Reimagining education through online learning at Wits in partnership with DigitalCampus

2015-08-31 12:08 - ADVERTORIAL
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Johannesburg - Investing in education as the bedrock of South Africa’s future is undoubtedly sound. But perhaps this investment should also take the form of reimagining education as we know it? And perhaps the best way to begin reimagining education and learning would be to redefine the learner?

The University of the Witwatersrand, a world leader in learning and education, in keeping abreast of international trends and gaps in the education landscape, has recognised the ever-growing need for learning in the corporate professional community – the need for practical skill improvement, workplace-applicable knowledge, professional development, workplace competence and career progression opportunities. The corporate professional has long been part of Wits’ learnership at Wits Plus (the Wits Centre for Part-time Studies), but now a partnership with LRMG Performance Agency, a team of performance experts and learning consultants with decades of experience in e-learning, has birthed a learning platform redesigned around the needs of the corporate professional.

DigitalCampus, a leading edge online delivery platform, partners LRMG’s market-leading management consulting and corporate learning experience with Wits University’s trusted and best practice courses. DigitalCampus redefines education around the corporate professional as learner, who is driven by quality rather than quantity, competence gaps rather than generalised information and workplace-applicable best practice rather than vague theory.

DigitalCampus is not simply about providing online access to short courses. It is about reimagining education, the university campus and the personal and professional potential of the business professional as it is currently known by combining online learning with the kind of interaction normally only received face-to-face. This custom approach to learning in our business short courses offers our students an experience that is unmatched in the South African market, and one that is rich in rewards. The growing demand for workplace learning is met, along with the professional’s growth mindset needs. Best practices and thought leadership are distilled, and crucial competency gaps are identified and closed, enabling our students to reach their professional aspirations, becoming more marketable and increasing their employment opportunities.

We’ve responded to our students’ needs and international trends by offering  a fully online study opportunity – no need to travel to classes after work in the evening; our courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and are fully adaptable to all device types. “Our vision is to make a world-class learning experience available to those who do not have access to face-to-face education opportunities”, says Dr Johan Swanepoel, the Director of Wits Plus.

Our “integrated learning” experience combines group collaboration, specially curated content and access to a subject matter expert. Get instant feedback, interact with fellow students, check your knowledge with frequent quizzes and let our learning facilitators guide you – all in the comfort and convenience of your own environment and timeline. This respect of the value of our students’ time and the acknowledgement of their busy schedules can also be seen in the fact that our eight-week courses conclude with an online exam in week 10 that implements cutting-edge technology to verify our students’ identities.

Successful students receive a Wits-certified CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE.

Our first course, Managing Labour Relations, had a 100% completion rate with 94% of students receiving a Wits-certified Certificate of Competence. This graduating class gave our course, our facilitators and their overall experience with DigitalCampus an 88% overall satisfaction rating.

But don’t believe them, put us to the test yourself. To view our current courses and for further information, please visit our website at www.digitalcampus.co.za

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