The University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) was founded in January 2004. There are a total of five campuses, and these are Westville Campus, Howard College, Medical School, Edgewood, and Pietermaritzburg. There are four different colleges. These are the College of Humanities, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Law and Management Sciences.
UKZN Student Central
UKZN has an online student portal called Student Central. Student Central is used for registering online as well as viewing fees. Each faculty has its own site with registration information and fees, but all registrations are done online through Student Central. Applications and registrations for student accommodation are also made through Student Central.
All students will receive a free Microsoft 365 email account. Students will have access to email accounts that have 25GB available and 25GB of online storage. They also have access to instant messaging and many other features such as a calendar and free usage of Microsoft Office Web applications.
To log in to your UKZN email account:
- Go to http://my.ukzn.ac.za/
- Click on Login.
- Enter your student number in this format: StudentNumber@stu.ukzn.ac.za, and replace ‘StudentNumber’ with your actual student number.
- A box will pop up and prompt you to enter your login details.
- Enter your student number as the previous email address.
- Enter your UKZN Lan password, and then you will be logged in to your UKZN Email.
UKZN Lan password:
All first-year students and returning students have a default password set up. To log in, you will use your student number as username and Stu@ddmmyyyy for your default password (replace the dd with the day of your birth, the mm with your month of birth and the yyyy with your year of birth).
To change your password, follow these steps:
- Log in using the details above.
- The system should prompt you to change your password.
- If it doesn’t, then once you are on the desktop, hit CTRL, ALT and DEL, and select Change Password.
- Go to your web browser.
- Enter password.ukzn.ac.za (without www) and hit Enter.
- Enter your email address as above.
- Enter the default password as your Old Password.
- Create a new password and save it.
Your password may not be your name or surname. It must have a minimum of eight characters, and it must have a capital letter, a small letter and a number.
Moodle is UKZN’s online learning platform. To log in to Moodle, you will use the same login details that you used to get into your UKZN email. Moodle works best on Google Chrome.
As a student at UKZN, you can use Moodle for the following:
- Look at course notes
- See important announcements
- View, complete and upload assignments
- Complete evaluations on lecturers at the end of semesters
- View your grades
Moodle has a mobile app that can be downloaded on iOS as well as Android. You will only be able to view course content on Moodle if you have registered for that course, your lecturer has given you access to the course, and you have waited 24 hours after registration.
With the Moodle app, you will be able to access offline learning materials as well, which is great if you are located in an area with little to no signal on your phone. You can also receive push notifications, ensuring you never miss an important announcement.
To access Moodle, you can navigate to UKZN’s homepage and then click on Students. Scroll down the page until you see Moodle@UKZN and click on that, and it will take you to Moodle. You can also go directly to Moodle through https://learn2021.ukzn.ac.za/.
Once you are on Moodle’s landing page, you will log in with the same details you used to login to your email. At the top of the page on the right-hand side, there is a place for you to log in. To ensure that you have logged in successfully, you can check the top right corner to see if your name and student number appear there.
If you scroll down, you will see the calendar on the left-hand side, and hovering your cursor over highlighted dates will display information relevant to that date. Underneath the calendar is the main menu, and beneath that is the Guides block.
Scroll back to the top to access your courses. To access your courses, hover over My Courses and click once. All your courses will show up in a drop-down box. You can now click on any module that you are a part of. Once you have opened up your module, you will see there is an Announcements section. Important information relating to your course will be displayed here. To leave the Announcements section, click on the course name or go back to My Courses and choose the course again. You might have several different activities listed under your course, including assignments or tests. There might be extra readings or notes that you need to take note of.
UKZN is using Learn in 2021 instead of Moodle, but the site still operates the same. Course content might have to be migrated over, but lecturers should do this before starting your courses.