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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

SDL levies rebate

Started this discussion. Last reply by sylvia hammond Feb 8, 2013. 5 Replies

I will appreciate any information or reference to formal documentation or the Minister's announcement relating to the SDL rebate reduction to 20%.Continue

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Marie Smith commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Hannes, so true what you are saying about corrupt practices. I have heard people say if you change 20% of a document, it is no longer infringement of copyright. I doubt that argument will stand in a court of law. We as developers need to stand firm…"
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Hannes Nel commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"There are two ways in which developers of training materials can do this: 1. Develop the materials and have it evaluated and approved by the relevant QA body. 2.Develop the materials and have the purchaser articulate the contents to their own needs,…"
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sylvia hammond commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Thanks for that clarification Marie.  Agree yes all the providers are entitled to fair administrative action.  To give preferential treatment does not comply with that requirement.   Certainly that also should be reported to all the…"
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Marie Smith commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Sylvia, thank you for explaining the levels of action to take - definitely valuable. Not sure if I created the impression of theft of my client's intellectual property, which is not the case. The point I wanted to make is that if the former…"
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sylvia hammond commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Hi Marie,   On the contrary I suggest that there is a great deal that can be done. I have a great deal of respect for what the DHET Minister has achieved in the post-school education & training landscape.  I personally don't…"
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Corne Koelewyn commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Marie maybe i could be of assistance in finding out what is going on in regards to your clients desktop evaluations and why it is not attended to. if their is a case that one of the seta staff members boast about her accreditation then i would love…"
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Marie Smith commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Sylvia, interesting that you mention this. I am assisting clients with accreditation with ServiceSETA. With two clients we have been waiting since 12 February for the relevant department in the SETA to arrange for desktop evaluation of the…"
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sylvia hammond commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"I receive many messages and I cannot from where I have this information: but someone told me that a person who was employed by Services Seta had "acquired" the material of a training provider and used it to set up in business for…"
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Marie Smith commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Tass, yes, I also prefer to trust clients, especially those with whom I have worked earlier. I have not had problems not being paid at all in the past 5 and a half years, but it is frustrating that some providers hold back for very long periods on…"
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Tass Schwab commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"I think that you might have hit the nail on the head here. Earlier this year I developed material and was simply not paid despite delivery. I think that even though I have been burned a few times, I am still naive and expect payment especially when…"
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Marie Smith commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"Steve, naturally the SETA can only follow up if the provider is honest and submits an agreement. But if the agreement clearly states which materials the provider obtains the rights to use, there should not be a need to follow up. There must have…"
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Steve Short commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"It should be standard protocol for all SETA's @ Marie.  It also protects the IP of legitimate developers should also protect providers from 'shonky' developers.  One wonders though if the Services SETA follows up with the…"
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Corne Koelewyn commented on Marie Smith's blog post ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased
"this is very true i am currently obtaining accreditation for a client, but guys please do note that this is very big for our seta's, this is to protect both providers and developers, i see it fit in the bigger picture and opening the…"
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Qualified and experienced developer of outcomes-based learning material and assessments, Levels 1-5
Design fully-aligned 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. Developed more than 70 programmes under the auspices of ServiceSeta, W&RSETA, ETDPSETA and MQA.
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 Practicitioner with SA Board for People Practice (ETDP)
Assessor, Moderator- ServiceSETA W&RSETA, ETDPSETA
More than 15 years' experience as facilitator
Skills Development Facilitator

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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

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ServiceSETA requirement for agreement if learning material is purchased

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 17:47 13 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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Time for pest control in education and training?

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:21 0 Comments

My summary of background is to contextualise my concerns.

I have been a co-owner of a small/medium retail business for 10 years, sandwiched between training and development experience totalling more than 20 years, in smaller organisations (but with contracts from major national companies) and large organisations. So I have been exposed to and practice best practice in education and training and I am also au fait with retail marketing techniques.

I remain puzzled (I can't say…

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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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