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Software solutions for schools

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School principal shares the answers to successful school management

According to Shandre Otto, principal of Zwaanswyk High, there are lots of administrative frustrations when it comes to a school environment. Shandre has found the solutions their school needed in Staffroom Software.

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 I do not know how I could do my job, or my staff theirs, without Staffroom. 

Shandre Otto

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From cheating to integrity

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Building a culture of academic integrity

 

Technology has brought benefits to the classroom, as well as drawbacks. Higher education faculty and administrators have raised concerns that cheating is easier than ever before due to the Internet. Fortunately, there are proven methods and new digital tools that help detect and discourage cheating, and more specifically, plagiarism.

Academic dishonesty comes in all shapes and forms, from buying papers off the internet, to copying someone else’s work or cheating in an exam. The ugly truth is that cheating is usually directly linked to the stressful, competitive environment of higher education. It happens everywhere from TVET colleges to other higher institutions such as universities. No academic institution is immune to dishonesty.

The battle to eliminate cheating is often a losing one, but instead of working to eliminate cheating, learning institutions should rather focus their efforts on building cultures of integrity.  This encourages a natural inclination for honesty and creates opportunities to learn from dishonest or cheating incidents. According to Gary Pavela, an authority on academic ethics, students will most likely be an institution’s biggest ally when it comes to building a culture of academic integrity.

But how does one build this culture of integrity, despite the ease of access to tools that facilitate cheating?

 

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Students will most likely be an institution’s biggest ally when it comes to building a culture of academic integrity.

Gary Pavela

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Mobile app solutions

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A mobile app in less than an hour?

In South Africa, 93% of our population has access to a smart phone. 20% of South Africans check their phones within 5 minutes of waking up, while 20% of us check our phones up to 50 times per day. So, what better way to reach your target audience of today than via their phone?

It is not that simple though, developing mobile applications for your institution could run into hours of development, technical headaches and at high costs. Or would it? What if building an app required no technical skills and could take only an hour to build?

 

Often the benefits of developing a mobile app, is overshadowed by technical speak and developers who are out of touch with processes and practicalities of campus. But what if building an app requires no technical skills and could take only an hour to build?

Smart phones have become part of our daily lives. Integrated in each and every activity, it has become a tool – from planning our schedules to reading emails, to organising our social lives, to LIVING our social lives. In fact, the students in 2019 will most likely be scrolling through content on their phones while in the company of friends. 

That is why mobile apps can aid institutions in communicating, but more than that, engaging their communities. From prospective students to faculty and staff, or even alumni – an interactive mobile app can reach them. Many institutions are successfully implementing mobile apps for recruitment, registration, student retention and even graduation. It is also the perfect solution to connecting with alumni or faculty. 

So, the benefits are obvious, but what about the effort or headaches. With the right solutions these mobile apps can be easy to build – even in less than an hour! In fact, no technical skills are needed, and apps can be developed with the input of all involved! 

Interested in a simple, fast – but highly efficient mobile app solution? 

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 With the right solutions these mobile apps can be easy to build – even in less than an hour!

Eiffel Corp

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Future of students

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A bleak future for SA students?

The unemployment rate for graduates is high at 7% out of 433 000 people, while 1 in 4 SA University students are being diagnosed with depression. Taking these challenges into consideration, do students face a bleak future in SA? Or can institutions play a role in managing these challenges to achieve more positive outcomes. 

With February behind us, both students and institutions alike were occupied with registrations. While this is a busy time for institutions, it is an especially significant time for students of 2019. This is the beginning of their future, filled moments of important decisions that will pave the way.

But with South Africa’s high unemployment rate and so many challenges students will face along the way – the future of South African students is everything but secure. Should institutions play a role in solving unemployment? 

Employability challenge accepted

Institutions can and should play a role in setting up students for employability. In fact, employability outcomes are increasingly integral to Higher Learning Institutions. Central to these outcomes is the development of student skills and abilities for the workplace. Essentially how well graduates are faring in the job market post-graduation has become a Key Performance Indicator for the South African Education Sector.  

But how can an institution become “better” at achieving employability for students? One proven way would be to adopt tools that harness innovative technology that integrates employability across an institution. Through configurable and robust software, students would be linked to recruiters and recruiters in turn gain access to an extensive resource base of entry-level talent available. 

Discreet, strategic and proactive

Racial tension, sexual offences and class discrimination are challenges South African students face on a regular basis. Added to this, suicide is the second leading cause of death on campus after accidents. To manage these sensitive matters, institutions need a strategic solution for student conduct and behavioural intervention management. It is also important that students have access to a safe space where they can report issues in a user-friendly, simple and confidential manner. And with improved access to vital information, institutions can develop proactive strategies not only to react to incidents, but to pre-empt where necessary.

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A Student Information System automates and streamlines your institution’s academic and administrative processes – addressing the complete student lifecycle.

Eiffel Corp

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Student Information Systems

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Advance tertiary education management

Many tertiary institutions were faced with a registration crisis this year. Never ending lines of students waiting to be helped, late applications, rejected NSFAS applications, walk-ins who want to register to name a few challenges. While most tertiary institutions have online registration portals, these portals only serve one purpose – registration. Institutions need a central point of information, where data is collected and accessed for informed decisions. This is just one of the benefits that a Student Information System can offer.

A Student Information System or SIS automates an institutions administration and management systems. As complex as this may sound, this process actually streamlines the way an institution is managed. Saving time, human resources and energy, while creating more efficient management systems. Other benefits include:

·        Registration simplified: Students can register remotely via the SIS, but also pay fees, enroll for specific courses and access relevant information for these courses.

·        No more manual paperwork: automated administration means information in the system can be pulled through to populate report, track students and capture any relevant data.

·        Communication: With access to student information, what they are studying, contact details, their process – institutions can communicate with students via the SIS ensuring smooth communication.

·        Course content generation: Create course content via the SIS platform and manage these courses through the same system.

·        Manage data: With 1000s of students, managing data has to be seamless for it to be effective. A SIS offers one central point where all information can be accessed in an organised and effective manner. User-friendly dashboards offer access to relevant information about a student, course or faculty at the touch of a button – in real-time.

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A Student Information System automates and streamlines your institution’s academic and administrative processes – addressing the complete student lifecycle.

Eiffel Corp

Education. Technology. Innovation