On 24 and 25 a historic workshop took place at the Hohenhort Cellars Hotel in Constantia, Cape Town, to establish a Digital Content Forum.
The workshop was attended by senior officials of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), officials from provincial education departments, the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), digital content developers and other stakeholders. Kobus van Wyk, the CEO of ADESSA, facilitated the session. The event was sponsored by The Training Room Online (TTRO).
Dr Aaron Nkosi of the DBE applauded the work done during the workshop and expressed the hope that this will strengthen the partnership between education authorities and the digital education industry.
The three main outputs of the workshop are:
- The formation of a sub-committee to develop standards for digital content
- The formation of a sub-committee to develop a screening process for digital content
- The decision to establish a formal Digital Content Forum that will meet regularly.
It was a unanimous decision that ADESSA would be steering the Digital Content Forum. Once the sub-committees have completed their work, it will be presented to the relevant DBE structures for approval and ratification.