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[USRN Webinar Series #4 - Week 2] Community Engagement Using a Hybrid Approach
Digital media have increased the resources available to universities to develop and implement innovative university social responsibility (USR) projects using hybrid approaches of engagement. This webinar will focus on the USR projects developed by three different Faculties at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in order to continue with their USR projects, despite the constraints imposed by the national lockdown conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Pretoria Law Clinic will provide a presentation focusing on how the Clinic had been able to continue its community interventions through the creation of unique virtual communication and file management systems (parallel to the High Courts’ virtual “CaseLines” litigation system) and a hybrid infrastructure enabling virtual communication with clients. Department of Social Work & Criminology at the University of Pretoria will discuss the following three projects developed for their final-year students: (a) a video on motor skills exercises for learners, (b) podcasts shared on a virtual platform with older persons who had become increasingly isolated during the lockdown, and (c) a virtual support network for health care workers at a hospital using the WhatsApp platform. The Occupational Therapy Department will provide an input on interprofessional and interdisciplinary work coordination in resource-constrained contexts.

Mar 28, 2022 12:00 PM in Harare, Pretoria

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