Submitting assignments this semester has been a real pain in the backside due to the constant unavailability of myUnisa.
Initially all first assignments for the second semester were given an extension of more than a week after the initial due date and now it looks like the second assignments are getting the same treatment.
What's going on? Is it just incompetence on the part of the myUnisa administrators? Or has the volume of students using the internet to submit their assignments just grown so quickly that Unisa can't keep up?
For what it's worth, this isn't the first time myUnisa has caused problems with submitting assignments. The past 3 semesters have all been plagued with the same symptoms, so it's not as if Unisa didn't know something was wrong.
On the other hand, perhaps it's out unique South African habit of leaving everything until the last minute (think RICA, voter registration, etc.) that's causing some of the problems. Most students who submitted their assignments early had no problems and if more of us did so we could probably avoid the frustration and irritation that goes along with not being able to submit your assignment.
What's your opinion? Let us know in the forum or send an email or two to Unisa to let them know how you feel.
On the bright side, the assignment period is nearly over, so it's almost time to start cramming and stressing for the exams. A lot of people that started this journey with me are finishing their degrees this semester and with the luck of a thousand leprechauns I might be doing the same.
Good luck to all of you writing and finishing off your degrees.
So, Unisa has confirmed that it's ineptitude on their side that has caused all the trouble.
Hardware failure? Seriously? Who's running their servers? My money's on Forrest Gump, Homer Simpson or a struggling first year CS student.
Maybe someone should mention terms such as clustering, virtualization, RAID, failover, load balancing and performance monitoring to them?
For them to blame the problems with myUnisa on hardware suggests a level of ineptitude and lack of knowledge of how to adminster a website that beggars belief. We're not talking about some site meant for the consumption of a few hundred people daily: we're talking about their main way of communicating and interacting with students. We're talking about an indispensable area of the institution.
If I was working for Unisa's IT department, I'd be hanging my head in shame and thinking about a change of career. These guys are so clueless it's scary.
My suggestion would be for them to outsource their IT to someone that know's what they're doing. If they're so useless they can't even monitor their servers they shouldn't be allowed near them.