Hannes Nel


  • You are welcome, Nathan. You may use the articles as and when you want to.

  • Thank you for reading the article and for giving feedback, Refilwe. I will post the next article this coming Monday, even if only just for you. All the best for 2019.

  • Written by Hannes Nel

    Introduction. I will discuss the following two issues in this article.

    When is unethical behaviour acceptable?
    Honour your promises and commitments.

    When is unethical behaviour […]

    • Thank you Ntate Hannes for a perfect article, great wisdom for starting my year, ethics should not be a choice at all, it is indeed be a way of life.

    • Thank you for reading the article and for giving feedback, Refilwe. I will post the next article this coming Monday, even if only just for you. All the best for 2019.

    • Thank you Sir for this wonderful knowledge. Now I’m Wiser.

      I will extract some of the ethics for my New Year meeting with Employees.

  • Mentornet fully agree with the draft National Policy and Criteria for the Implementation of RPL (referred to as “the National RPL Policy” in this feedback document). However, the RPL Policies of QA Bodies dif […]

  • Written by Dr Hannes Nel, D. Com; D. Phil

    Introduction. I will discuss corruption and the consequences of unethical behaviour in this (second) article on ethics in ETD.

    Corruption challenges for learning […]

  • I hope you will not be disappointed, Valencia.

  • Bernard, the QCTO is on the right track, except that they are struggling with DQPs who cannot perform. Nobody accepts responsibility, nobody leads and there is no professional management.
    Registration is not a problem, except that YOU STILL CANNOT REGISTER IF YOU ARE NOT ACCREDITED FIRST. We are registered, but it serves no purpose telling people…[Read more]

  • Written by Dr Hannes Nel, D. Com; D. Phil

    The problem with unethical behaviour is not just that it damages the image of the learning institution or quality assurance body, but rather that it can easily become a […]

  • I agree that we should privatise quality assurance of learning. EU countries have been doing this for decades already. It will only work if we can convince government to support the concept, so timing is of the essence. I wrote the article on ten reasons why private learning providers can offer better quality learning than large public…[Read more]

  • Tass, I would not be surprised if people start offering qualifications that are not endorsed by any of the quality assurance bodies. The main reason why this is not a good idea is because you can then not read the credits and qualifications achieved by your learners into the NLRD. Also, you will not easily get a training contract from government…[Read more]

  • Guera, you gave me an idea – I will write an article on why and how private learning providers offer better quality learning than public learning institutions. Thank you.

  • Thank you for your assistance and generosity, Sylvia. Le me play around with the Mentornet group first before you delete it. I will come back to you. Would have put a kissy icon here if I knew how to!

  • Perhaps you should just keep “educating” us, Sylvia. Yours is a most valuable means of communication among private leaning institutions, which is why I am of the opinion that you are doing more than APPETD to fend for the interests of private learning providers. Also, no doubt you have your mission and vision with Skills Universe and, although one…[Read more]

  • I think yours is a good idea, Sylvia. I checked the one you opened for Mentornet – don’t think it works at all. No doubt it is largely my fault – too dumb to understand how I can benefit from it. You can just as well delete it and probably some others as well. In the “old” days when all discussed issues on one platform many might have received…[Read more]

  • I am glad that you emphasize skills and competence, Guera. This is where especially university learning often add little, if any, value. Professionally prepared learning material are vital if learning is to take place.

  • Sorry., I meant “great” not “treat”. Can’t find a way to edit my response.

  • It is treat to hear from you again, Des. Things have changed a lot in the two years that I was “out of circulation”. What happened to all the private learning providers? Why is even Skills Universe so quiet now? I can still remember how enthusiastically people discussed issues only two or three years ago. We could even organise breakfast workshops…[Read more]

  • It stands to reason that any qualification needs to have sufficient depth to ensure real learning on the level of the qualification. It, however, is not always clear what is meant by “depth”. This is how I see it […]

    • A lovely article Hannes – thanks for the insight. Wouldn’t it be great if all qualifications and training material were developed along the above lines.

      I trust all is well with you and the family?

      • It is treat to hear from you again, Des. Things have changed a lot in the two years that I was “out of circulation”. What happened to all the private learning providers? Why is even Skills Universe so quiet now? I can still remember how enthusiastically people discussed issues only two or three years ago. We could even organise breakfast workshops and easily have 100 plus people attend. Now I would not even try. I asked Sylvia more or less the same question. She is still happy and I think they have a different focus now. Do you experience the same or is my observation wrong?

        • Sorry., I meant “great” not “treat”. Can’t find a way to edit my response.

          • Hi Hannes, your observation is similar to mine. I get quite frustrated these days when all we see are adverts for assessors, moderators etc. Impossible to get a good discussion going any more. I miss all of the interaction we used to have and yes the social activities. Why did you stay out of action for so long- I hope all was well and that there were no problems. Great being in touch again.

