Learning can take place anywhere, anytime. Wits also provides specific places that are conducive for students to learn individually and together.
Wits Libraries provide spaces for individual and group learning.
With increasing Wi-Fi coverage, students will be able to access the internet from all lecture venues and informal spaces all over campus, indoors and outdoors in the beautiful garden areas of campus.
Digital Teaching & Learning Strategy
Wits has embarked on the implementation phase of the Digital Teaching & Learning Strategy, and initiatives are already underway. A steering committee has been established to have oversight over the pace and direction of three initiatives currently underway:
- The Smart Classroom project
- The Learning Commons (e-Zone) project, and
- The Re-Imagining the Library project
The Smart Classroom project
This project aims to provide the technologies to create smart classrooms. These facilities should support the need of lecturers and students to engage actively in learning interactions. They should also have the capacity to
- stream lectures live
- record and edit lectures
- make recorded lectures available to students
Venues should be simple and easy to use with minimum need for support and intervention. An example is the Faculty of Health Sciences Simulation Lab. Students in the Faculty can now practice life-saving techniques and other medical procedures in the simulation laboratory using SimMan3G, a high fidelity simulator.
The Learning Commons (‘e-Zone’) project
The current writing centre in Wartenweiler Library will be transformed into a flexible, active, technology rich learning environment that will allow for face-to-face blended learning engagement with students, as well as for student centred collaborative activity.
The Wits Education Campus e-Zone is in the Khanya Building and available to students from the Schools of Therapeutic Sciences and Education.
The Re-Imagining the Library project
This project has in mind, for example, the digitisation of library resources, and the reconfiguration of information resource repositories. The exact scope of the project is still being defined.