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George Campus

29/11/2013

Students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) have been given an opportunity to participate in a unique and exciting pilot project developed to assist them in academic excellence. The group of sixty-six students in Forestry have each received a tablet which enhances access to information and allowed them to complete assignments relating to their studies through accessing of online resources.

They were also enabled to carry out group assignments from the tablets. One of the outcomes of the pilot was the completion of an online questionnaire on the user-friendliness, screen size and features of the tablet used to complete different tasks.

At the handover of the tablets, Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal, encouraged the students to fully embrace technology, as it is critical to being competitive. Mr Willie Louw, the Science Faculty Excellent Teacher of the Year and programme co-ordinator for Forestry emphasised that the project was “history in the making” and that the data collected would be of great significance for NMMU overall.

Forestry pilot project

Dr Hermien Johannes (from left) a senior Teaching Development Professional from NMMU’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media and Simon Goldstone conducting the so-called blended learning project, both from Port Elizabeth, with Forestry Programme Co-ordinator, Mr Willie Louw, and Forestry Master’s student, Tatenda Mapeto (front).

Contact information
Ms Alet van Tonder
Manager: Marketing & Corporate Relations
Tel: 27 44 801 5098
alet.vantonder@mandela.ac.za