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Time to leave the boat?

Started this discussion. Last reply by sylvia hammond Oct 18, 2014. 3 Replies

On days like today I really think it is time to leave the boat in despair - when a learning programme evaluator cannot see that what he/she sees on a checklist as an 'Evidence locator grid' is…Continue

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Marie Smith replied to Celeste Maxime Lackay's discussion ETQA's Must Be Held Responsible for The Quality of Learning Materials in the group Learning Material Development
"Sorry that my views elicited such response. thank you, Sylvia, for professionalism."
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Marie Smith replied to Celeste Maxime Lackay's discussion ETQA's Must Be Held Responsible for The Quality of Learning Materials in the group Learning Material Development
"Sylvia, it is a good question. The QCTO web page link to 'Quality assurance framework under 'Occupational Quality Assurance' leads to a blank page. I could only find policies and procedures for quality assurance of assessment. The…"
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Marie Smith replied to Celeste Maxime Lackay's discussion ETQA's Must Be Held Responsible for The Quality of Learning Materials in the group Learning Material Development
"Celeste, good developers make their monthly income through HARD work, designing and developing audience- and learner-oriented examples, activities, being creative and innovative in developing materials, making sure that learners will BENEFIT from…"
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Marie Smith replied to sylvia hammond's discussion "We are illiterate" - three key words from the Farlam Marikana Report in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"Dolce, I have to differ from you. I have done quite some development of learning materials for the mining industry and I know that extensive skills development programmes DO exist in the major mining companies. production is critical, and teams do…"
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Marie Smith replied to sylvia hammond's discussion "We are illiterate" - three key words from the Farlam Marikana Report in the group HR & Personnel Practitioners
"Sylvia, I have the same questions. Illiteracy or low levels of literacy IS a massive problem in our country. I must, however also state that the mining companies are putting in major efforts and training budgets to educate and train their staff…"
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Assessors and moderators for Qual 66029 GETC: Chemical Operations - freelancing

Sourcing freelancing assessors and moderators registered with CHIETA for the above-mentioned qualification on behalf of a client in Mpumalanga.Interested individuals please send me a message via Inbox for further details.See More
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"Hannes, apologies that I drifted off to the how - the intention is to support your view of a strategic approach. "
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"Cas, and these are all building blocks for a healthy family and society, passed on to future generations. All therefore supporting your suggestion, Hannes, of getting the foundations right by starting with educating and empowering parents and…"
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Tell us about what you do
SkillsEdge was established in the beginning of 2010, recognising a need for well-developed learning materials and quality assurance services relating to behaviours that have an impact on the bottom line of any organisation — customer/guest service, supervision and management — to realise the vision and mission of an organisation, and to set an organisation apart from the competition.

SkillsEdge’s approach is to identify critical skills and performance requirements and translate these into effective learning programmes, coupled with assuring that service delivery is in accordance with the standards of an organisation and aligned to the vision and mission of the organisation.

Learning materials developed by SkillsEdge are designed to be relevant to the target group and include ample opportunity for practicing and implementing skills at the workplace.

I develop learning material, focussing on my areas of subject matter expertise: supervisory and management development, new venture creation, skills development, learning barriers, coaching, mentoring, customer service and customer service management. With ratification by technical subject matter experts, I have developed numerous technical learning programmes.

Developed more than 200 programmes under the auspices of ServiceSeta, W&RSETA, ETDPSETA, FoodBev and MQA.

I also assist training providers with accreditation with ServiceETA and W&RSETA.
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Marie visited Disney World Resort in Atlanta, USA, in 2005 to learn first-hand from this internationally-acclaimed guest experience organisation on how to create memorable experiences for guests.

