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The People of UoPeople

J. Francois Barnard – 20 October 2019

When studying online, be prepared to meet people from all over the globe. I mean, really, from St Kitts and Nevis, from Russia, Italy, the Philippines, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal…

In the first few terms, I became friends with Chakib from Morocco and Aldy from the Philippines. Later I met Rahel from Switzerland, who was living in South Africa with her parents at KwaSizabantu, a mission station. I met her for coffee at a mall when she was visiting Pretoria. And I met Ana in the Economics class. She is from Spain but lives in Holland. Massimo is from Italy but lives in China, and David is from Ireland and lives in Australia.

UoPeople - Help! I’ve lost my assignment!

J. Francois Barnard – 20 October 2019

In this day and age of working and studying online, no one should lose any data. A few years ago, I lost data and a part of my life in photos! I undertook that this tragedy would never be repeated.

I have previously described my working environment and the computer hardware I use. Here I would like to explain a little more in detail about how I structure my data for my online studies.

UoPeople – What is a typical week like?

J. Francois Barnard – 20 October 2019

I guess that studying online is quite daunting for people who are not that computer literate. But if you have already familiarized yourself with filling out online forms, banking online, and buying from Amazon, you should get along with the UoPeople’s Moodle system quite well.

The students are all around the globe in different time zones. UoPeople’s clock is set to Eastern Standard Time in the USA, which is GMT -5. The academic week starts just after midnight on Thursday at 12:05 am UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone) and ends the following Wednesday at 11:55 pm UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone).

UoPeople – What should my study look like?

J. Francois Barnard – 20 October 2019

Gone are the days where you have a study surrounded with shelves to the rafters to host your numerous books. Although I love the look of it, and I love to crack open a book, the requirements of the modern-day study are somewhat different.

Because you study online, the first two items on the list are the computer and the internet connection. Without either, you cannot study online.

UoPeople – How does it all work?

J. Francois Barnard – 20 October 2019

The University of the People, or UoPeople as we call it, is an online university, and they call themselves the “Education Revolution.” And revolutionary it is!

Here are a few facts about UoPeople: