It was bad – UPSA students thrash virtual platform, urge improvement

It was bad – UPSA students thrash virtual platform, urge improvement

Some students at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) are calling for the improvement of the school’s e-learning platform as lectures begin for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Speaking to UPSANEWSROOM.com‘s Boamah Venessa Oduma, Thursday, the students said their experience with the platform was “just bad.”

Derrick Datsomor, a level 300 Accounting student said although it was the first time the school was doing something like the implementation was poor and the system was not fully equipped with the necessary materials for studying.

“Everything about it was appalling,” he said

Another student, Jessica Nyarko, a level 200 student said: “it was good but it wasn’t really good,”

She explained that teaching and learning were not as effective as she had anticipated because of the visible problems with the platform.

But for Thomas Gyamfi, everything was good. “Last semester was cool, it wasn’t that bad,” the level 200 Public Relation student told UPSANEWSROOM.com.

As students prepare to take classes online due to modular system announced by the school for face-to-face lectures, there are suggestions for management to address the problems with the e-learning platform.

“Lecturers should be patient and friendly with us as teaching and learning is not in class and that student should also make it a point to participate to ensure effectiveness,” Jessica told UPSANEWSROOM.com

On his part, Derrick said: “I think the system should be designed more appropriately in a way that students and lecturers can interact well with one another.”

Thomas has also suggested for the “school to adopt a system where data would be provided to access the virtual site.”

Also, Wiafe Hayford, a level 300 Accounting student said students were admitted in the school for face-to-face lectures and not a virtual one. Because of this, he would rather the school provide students with data bonuses to access the e-learning platform.

“I think they should provide us with some bonuses like giving the students SIM cards with data in order to access the internet,” he said.

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