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How to streamline your examination processes

Exams are stressful for students! But probably even more so for lecturers and staff members.  For examinations to run smoothly, there are processes that need to be followed. Several channels of communication are pulled into these processes, and ultimately, there should be a central point where these processes are managed. If any of the links […]

How to prepare students for the 21st Century workplace

In 2018, we can safely say we are no longer on the brink of a technological revolution, but part of it. Known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this is the new industrial era where technologies fuse to blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. What this means for the future of today’s’ […]

Four tips for preparing stellar online content

Four tips for preparing stellar online content Cape Town, 13 February 2018:  According to Forbes, in 2017 South Africa had 21 million internet users.  According to the research, 40% of our population went online last year, although much usage was social media, networking and entertainment, online learning and digital education are on the rise. With […]

Cultural diversity and online learning

South Africa is home to a diversity of cultures and languages. It is this heritage that creates both the richness and complexity within our country. With 11 official languages, the Education sector is greatly influenced by our diversity. Our cultures influence the patterns of education. But with such a massive range of cultures, the question […]

Staffroom: Making life a little easier for those who inspire

“There is nothing wrong, with getting it wrong…you learn so much more through the process.” Wendy Horn, Global Teacher Prize Nominee 2018  Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms. Many of us would agree that we had that one teacher who influenced us to set life goals and achieve our best. That one teacher who made us pursue our tertiary studies or […]

Student Information Systems: Simple solutions to complex problems 

Student Information Systems: Offering simple solutions to complex problems  The birth of the Internet set the course for the technological advances that we see unfolding today. Not only has technology leapt in development, it is also completely intermingled with every practicality of our lives. It is therefore not surprising that these changes have had an […]

Celebrate Women

Celebrating Women in Education: Clare Reilly  South Africa celebrated its first National Women’s Day in 1995. This day was declared a holiday as part of the remembrance of all women who united as one voice on 9 August 1956. Their motivation? To protest the norm, to speak up against injustice and to show the power of joining […]

Education: one of the most powerful weapons to change the world

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela The Oxford Dictionary defines Education as, “The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.” As a noun, it is described as, “a body of knowledge acquired while being educated.” So in essence Education involves […]

The Impact Of Technology On Education In Rural SA

THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON EDUCATION IN RURAL SA South Africa’s education system faces many challenges. This is true especially for our rural areas, where basic infrastructure is often lacking and combined with socio-economic circumstances, these remotely based learning institutions are kept at a disadvantage. While access to information and communication technology may often be […]

Celebrating Eiffel Corp – a culmination of 20 years

Celebrating Eiffel Corp – a culmination of 20 years

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before…

We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.” Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum 2016

In May 2018 Eiffel Corp hosted our 20 years of excellence celebrations, from 1998 – 2018.  And while often with celebrations we reflect on the past, these celebrations also shed a bright light into the future.

In his opening statements, co-founder Andre van der Merwe quoted Hans Georg Gadamer as follows: “Understanding begins when something addresses us.” Simply put, this means we only try and grasp our environment when it affects us personally.

In 2018 one of the greatest realities we are faced with is the exponential speed at which technology has developed over the past 20 to 40 years. Today we face endless possibilities, with billions of people connected by smartphones, an increase in online storage capacity, access to knowledge like never before and not to forget the breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence.

When Eiffel Corp was founded, the World Wide Web was at its infancy, with Google starting its operations this year and Nokia launching its first cell phone with Internet access two years prior. It is quite evident that the magnitude of the World Wide Web or Internet had not completely penetrated our local or the global Education system yet.  But it was obvious that this virtual access to knowledge would have a major impact on a global scale. So the question was what would the impact on Education be and how would we harness this major technological development to optimise learning and teaching. WebCT was one of the first products that facilitated this integration of online access to Education by students and lecturers. As technology advanced, so the role of WebCT grew and changed, later to be adopted by Blackboard, offering a fully integrated suite of technologies to manage a Higher Education Institute, opening up the opportunity for learning to be available and accessible at any time and place.

Twenty years down the line, we are now asking how technology and blended learning can advance education into previously impenetrable circumstances. The tools on offer are no longer about accessing information but offer an exchange  - submitting and accessing information. It has become a real-time opportunity for not only virtual education, but for incorporating face-to-face education with the virtual realm for both teaching and learning. Referred to as blended learning, it is the “thoughtful integration of classroom face-to-face learning experiences with online learning experiences,  [with] considerable complexity in its implementation with the challenge of virtually limitless design possibilities and applicability to so many contexts.” (Garrison & Kanuka 2004).

In simple terms, what this means is technology has integrated into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It is no longer a point of access to knowledge, but part of our general knowledge or tools for tackling practicalities of our everyday habits. This, therefore, brings up the next fundamental question – how do we rethink and redesign teaching and learning approaches and the relationships involved to fit into this new reality within the 21st Century?

This is a question we are already addressing with solutions, and foresee ourselves taking leadership in over the next 20 years, just as we have done for the past 20 years. The proof has not been in our successes, but in the success stories of how technological solutions have made a difference in the lives of the nearly 10 million students, we have been involved with through our clients over the past 20 years.

We have been and will remain fanatical about learning, finding and developing technological solutions that not only work for Higher Learning Institutions but also address the importance of efficiently integrating these technologies by enabling lecturers as well as students. Because we believe in this momentum of technological advancement, we can only develop and implement digital solutions successfully if we play a part in developing the leadership to play their part in applying these tools successfully.

Have a look at how we celebrated this momentous occasion: