A century of distance learning
Flexibility offered to more than 160 000 students
EDUCOR’S International College Group (ICG) is South Africa’s leading distance learning organisation. Established in Cape Town in 1906 as the International Correspondence School, ICG has developed a number of excellent and well-known brands, such as INTEC College, Damelin Correspondence College, Lyceum College and the Academy of Mathematics and Science.
“ICG offers flexibility with respect to time, content, entry requirements, instructional resources and delivery,” says CEO Adrian Morris. “Providing that personalised flexibility to more than 160 000 active students requires a robust product development, configuration and servicing platform.”
Morris says flexible learning is often taken as synonymous with distance learning. “However, there’s more than distance that can vary. Flexibility can involve timing and course options, media and channels to support learning as well as many other possibilities. Flexible learning is therefore best described as a movement away from a situation where key decisions concerning learning dimensions are made in advance.”
The company has made significant investments in developing the processes, systems and technology to provide that flexibility. “And ICG will continuously search for ways to improve the platform.” Looking at the different brands, Morris says their main ranges are: • INTEC offers a broad and diverse range of courses that extends both formal and informal education. The college has more than 130 000 active students, supported by a network of tutors, a student counselling service and a student inquiry service. Damelin Correspondence College, which enrols more than 11 000 students/year, is SA’s most recognised and respected private education provider, offering courses tailored to high school and business education. Lyceum is a registered higher education provider focusing on niche programmes in fleet management, traffic policing, general management and teacher training. The Academy of Mathematics and Science offers self-study maths and science support modules to more than 10 000 students/year. With regard to the future of learning in SA and ICG’s role, Morris says that education and learning is no longer an expensive luxury but the foundation for increased productivity, growth and personal development.
ICG foresees three key future drivers of flexible learning – virtualisation, personalisation and lifelong learning – says Morris. “Furthermore, we believe that key technologies, such as wireless broadband coupled with innovative devices, can extend educational opportunities to students who can’t take courses in a face-to-face setting.”
Learning opportunity to all South Africans. Adrian Morris