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Change starts when someone takes the first step

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hannes Nel Sep 4, 2014. 21 Replies

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The Cumulative Effect of Private Provision

Started Jun 17, 2014 0 Replies

Perhaps I am not very good at statistics, but the claim made in the White Paper for Post-school Education and Training, page 42 does not make sense to me. On this page, second last paragraph, the…Continue

Are Verifiers Adding any Value to the Learning Process?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynel Farrell Jun 9, 2014. 20 Replies

I am reading Jacqui Baumgardt’s thesis on Quality Assurance Challenges for Private Providers, and just her problem statement already triggered visions of challenges and opportunities in my mind. No…Continue

The White Paper and the Promotion of Lifelong Learning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Roodnick Feb 6, 2014. 18 Replies

We often find that the DHET make decisions that actually hamper the achievement of the strategic objectives of the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path, the Industrial Policy Action Plan…Continue

 

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Francois Alberts replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Hannes, You make some very valid points in the discussion. The internet can "enrich the learning experience" however there is also a lot of misinformation and disinformation supplied that is of little use and can even misguide the…"
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Francois Alberts replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Irene, although I respect your points of view please allow me to make a few comments. It is not the "education system" of this country that is so "pathetic" it is the so called educationalists in the system that have a…"
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Charles Dey replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
"If we earn our living from (at least in part) imparting the future to our youth, should we not be prepared to take on this role by leading by example?   "
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sylvia hammond replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
"Charles, thank you.  That is a very interesting perspective.   I immediately wonder - where are the current visionary business leaders?  Your thoughts? "
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Des Squire replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
"I once heard a recording from TIME by Sir Lawrence Olivier that says - "if you would change the world my friends you must change your thinking" - this is so important where change is concerned as so many live and think in the past. We need…"
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Chris van Niekerk replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
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Charles Dey replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
"Thanks for these thoughts, Hannes and Sylvia. On the subject of youth unemployment, let's remember that in the '80's, via his "High Road/ Low Road" roadshow, Clem Sunter was instrumental in driving this country towards…"
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sylvia hammond replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Managing change in the group Learning Material Development
" Thank you Hannes, I agree with you regarding books - personally I do prefer text to an eBook. Also there is also nothing so rewarding as just spending time with books - whether in a good book shop or a library - to expand one's…"
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sylvia hammond replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Many years ago I had to chair a grading committee and one of the criteria is engraved on my mind and I often quote it, because it covers so much we deal with today - generally and at all levels: the solution is not obvious and may take time to…"
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Managing change

I firmly believe that our turbulent environment needs to be managed if we are to survive. The biggest mistake that we can make is to say that what we are doing and what is being done to us is acceptable, perhaps even good, because everybody does it. School children use this one a lot. “Dad, everybody uses drugs, why can’t I?” And now that we are adults: “Everybody is corrupt, accepts and pays bribes, why shouldn’t I?” Most mountaineers don’t climb mountains without safety equipment. Even…See More
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Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Hi everyone! I know that our pathetic education system in this country is useless, (we read about that and experience the results daily) but now I am really convinced that it is also archaic. Who the heck uses text books in this day and age? - they…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Is our educational system suffering from dissociative fugue? in the group Training Service Providers
"Well, I also use the internet to find out more about a topic or concept that tickles me. One of the characters in a book about Sherlock Holmes that I am reading used the word, so I wanted to know more about the meaning, which triggered the article..."
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Sylvia and Charles - you both raised rather important arguments (even though I could sense Sylvia's tongue in the cheek Scandinavian message). Will see if I can respond properly over the weekend."
May 22
Charles Dey replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"On the subject of textbooks I really fail to see the value of this archaic medium of instruction. I am really shocked to learn that people are wasting valuable time in writing material which is tailored to a particular curriculum when, if the…"
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MD and owner of Mentornet, a private training institution. We also design and develop learning materials and do quality assurance of ETD.
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Hannes Nel's Blog

Writing a email is like a declaration of war

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:30 12 Comments

Have you noticed, people often don’t interpret you email messages the way you meant it? This often leads to the demise of friendships and healthy business relationships. Take Facebook (or Twitter, MXIT, Whatsapp, BBM, etc.) as an example. Someone may send thousands of messages over a long period of time, and then, one day, they send just one, JUST ONE message that people interpret negatively, then all the good work of so many previous messages is down the drain. We all know of examples where…

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The thin line between bribery and paying for services rendered

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:19 5 Comments

Now don’t get me wrong – Mentornet will never ever pay anybody a bribe for the simple reason that it is against the law. Problem is, now that the Minister of Higher education and Training in his infinite wisdom decided to channel almost all skills grants to public learning institutions he might just have unleashed a new corruption and bribery beast in especially FET Colleges. If I add my own experiences to…

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Can private learning institutions lead the way in offering quality ETD?

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 13:40 5 Comments

In a Skills Universe message on 23 June 2013 Cas Olivier aired his view that private learning institutions are more flexible than public learning institutions and, as I understand it, private learning institutions should set the example in offering good quality ETD. If one were to research statistics on learning institutions you may well get the impression that he is right. However, as we have seen so…

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When the assessment system fails the student

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 14:12 9 Comments

I believe most of us know of instances where lecturers or other staff members of learning institutions actually collaborate with students to cheat in examinations. This also happens after the examinations, for example where assessors are instructed by their superiors to inflate the examination results so that the learning institution will not look bad. Any such practice is a disservice to the students because ultimately students are required to perform jobs for which their studies were…

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At 9:28am on March 07, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Happy birthday Hannes We really appreciate the contribution that you make to our community and wish you all the very best for a wonderful year ahead. Have a great day sylvia & the skills-universe team
At 10:04am on March 07, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Happy birthday Hannes - all the very best for a great day and a successful year. Thank you so much for the valuable contribution you make to our community - from sylvia and the skills-universe team
At 12:12pm on March 07, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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A birthday gift from the skills-universe team
At 3:30 on November 27, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Thank u Dr, according to my knowledge there is no NLRD for AET level 1 to 3, only GETC level, even DOE doesn't have am I correct? Do you perhaps know why? As AET is such a demand.
At 9:33 on November 26, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Hi Dr please help me I need to know is it obliged for a training provider to be accredited in order to offer AET level 1 and 2, hence there is no NLRD for AET?
At 9:56 on September 15, 2012,
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Wilma de Villiers
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Hi, Hannes

I always follow your discussions with interest and want to ask you to comment on my blog on 'skills universe as a civil society'.

Your input would be appreciated.


Regards

Wilma

At 11:17 on May 10, 2012, themba thulani sibanda said…

Thank you Dr Hannes Nel, let me contact you on email to provide the whole story.

At 2:32pm on May 02, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Thank you so much - sylvia
At 14:25 on June 2, 2011, Charlene Peens said…

Well said Johannes!  If more of us stand up against the Minister/s and all there unlanned and un-thought through changes, we should be able to raise a stronger voice.  I am starting to doubt the future of ETD in our country. When the OBE system started, I was one of the few people who cheered and said that we can make it work - to my disappointment, OBE has failed in my opinion and our children are suffering.  But as you very well stated, it is not the system that failed, but the people who had to implement it.  Children were already taught in OBE ways for almost a year when the teachers went for their first workshops... this is suicide in it's own right.

I am not sure where ETD is going to from now, but the QCTO has not been on a good start at all.  What will happen to ETD? What can we as providers do to assist in the turmoil?  I do agree with what you say about us guarding against being fly by nights because there are still hundreds - if not thousands - of fly by nights out there that operate exactly as you have described.  Shame on those who are brining the private provider down so badly...

 
 
 

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