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How Technology Can Aid Universities In Providing Free Education In South Africa

In South Africa, acquiring an educational degree is seen as the only real path to securing good employment.

In light of this, South African President, Jacob Zuma made a pronouncement on December 2017 that higher education will be free for the poor. Now universities in the country will have to introduce some new quickly to tackle with the majority of individuals who would respond to the opportunity.

The newly appointed Director of Digital Learning Services at Eiffel Corp, Myles Thies, says that universities and lecturers that have treated digital learning as a secondary, supportive measure for face-to-face learning, will need to act quickly to include the growing number of students who are seeking for education and  advancement in their career.

While completing a Masters degree in Digital Learning at Edinburgh University, Thies has been questioning the  region of activity of digital learning, it’s rapid  evolution and it's effect on the way we learn in today’s connected world.

“South African universities and private educators have to address the way they create, offer and deliver their qualifications and courses. They now understand the needs of students better, the context in which they learn, as well as looking more closely at the digital quality of their course content and the way it used in the teaching process,” he says.

Students are now talk more about what they want and need, and expect courses and programmes in universities to be integrated digitally and multiple access options including mobile as a standard.

“From good learning design, the influence of media, algorithms and AI to the ethical questions related to analytics and monitoring of learning, the opportunities of eLearning are rich, diverse and exciting,” said Thies.

“At Eiffel Corp we are now servicing just about every need that the modern digitally enabled institution of learning is looking to achieve. We have dedicated functions for content development, project management and course delivery as well as accredited, digital teaching skills training programmes for educators. We also offer academic & technical consulting services, all delivered by highly experienced and capable individuals who have worked in public higher education and private sector throughout Southern Africa”, Thies concludes.