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Another Brick in the Wall?

Most universities have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by going online with their teaching programmes.  This is part of their response to make teaching and the completion of the academic year a priority.  Students need to achieve their qualifications and enter the economy to start working and start making a contribution almost ‘at any cost’. The common mood amongst academics suggests that this is temporary:- there will be a vaccine coming out soon and ‘things will get back to normal’.  Universities are notorious for their stickiness when it comes to changing the way in which they do things and…

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What will happen to South Africa’s matrics?

Johannesburg, September 2020 – Grade 12 is the most critical year of any learner’s academic life; the bridge between secondary and higher education, as it were. For the more than 700 000 students enrolled in matric, this final year has become far more than a challenge. With Covid-19 stalking the corridors, their futures are looking decidedly dubious. Ten million. That’s how many African students have been scrambling for a solution to an academic year gone haywire, according to UNESCO. Add to this the classrooms full of Grade 12 learners who were expecting to join older students on campus next…

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The trend towards shorter, specific, skills-based courses in 2020.

The first thing people associate with university degrees and diplomas is a guarantee of financial stability, but in recent times this association has been proven insufficient. Some employers are of the opinion that short course qualifications that are recent, relevant and specific of a person’s current skills requirements are of utmost important as an addition to a qualification which if received years ago may have become outdated. While the demand for degree, diploma and higher certificate programmes hasn’t declined, there does appear to be an increase in demand for short courses and more specifically skills based online short courses.

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Online Learning and it’s Geographies

The presence of geography in information has an integral reality about it which is not always recognised and appreciated.  The reasons for this are myriad, but the extent to which the geography is unequivocal in its presence, ingrained in the context, and uninvited but still impossible to exclude, have made it seem like a seamless part, forever poised at the edges of our thinking but more often ignored and waiting in vain for the curtain call of recognition. The geography of the moment or of the experience is, however, superbly significant, whether we understand or recognise it or not. …

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Distance Education Rises to the Occasion during the CoVID-19 lockdown

Distance Learning, the Keeper of Higher Education during a Worldwide Pandemic The challenges facing institutions of Higher Learning during the CoVID-19 lockdown have left many with no option but to turn to online learning to avoid disruptions to learning and teaching programmes across the globe.  Fortunately, the IMM Graduate School has not been caught off guard during the Coronavirus pandemic, nor has it been left scrambling to keep learning and teaching going. For the most part it is business as usual. We have already spent the past several years, implementing cutting edge online learning principles, and as such “going…

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Sunday Ted Talk – A guide to collaborative leadership

In Lorna Davis’ insightful TED Talk, she explains how our idolisation of heroes is holding us back from solving big problems and why we as a civilization need to rely on each other to make real changes in our society. Davis also gives us real-world examples of the heroes that already walk amongst us.

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Sunday Ted Talk – Why gender-based marketing is bad for business

As effective as this marketing tactic is, Gaby Barrios explains why gender-based marketing is bad for business and consumers. Barrios explains that not only does it create gender stereotypes, but it doesn’t drive nearly as much business as we might think.  In this TED Talk, Barrios shows businesses how they can find better ways to reach customers and grow their brands. Watch her:…

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Sunday Ted Talk – Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Watch Tim Urban’s hilarious TED Talk as he explains what goes on in the mind of an expert procrastinator. Follow Urban as he takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window, and a close up look at India. Urban encourages us to take a closer look at what we’re really procrastinating on, and why we should start improving our time management skills. Watch Urban’s TED Talk here:  …

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Learnings move online: transforming the education sector

Technological innovation has changed more than just the way we live and work – it is also deeply impacting the way we learn. It’s hardly surprising then that, in their Global Shapers report, the World Economic Forum predicted that online learning is “the future of education”. LUCINDA JORDAAN talks to Dr Cecelia Rosa, Head of Teaching and Learning at IMM Graduate School. While formal schooling systems have changed little over the past 300 years, the slow process of global synchronisation has sped up since the 1980s – and more so over the last decade alone. This has been exponentially…

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What is online learning and is it for you?

What is online learning and is it for you? When trying to balance work and family life, the thought of furthering your studies can be daunting. Online learning may be the answer! In this blog we explore online learning as a mode of studying towards a qualification. Online learning, which is also known as correspondence learning, is a form of education where face-to-face interaction between students and lecturers is limited or sometimes non-existent. Students signed up for an online learning programme typically study from home, instead of physically attending classes at an institution. This concept is far from new.

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