BIUST COVID-19 UPDATE: PREPAREDNESS TO START TEACHING AND LEARNING USING THE ONLINE BLACKBOARD LINKED ‘COLLABORATE’ SYSTEM EFFECTIVE 15 th JUNE 2020

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) wishes to update its stakeholders about its preparedness to resume teaching and learning using the online blackboard linked system post lockdown, effective Monday 15th June 2020.

Students and Academics on campus

BIUST students are all on campus, having gradually arrived from the week of Monday 1st June up to Friday 5th June 2020, whilst Academic staff resumed duty from the week of 25th May.

Blackboard Linked online System  

The new teaching mode when classes resume will be blend of traditional face-to-face and online teaching in large classes. Classes with large enrolment will be split into smaller sections to comply with Covid-19 protocols. The spill-over sections in any given class will be taught simultaneously using the blackboard linked online system called ‘collaborate’.

The New Normal

It is further explained that in the long term, the University will move to full on-line on campus teaching, gradually starting with academic year 2020/21. This will be a new normal for BIUST in the very near future as students will no longer have to attend classes physically but attend from elsewhere on campus. The lectures will be beamed to their laptops or tablets. The possibility of using platforms among them; zoom, google meet, webex will be explored. The Lectures will be video-recorded and shared with students.  Other long-term teaching and learning plans will be rolled in the near future due to ongoing negotiations with service providers.

All the Government Covid-19 protocols are strictly observed to by students, academic and administration staff among them;

  • Wearing of face masks, temperature checks, washing of hands with soap & water and the use of BIUST homemade hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing in classrooms, laboratories and avoiding crowded places by the BIUST community and visitors.

Contact:  Keoagile M. Rafifing

Director, Communications & Public Affairs

+267 493 1071 / 7230 5500