Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT)


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​​​​​​​​Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT)


The primary purpose of the Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) is to promote the use of innovative academic technologies to
  • provide a richer learning experience for our students, and
  • fulfil our vision of 21st century skilled academia at the University of Johannesburg.

We do this by providing:

  • Access to an integrated website for all UJ services (via the uLink portal) – also available on your smartphone.
  • Blackboard (UJ’s learning management system) for a rich learning and teaching experience, including obtaining lecture notes and study guides, communication between lecturers and students, announcements, submitting assignments, and doing electronic assessments and grading.
  • The CAT helpdesk for Blackboard technical support for students and staff.
  • Self-service and online resources to develop technical skills.
  • uHelp – an online platform with guidelines on the use of Blackboard and Library resources.
  • Skills development opportunities, including basic computer and tablet skills workshops, an online MS Office training module, and information sessions for first-year students on all available CAT and UJ online services.
  • Faculty-specific support by Instructional Designers to lecturing staff regarding their Blackboard modules or any technology related queries.
  • Blackboard workshops for staff members and students on request.
  • Academic writing and research tools.

For more information please visit our Services page.

Contact us

Phone: +27 11 559 3556

Email: uhelp@uj.ac.za