exams.
For more information on UVillage visit: www.uvillage.co.za
- Thandiwe Jumo