UNAM Student Portal vs Moodle Learning Management System (LMS)

The University of Namibia (UNAM) is the largest higher education institution in Namibia with a growing student population of over 30,144. UNAM student portal and the e-learning platform are what makes the institution stands along with (or stands out from) the other universities in Africa.

In this article, we provide information on UNAM's student portal and the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). 

UNAM student portal

What is UNAM Student Portal?

Unam portal is an online portal that enables current students to gain access to academic information as well as updates regarding the welfare, support and learning materials provisions.

UNAM Student Portal is the web front (like a gateway) to the University of Namibia’s programs and other learning-related materials. The students will have to have their user names and passwords to gain access to the portal. Therefore, all students must register and open an account before commencing studies at the university.

How to register for UNAM Student Portal

If you are a prospective student, not registered at UNAM, you have to go through the following steps:

  • Apply, 
  • Register, 
  • Change personal information, 
  • Get academic and other information and 
  • Make payments.

When you have registered, you can use your user names and password and login into the student portal. 

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UNAM Student helpful resources

Here are other helpful resources that you might find useful:

Change Student Portal Password

For security reasons, you should change your password to a stronger password. Here is how to change your password.

Have your Cellphone number and email address ready.

  1. Visit this link by copy-and-paste into an Internet Browser.: www.office.com
  2. Enter your student email address. i.e. yourstudentnumber@students.unam.na
  3. Enter your UNAM student portal password, and click on Sign In.
  4. Follow the prompt & select NAMIBIA (+264) >Enter your cellphone number >Make sure that “Text me a code” is selected and click on NEXT.
  5. Enter the number sent to you by SMS and click NEXT >wait for the 'SUCCESS' message.
  6. Follow the prompt > CLICK on the X button to Exit
  7. Change Password: Enter your Old Password (the UNAM student portal one). Enter a New Password, and Confirm the new password.
That's it. You are set. Do not disclose your password to anyone!

Uses of UNAM Student Portal vs Moodle LMS

It seems that there there is a misunderstanding about the uses (or purposes) of UNAM Student Portal and UNAM Moodle LMS. In fact, the online teaching and learning will be done through the Moodle Learning Platform, rather than the Student Portal.  

The university mentioned that as part of the remote Learning and Teaching strategy of the University, these two platforms (student portal and LMS Moodle) will complement each other.

UNAM MOODLE LMS (Learning Management System)

Moodle provides for effective student-centred learning through active interaction with fellow students, learning content or activities. Something that cannot be done to the same extent through the Student Portal.  It further provides opportunities for mobile learning through the Moodle Mobile app and assessment through the use of mobile devices. Please click on the following links:

  • To download the Moodle mobile app:  https://download.moodle.org/mobile/
  • More information/learning materials about the Moodle mobile app: https://docs.moodle.org/38/en/Moodle_app

What UNAM LMS Moodle Can do

Students and staff should use Moodle for the following:

  • Access to all registered modules
  • Access to all remote Learning and Teaching activities
  • Student-Lecturer interaction
  • Download learning materials for offline access
  • Collaborative learning
  • Instant feedback on online tests and other assessments

What UNAM Student Portal Can do

Students and staff should continue to use the UNAM Portal for the following:

  • Proof of Registrations, Academic Records and Progress Reports
  • Inter-Account Transfers and Refunds
  • Financial Statements
  • University Notices
  • Lecturer notices to Students 
This information is provided to help the students from Namibia. It is compiled from the university manuals, handbooks and online resources that are available to the general public.

Check out the list of resource we have compiled for students here. If you like the information we provide here, please share it, now. 

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