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African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference
News from Biztech Africa:
By BiztechAfrica – April 14, 2014, 6:21 p.m.
For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.
While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.
In this way the Maendeleo Foundation has reached 37,000 people in East Africa – 80% students, but also teachers and out-of-school groups: youth, women, farmers and local business people.
For Asia Kamukama, the solar school is not a stop-gap solution, but a complement to the education system and a vital technology for future…………… continues on Biztech Africa
2014: The year of e-learning?
News from Civil Service World:
Employees now use high quality technology – smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks or netbooks – in their everyday lives and also expect to be able to use them at work. Many HR departments have begun to embrace this shift, but many are still catching up – training, learning and development need to reflect the trend to online and mobile not simply because it is the ‘next big thing’ but because it can have genuine and measurable benefits.
For example, e-learning provides organisations with a great opportunity to develop their employees, whilst giving them the flexibility to learn at their own pace. This not only benefits employees but also the organisation as a whole, ensuring members of staff have more of an opportunity to develop their talents, review the learning and apply it. However, it is not as simple as replacing existing training techniques with e-learning. Instead, employers need to understand how e-learning can support the organisation and its employees, and communicate with them to ensure that they are overcoming any barriers and using e-learning to its full potential.
Understanding your workforce
When introducing an e-learning programme, L&D professionals need to take into account the differing technical experience of their employees. Most organisations have a mix of skills and understanding, which means there’s not a ‘one size fits all’…………… continues on Civil Service World
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