Unisa Makes Changes To Online Learning System



South Africa's largest university has made several changes to it online learning platform. These changes will impact thousands of students registered at the University of South Africa (Unisa). 



The University of South Africa (Unisa) has successfully upgraded its myModules platform. Several changes were made to the myModules platform, aimed at improving functionality, user experience, security and performance of the system.

Unisa uses an Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) education model. This means that students do not attend classes in person and learn from a distance using the myModules platform. Additionally, students participate in examinations online. 

In July 2023, Unisa made updates to its myModules Learning Management System intending to enhance the online learning experience for students. 

They assured students that the changes are minimal and most of them should be intuitive, meaning they won't require any adjustments to the experience of using myModules.

It's essential to understand that the contents of this communication do not replace any existing myModules user guides already available for Unisa students. 

The university created a useful guide to ensure students can successfully continue their online learning while enjoying the benefits of the new myModules platform. 

Dashboard Page Updates:

  • The Dashboard tab has been relocated to the top navigation bar for easier access.
  • The user profile name is now displayed as initials only in the profile section. If a profile picture is uploaded, it will replace the initials.
  • The navigation drawer is no longer visible on the dashboard page.

Course Search Functionality:

  • Users can now search for specific courses through a search function located in the myModules drop-down menu.
  • A block drawer can be expanded or collapsed using a specific symbol.
  • Some course information links have been moved from the left menu to the top horizontal bar. Click on the course name in the left menu to access these links.
  • A course completion bar is now visible in the course header.
  • "Accessibility" settings can be directly selected from the profile drop-down menu.

Impact Of Unisa System Upgrades

The myModules platform was unavailable from midnight on Wednesday 19 July 2023 to midnight on Tuesday 25 July 2023 for the upgrade. This meant that students were unable to access myModules or any content on myModules for six days.

Students were encouraged to download any study material or notes from myModules before midnight on Wednesday 19 July 2023. They were also told to liaise with their lecturers regarding any special arrangements during this time.

In response to the scheduled downtime period, students were also advised that any assignments with original due dates falling within this period will be rescheduled to later dates. 

To access the updated due dates for these assignments, students were encouraged to refer to their respective module announcements. 

Unisa says these measures ensure that students have enough time to complete and submit their assignments without facing any unnecessary challenges. The institution remains committed to providing a smooth and uninterrupted learning experience for all students.


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