South Africa: How technology can aid universities in providing free education

JOHANNESBURG – In light of the free higher education pronouncement by the South African President Jacob Zuma, universities in South Africa will have to innovate quickly to address the vast numbers that will seek to respond to the opportunity.

This innovation will especially poignant in the South African context where getting an education is seen as the only real path to securing gainful employment.

Universities and lecturers that have treated digital learning as a secondary, supportive measure for face-to-face learning, will need to act rapidly to include the growing number of students who seek education and career advancement, that is according to newly appointed Director of Digital Learning Services at Eiffel Corp, Myles Thies.

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 context and the way it is used in the teaching process”.

Students have become more vocal about what they want and need and expect courses and programmes to have digital integration and multiple access options that include mobile as a standard.

Thies added: “At Eiffel Corp we are now servicing just about every need that the modern digitally enabled institution of learning is looking to achieve.”

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