Students enrolled for academic programmes on the Telematic Services platform are supported by a combination of satellite, cell phone (WhatsApp) and web-based technology to create an effective virtual learning environment. In their teaching, lecturers use a connected variety of learning opportunities that range from synchronous interaction (satellite-based technology) to asynchronous interaction via the SUNLearn discussion groups. These are methods that combine to establish a social learning space that supports the construction of knowledge. In this way, lecturers can improve their direct connectivity with students through broadcasts, but at the same time provide continued support and tracking via web-based interaction, e.g. online assessment, online tracking tools, wikis and blogs.