Most South African matriculants have come through a state schooling system which is still very much traditionally orientated. The unfortunate reality for new tertiary students and their parents is that their expectations of what effective education delivery looks like is very much rooted in a mindset which sees a lecturer lecturing for an entire lesson as the best practice method of education delivery.
The most optimal use of classroom time is achieved when students, equipped with a basic understanding of content through self-study, are engaging hands on with course content, solving problems through groupwork, and workshopping case studies in order to find the solutions primarily on their own – rather than through the lecturer. Knowledge retention is far superior when the students are discussing a topic, explaining a topic, presenting ideas, teaching it to others or engaging in interactive material on a topic.
In an ideal model, technology is still used before lessons for pre-lecture preparation and after lessons for research, projects and assignments. Modern technology should still play a vital role inside the classroom as well, through interactive activities.
Graduates who are able to communicate at a high level, work well as part of a team, think critically and who are able to solve complex problems will be far more flexible and a considerably stronger asset to an employer than graduates who have come through a purely traditional or purely distance model of tertiary education. An optimised blended approach combining eLearning with interactive classroom time is the ideal method to create such graduates.
An optimal model of education discussed above is now being offered by MSC Business College, which is termed the ‘COLE Model’ (Career Orientated Learning Experience). MSC Business College have been operating for 28 years and has 14 sites of delivery around South Africa.
For more info please contact Jackie Smith on 011 403 1381 or email [email protected]