She was trained on the implementation of quality management systems and quality assurance during an 8-year period as Head: Training Section, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

Project-managed development of full qualification (and developed most of the material) for mining management.
Extensive experience in management, management development, behaviour change through coaching and mentoring.
Experienced entrepreneur, understanding SMME retail.
Registered HR Professional with SA Board for People Practice (ETDP)
Assessor, Moderator- ServiceSETA W&RSETA, ETDPSETA
More than 15 years' experience as facilitator
Skills Development Facilitator

http://za.linkedin.com/pub/marie-smith/6/652/7b0
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At 23:11 on January 29, 2013, Charles Cotter said…

Hi, Marie, we are still in the initiation phase of the establishment of SAPTA. We had our founding meeting in November 2012 in which an Executive Council was elected. SAPTA has been registered with CIPRO. Three dedicated work groups were established to focus on the pivotal areas, namely: Governance; Membership/certification and Marketing/administration.

We plan to have our first networking breakfast sometime in April in which we will invite all interested stakeholders to join us and a more formal event in June 2013.

Essentially, SAPTA's vision is to instill and foster a culture of professionalism amongst trainers and to be the custodian of the rights, interests and needs of trainers. Indeed a tall order, but we have a fantastic ExCo and work group members to drive the process.

You are welcome to register and/or volunteer for the work groups. Our next meeting will be mid-February. SAPTA will be using Skills Universe and LinkedIn as communication platforms.      

At 11:25 on November 21, 2012, Suvrajit D Chowdhury said…

I am responsible for end-to-end e-learning & training solutions delivery across verticals like Educational Institutions, Corporates in IT, Telecom, Retail, BFSI, Healthcare etc. Leverage upon our years of experience in learning and training domain in different verticals and develop diverse solutions for various clients. 

Key service offerings are listed as below:

·         Custom Content Development (WBTs, CBTs, ILTs, VILTs, Blended Solutions, Webinars, Product Trainings, Process Trainings, HR/Sales Trainings, Compliance n Regulatory Trainings, Technical Trainings, Product Manuals, Walkthroughs, Catalogs, Assessments etc.)

·         Learning and Training Staff Augmentation (Provide Resources like Instructional Designers, Technical Writers, Quality Analysts, Multimedia Developers\Designers, Programmers, SMEs, Project Managers etc. in Onsite and Offsite models)

·         Content Localization (Text, Audio and Video translation in more than 40+ International languages like European, Latin American and Asia-Pac languages)

·         Content Re-purposing and Re-engineering (Conversion of legacy content into newer forms and newer technologies)

·         LMS/LCMS Solutions

·         Technical Trainings for Education

·         Mobile (Smart Phones & Tablets) and Game based Learning

·         Simulation/Scenario based learning

·         2D/3D Animations, Multimedia Services

·         XML/HTML Services

·         Learning Portals Development

·         Social Learning Communities Development

Please let me know if i could be at your assistance.

 

Regards,

Suvrajit

Marie Smith's Blog

ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 17:47 20 Comments

Most developers of learning materials are probably aware that the ServiceSETA adopted a new procedure for accreditation earlier this year. Where they previously evaluated the online application for compliance and then arranged a site visit during which the evaluator evaluated both the QMS and learning programmes for programme approval, they now first do a desktop evaluation of the documentation before arranging a site visit. The provider has to submit the QMS and learning materials in hard…

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Evaluating learning material to be acquired or developed

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:56 19 Comments

When deciding on a developer or a supplier of off-the-shelf SAQA-aligned outcomes-based learning material and assessments, the Training Provider's dilemma is how to evaluate the potential contractor or supplier.

Some time ago, the question arose of what guidelines can be given to training providers when they have to decide on contracting a designer/developer of outcomes-based learning material and assessments or when they buy 'off-the-shelf' material.

The suggestions that…

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Minister Nzimande's budget tomorrow - Main & Guardian

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 20:20 2 Comments

Nzimande's budget: Universities take strain

DAVID MACFARLANE: NEWS ANALYSIS - Apr 23 2012 17:52



On the eve of Parliament's crucial discussion on Tuesday about the financing of South…

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