Digital programme to up-skill digital teaching competencies in South Africa

Digital programme to up-skill digital teaching competencies in South Africa

Digital programme to up-skill digital teaching competencies in South Africa. (image: E-learning Industry)

Digital Teaching and Learning Series Certification (DTLS), a SETA accredited digital training programme aims to up-skill digital teaching competencies in South Africa. In a study run by Via Afrika, less than 35% of South Africa’s teachers have been trained in basic digital and ICT skills by 2011

Eiffel Corp, an education technology company were the first partner worldwide to be accredited by Blackboard to offer the Digital Teaching and Learning Series Certification in 2017, the programme will be offered to the public from May 2018.

“The accreditation adds credibility to this international programme, which is applicable to all educators across the country, and the public courses will up-skill anyone who wishes to add digital teaching competencies to their current skills”, said Myles Thies, Director of Digital Learning Services.

“Aside from upskilling educators in SA, the SETA accreditation offers teachers 10, level 5 credits which contribute towards recognised professional development,” he added. “Educators and Institutions are assured that the DTLS programme has met with the required academic criteria and aligns with recognized and relevant outcomes of the education department,” he said.

Over 100 academic faculty at University of Johannesburg will complete level 2 by the end of 2018 to produce students that are equipped for the workplace via teaching pedagogy delivery using technology. Key skills such as technical and IT skills are critical for student employability.

“Our experience has identified many educators have strong academic experience, and competency to teach, but are less confident teaching with technology.”

“As students engage with digital literacy via social media, they have the same expectations of their education experience. They want to learn using multi-media tools, that are available 24/7.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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