A cen­tury of dis­tance learn­ing

Flex­i­bil­ity of­fered to more than 160 000 stu­dents

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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

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