The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was founded in 1960. There are more than 23,000 students, and there are seven different faculties. These faculties are the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Community Health Sciences, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. UWC’s main campus is located in Bellville in the Western Cape. The Faculty of Dentistry is located in Tygerberg as well as Mitchells Plain.
UWC Student Portal
UWC has an online student portal, and this is used for applying to UWC. New students apply online and can check their application status as well. If you receive an offer to study at UWC, this is also where you will respond to that offer, and you will have three days to accept the offer. If your status says Pending or Awaiting Final Decision, this means that you have been placed on a waiting list. The UWC student portal is also used for registration.
To log in to the student portal, you will use your student number and your South African ID number or Passport.
To register online on the student portal:
- Log in via https://student.uwc.ac.za/ with your student number and ID/Passport.
- On the main menu, click on ‘Select modules for registration’.
- Check that all information is correct.
- Choose ‘Failed’ modules if there are any, choose your ‘Compulsory’ modules, and then choose any ‘Elective’ modules if there are any.
- Validate your selection of modules, and make sure there are no errors.
- View the cost of each module and the total cost of all the modules combined.
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- You will receive confirmation that your registration was successful.
iKamva is an online learning platform that is used by UWC students. iKamva means ‘future’, which is the way technology is moving.
To log in to UWC iKamva:
- Go to https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/portal
- Log in with your student number, and your password is your ID number or your date of birth (YYYYMMDD) with! St in front.
- It is advised that students change their password after they have logged in the first time.
- Click Sign In.
iKamva allows you to access tests and quizzes, as well as assignments. It also gives you access to course materials.
Once you are logged into iKamva, you will use the top navigation menu to navigate through your courses. If you are unable to find your course, click on ‘Sites’ in the top right corner to access all courses. Once you have clicked on ‘Sites’, a drop-down box will appear, with Course Sites listed on the left-hand side and Project Sites on the right-hand side.
There is also space for you to search for courses. Clicking on the course will take you to its page. Once you are in a course, you will be able to view e-tools being used. These are listed on the course page’s left-hand side and include things like a calendar, announcements, course resources, a discussion forum, assignments, and lessons.
Accessing Course Resources on iKamva
On the home page, go to your course. In the navigation menu on the left, click on Course Resources. This will bring up a page that lists all resources added to the course, such as lessons, videos, graphics, and more. Click on a resource to open it. You can right-click on a file to download and save it. This useful if you need to save images, like timetables.
Uploading and Submitting Assignments on iKamva
- To upload an assignment, navigate to your course.
- Click on the Assignments icon.
- You will see which assignments are available to you.
- Check the Open and Due dates for each assignment.
- Click on the title of the assignment to submit it.
- Read through the instructions of the assignment.
- Assignments can be submitted as an attachment or inline (typed in the textbox provided).
- Click on Select file from computer to upload your assignment.
- To finish uploading, click on Submit.
- You will receive a confirmation message once it has been successfully submitted.
Lessons on iKamva
- Your lecturer will most likely upload lessons to your course on iKamva.
- They will choose the name of the lessons but look for the book icon on the left-hand side navigation bar.
- Lessons might have multiple pages and sub-sections. Click on one of them to expand the contents.
- Lessons may contain text and images and might have additional pages within the page.
- There might be media to view within a lesson, such as videos or audio.
- Tasks, tests, discussion forums, and more can be embedded into your lessons.
Tests and Quizzes on iKamva
- Go to your course.
- On the navigation block on the left-hand side of the screen, scroll down to Tests and Quizzes.
- Under Assessments, you will see available tests that you need to take.
- Click on the test name and then click on Begin Assessment.
- Once you have finished the test, click on Submit for Grading.
- You will then go to a confirmation page, and you will need to click on Continue to be able to see your results.
- This will give you instant access to your test results.
On the home page of iKamva, go to your course, and from there, you will be able to view important announcements on your course’s landing page. You can also go to Announcements on the left-hand side in the navigation block. This will give you access to all previous announcements.
There is also a Discussion Forum that you can access. You can join in on existing discussions, or you can start your own.
iKamva is very user-friendly, and there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube as well!