Ketso Connect was seen as a way to give students something extra, when so much is being taken away from them during the pandemic. When studying can be potentially more confusing and less active, the kit gives a way to grow ideas and insights, which can promote deeper reflection and engagement. Students report finding the tactile and visual approach more engaging than using a pen and paper to take notes.
Ketso Connect helps students prepare, organise and prioritise their studies and learning and can be used effectively as part of remote and blended learning, the new norm for students. Using Ketso Connect for short break-out discussions or to structure interactive workshops, lecturers can help students take turns in communicating, and track their learning and insights in a highly focused way. Students and tutors connect together via the medium of the hands-on kits.
A powerful feeling of belonging to a learning community emerges from everyone engaging in the same activity at the same time, despite being separated by distance. This can be enhanced by the option of having the University / departmental logo added to each kit. Ketso Connect has also proved a great tool for self-directed study, invaluable for all kinds of learning activities, from developing essay plans, to project planning and self-organising.