In a bold move, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), conducted a workshop with the theme Relevance and Impact of Technology – How Do We Measure It? in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 September 2018. Delegates were invited from four sectors: school principals, WCED officials, academics and the business sector. The latter sector was co-ordinated by ADESSA.
Twelve members of ADESSA attended the event and had the opportunity to discuss challenges, and ways in which the business sector can assist the department to ensure that technology has the desired impact.
This workshop was promised to be only the first in a series of such workshops, during which ADESSA will explore the best way for its members to form meaningful partnerships with education.
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.
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