            • Hi Hannes and Des, I concur. Des’ observation about the adverts for assessors, etc puts me off the site – the adverts are just too overwhelming to scroll through until one finds an interesting discussion to contribute to. I also find the site design very confusing to navigate. Anyway, thank you Hannes for keeping the ‘fires burning’. I really enjoy your pieces (when I fall across them).

              • Hi Kate,
                Just responding to your comment about difficult navigating. The original concept we had was that the adverts are in the quick links on the side – with a link to be able to read and a link to be able to view. If you subscribe to those two links you will receive email updates.
                Then for the discussions, they are in Discussion Groups. If you join a group, and subscribe to the group you will receive an update also in email when a discussion is posted. As indicated to Hannes, I am in the process of reducing the groups. On the original site anyone could create a group, so many were created but not really used.
                Then the third area is the Reading Room, which is where Hannes posted intended for the more serious reading content. But as you see does also create discussion.
                So if you join groups and read the reading room content, you should never see the Adverts.
                Let me know if this makes some sense – and maybe I will do some further posting as I am sure you are not alone.

    • Hi Hannes & Des,
      I have been followng your comments. One of the problems which I think exists with the new site is that the discussion groups have a Home page and a Forum page. Members click on the Home page, which is just a summary of actions in that group, but then members can’t work out why they can’t comment. They need to click on the Forum page of the group. I have been thinking about asking our technical guy whether it is possible to remove the home page, so the group only has the discussion forum page.
      What do you both think?

      • Perhaps you should just keep “educating” us, Sylvia. Yours is a most valuable means of communication among private leaning institutions, which is why I am of the opinion that you are doing more than APPETD to fend for the interests of private learning providers. Also, no doubt you have your mission and vision with Skills Universe and, although one should adapt to change, I think you should stick to your dream as long as you believe in it.

    • One of the other suggestions I have is to remove some of the groups so there are fewer – possibly keeping those with the largest number of members.
      Appreciate your thoughts.

      • Hi Sylvia,

        I just signed onto this universe. Yes, the home page and forum page make navigation a bit confusing. Also it seems my adding myself to groups showed as recent activity. There was nothing going on in those groups. One even had no activity for the last 6 years. Perhaps it might help to close those and keep no more than 10 main topics going with 1 entry point to stimulate active conversation.

        • Dear Guera,
          Thank you so much for your comment. I started to respond to give you some background, then decided it was better done in a private message, which I will now send to you.

      • I think yours is a good idea, Sylvia. I checked the one you opened for Mentornet – don’t think it works at all. No doubt it is largely my fault – too dumb to understand how I can benefit from it. You can just as well delete it and probably some others as well. In the “old” days when all discussed issues on one platform many might have received postings in which they re not interested, but somehow it was fun and sometimes you came cross really fresh ideas and arguments. You active and energetic participation is really appreciated. Also your guidance when you see that I am not using Skills Universe correctly.

        • Dear Hannes,
          I also just checked the Mentornet group, and it is working fine -but there hasn’t been any activity for 5 years!
          I think that the confusion is – when you go to a group, it automatically opens to a Home page, and that is just a list of the activities on the group.
          To look at the discussions and make comment, you have to click on the Forum page of the group.
          I have just spoken with our technical guy, as this seems to be what is confusing to members. However, we did not create the software, so we are limited in what we can amend.
          So we have two alternatives if we can’t amend the software – to make it automatically open into the Forum, and to change the name Home to Activity List – or some similar wording. So we will work on some alternatives.
          I will delete it if you still want to, but it would be a way to promote Mentornet if you posted your articles there. So I suggest please go back and have a look again, and see if you can navigate the Home and Forum pages.
          I am also going to post a list of groups to be deleted – unless I hear otherwise from members.

    • In business we measure the depth of knowledge in the ability to apply concepts. Assessment confirms how well the student memorized the work. It very seldom assesses application and this is where employees fail…degree and all 🙁

      The bigger problem is probably how the material is offered. I cringe when I see handouts in the form of powerpoint slides or photo copies or worse, links to webpages. Students do not absorb the content through doing.

      • I am glad that you emphasize skills and competence, Guera. This is where especially university learning often add little, if any, value. Professionally prepared learning material are vital if learning is to take place.

      • Guera, you gave me an idea – I will write an article on why and how private learning providers offer better quality learning than public learning institutions. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your assistance and generosity, Sylvia. Le me play around with the Mentornet group first before you delete it. I will come back to you. Would have put a kissy icon here if I knew how to!

      • Hi Hannes, I appreciate the thought 🙂 – I have now reduced the groups from 90 to 68. I have not deleted them as yet in case anyone decides that they want something from a group – they are just hidden from view.

  • Two thoughts that struck me while reading this:
    1. Why do QCTO accredited learning institutions, like Mentornet, not receive the invitation directly from QCTO?
    2. Should Sylvia and Skills Universe not take over the functions and management of APPETD, because they should provide services like this, not so?

  • This is frustrating, Nigel, and it applies rather widely. The QCTO seems to be trying to improve their standards, though.

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