The University of Ghana Computing System says it has procured additional storage space for Sakai Learning Management System as part of measures to ensure that a smooth conduct of this semester’s exams online, starting Monday June 8, 2020.
Since the closure of schools by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo in March 2020 due to Covid-19, schools have resorted to the use of online learning platforms to ensure that the academic year is not interrupted.
Students of the University of Ghana who were apprehended because of challenges faced during online quizzes, now have no cause for alarm because the university management has procured 20 terabyte extra storage to minimize the disruption of connectivity on e-learning platform (Sakai) come Monday.
Speaking on the Campus Exclusive Show this morning, Chief Information Technology Officer at UGCS, Lucas Chigabatia said that:
” Pressure has risen astronomically with the over 3,800 courses created on the Sakai platform. As a result of that, we have run out of storage on the platform since this was not planned for before Covid-19 striked. However, with the approval of management additional 20 terabyte storage has been procured two days ago and the technical team is configuring that to ensure we can accommodate the content load”
Mr. Chigabatia also stated that four new load balancers have been installed to minimize the challenge of overload on the Sakai system during quizzes.
“We have currently deployed 4 new servers which are in balancing mode, this means that there is a server that rations the distribution of load among the four application servers. The previous server was overwhelmed with the load and so we have deployed load balancers whose capacities are 4 times that of the old. We are expecting that load balancing would not be an issue going into the exams”
Provision has also been made for students without laptops and other electronic devices to take the exams online.
Computer labs on campus have been made available for students to access during exams; with a 40 sitter lab open to only 16 students at a time to ensure social distancing.
The no mask, no entry protocol would be observed and use of hand sanitizers will be strictly adhered to.
Story by: Nana Abena Grant | universnewsroom.com