Via Afrika Snapshot of eLearning 2014

As a leading educational publisher in South Africa with a long local history, Via Afrika prides itself on its successes in meeting the demands of curriculum change, teachers and learners. We have become aware of a shift in learning and teaching materials from printed to digital materials. But we are also aware of how much difference in opinion seems to exist about the readiness of South Africa for eLearning. In keeping with our belief that it is critical to provide the right learning and teaching materials to teachers and learners at all times, we embarked on research into the current situation with regard to digital education in South Africa. The research was conducted using a questionnaire distributed to ICT officials across all nine provincial education departments and augmented with secondary sources. There is still much room for further research in this area. However, this study marks an important starting point from which to build our knowledge base in this growing field. Future editions of the Via Afrika Snapshot of eLearning in South African schools will track challenges and progress in South Africa’s eLearning landscape from this point of reference. The results of this inaugural research have provided us with an interesting and positive snapshot of eLearning in South African schools. Click here to download the report.   Via Afrika Snapshot of eLearning in the media: Is South Africa ready for digital education? South Africa’s e-book spending balloons Challenges of digital learning Less than a third of SA teachers have basic IT training SA e-learning under the spotlight e-Learning in South Africa (from enhanced-learning.org) e-Learning in South Africa (from CNBC...

Via Afrika Test-Urself

Via Afrika Test-Urself is the perfect study-buddy for every learner in South Africa. The app tests your knowledge and skills in all your school subjects with a set of free questions. More tests on specific areas of each subject can be bought from within the app. Detailed feedback on each question you answer will ensure that you make a success of your exams, and boost your confidence as you see your results improve! With so many questions hand-picked to test your knowledge and develop your skills, Via Afrika Test-Urself will quickly become your revision resource of choice. Via Afrika Test-Urself and Via Afrika ToetsUself are available for Android devices here (English) and here (Afrikaans).   Via Afrika Test-Urself in the media: Built in Africa: Via Afrika wants to use technology to educate the continent How to pick an educational app Matric exam app hopes to help pupils...

Christina Watson Via Afrika CEO in the Foreign Policy Global top 100 innovators

Cape Town – Christina Watson, CEO of Via Afrika has been honoured with a place in the category for innovators on Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 – a list of the people making a difference in the world. There is no nomination or entry for this award. Foreign Policy monitors media coverage of people and events and identify the candidates that way. It’s usually a surprise to those who receive a place. Christina been working in educational publishing since 1990. She studied for a B.Ed. degree and surprisingly only taught for four months. She feels that she has been fortunate to have had an opportunity to work across a number of disciplines in my publishing career, operating as publishing director, sales director, marketing director, production manager and now, since 2009, as CEO. I completed an MBA in 2007. Tell us a bit about Via Afrika, its focus and achievements. Via Afrika is a leading publisher and has been producing content for South African schools since 1948. We are a truly South African company and pride ourselves on the fact that we do all our production and printing locally. Since 2012 we have produced digital versions of all our school textbooks with enhancements like videos to facilitate the learning process. The key feature of these epubs is that once loaded onto a device, they can all be used off-line. We were the first publisher offering a full range of Caps curriculum aligned enriched ebooks. The next step for us was to develop educational apps like Test-Urself, which learners can use to prepare themselves for exams and...

Via Afrika Publishers People’s Choice Award

Do you know a teacher who has changed the lives of the people in his or her community? A teacher who has gone the extra mile, someone who made a difference in your life? Via Afrika Publishers in partnership with the Department of Basic Education would like to acknowledge these special people with the Via Afrika Publishers’ People’s Choice Award. Community members can nominate a teacher of their choice who made a difference in their lives.Nominate...