Disrupting Education, Microlearning for Mastery

Disrupting Education, Microlearning for Mastery
Tech meets training, a hybrid solution

Cape Town — On the 1st of October 2019, leading training provider People Solutions announced their partnership with Digemy, a top Tech Start-up based in Cape Town and launched an innovative new online, Digital Academy under the FutureSkills.Africa brand.

4-IR Skills Development
Changing the future of education starts with changing mindsets. The schooling and education model hasn’t evolved for centuries. Typically, it’s been linked the 3 Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic and existed in a delivery model that would “push” information on or at the learner. Making time for learning isn’t easy in our ‘always on’ lifestyles. We are overloaded with content daily, and attention spans are shrinking, impacting cognitive load. A solution could lie in microlearning and in a model where the learner can ‘Pull” content (on demand) and tailor-make their learning journey.

“On the dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution, education, training and skills development delivery methods are transforming. The classroom is no longer a place, but rather a space. As part of the People Solution’s “Massive Transformative Purpose” to take skills development to the last person, in the last town in South Africa, Africa and beyond, we needed a solution that could provide the latest technology, at scale and with an exponential impact. A solution backed by data and enhanced by machine learning. We decided to partner with Digemy to incorporate their award-winning learning platform within our Future Skills digital academy” said Natasha Terlecki, GM: Emerging Markets and Digital Transformation at leading training provider People Solutions .

Innovation and ROLI
“We are very excited about the change Futureskills.Africa will create in a continent that is in desperate need for accelerated skills development. When we learn, the process of understanding what we know and how often to repeat it is still very manual, stealing time from the learner to do something that can actually be done by an intelligent system. By automating this process, we are able to increase the knowledge of a learner while decreasing the time spent learning. We have seen some amazing results and received some inspiring testimonials of how it optimises the learning journey. Our method is all about accountability; giving learners a measuring stick of exactly where they are, not just in terms of how much they know today, but how many times they still need to repeat what they know for it to be locked down in their long-term memory to enable them to apply it with confidence . Digemy decided to partner with People Solutions on the FutureSkills.Africa Platform, not only to develop relevant, future-fit content that addresses the identified Future Skills curriculum as set out by the World Economic Forum and Global Business Services Sector, but also to accelerate skills development by using a platform that has proven to deliver results, in a continent in dire need of skills development.” said Kobus Louw, Managing Director, Digemy. “The confluence of tech and training that the two brands represent resulted in the birth of the FutureSkills.Africa platform.”

The platform continuously measures the knowledge of the learner on key concepts, and by placing each learner on a specific knowledge level for each key concept, knows what concepts to repeat to each learner at what frequency, to enable the translation of information into their long-term memory. The concept converts studying for “passery” to studying for mastery and ensures the optimal retention of information.

The platform launched on the 1st of October with the Life-Long Learning and Financial Literacy series, followed by the demand-led pathways of Work Readiness Skills, Digital Literacy,
Future Skills, Business Process Outsourcing Functional Skills, BPO Specialist skills such as Customer Service, Sales and Collections.

Phase two will incorporate our ‘Agility Skills’ with a focus on soft skills, reskilling, future skilling and upskilling the current labour force to be Future-Fit and remain relevant, followed by deeper digital skills, with an introduction to AI, Blockchain, Data Analytics and various specialised Coding pathways from development, analytics, cloud computing to cybersecurity and risk.

The platform is accessible and affordable to all. A data-light, environment that offers an interactive user experience and is linked to a gamified rewards and recognition dashboard. The learning is on-demand, accessible at any time, on any device. Knowledge retention occurs without massive impact on productivity or cognitive load.
Digital modules and courses will be available from today to Training and Development teams and will be launched to the consumer market shortly thereafter.

Industry and strategic alignment
CEO of People Solutions – Nita Goodall is passionate about providing “Impact Training” to the Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities, with a particular focus on the GBS (General Business Services) sector. The platform was designed to provide content that is customized to the challenges faced by these groups and many others when it comes to barriers to entry into the workplace and access to education and skills development that equips them to be “Fit for Purpose”.

“The impact that we can have on the lives of our unemployed youth, their extended families and dependents is what drives us to develop solutions that aid learners in their journey to employability. We understand the importance of instilling skills for application in the workplace, but also the need for mentorship and support of entrepreneurs. As such, plans to develop bespoke content that results in new venture creation and links unemployed persons to the formal economy are already underway. We are in constant discussion with Industry Bodies such as BPESA (Business Process Enablement South Africa), various NPO’s along with Government Organisations such as the DTI, Harambee, Yes4Youth and several corporate partners on various special projects that will support the National Skills Framework Strategy and provide collaborative contributions to the future Ecosystem.” Nita Goodall - CEO People Solutions.

The FutureSkills.Africa brand and platform is jointly owned and operated by People Solutions and Digemy and is set to be a gamechanger in the digital learning space.

For more information on media or technical queries:
Natasha Terlecki
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See: www.futureskills.africa

About People Solutions:
People Solutions is a leading provider of Impact Training Solutions based in South Africa, offering customized, world-class, blended learning solutions. We offer an exciting, new experience in human capacity development by offering innovative training interventions that are relevant and meaningful. With an impeccable record of developing and delivering training interventions for both the private and public sector for over 15 years, we have successfully empowered thousands of businesses and individuals with the necessary skills, behaviors and knowledge required to contribute effectively to the world of work and the South African economy.

About Digemy:

Digemy was founded in 2017 to disrupt the conventional e-learning model that focusses on completion and “passery” and change it to a model focussing on knowledge and mastery. They developed a platform that measures the knowledge of the learner on the learning material, and by creating unique learning curves in a gamified way, use learning as an optimisation tool to increase knowledge and engagement and decrease attrition and the time spent training. They create both business to business as well as business to consumer solutions, serve some of the biggest brands in South Africa, and is currently the 2nd best tech startup in Africa according to Africa Tech Week.

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/digemy/
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