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Must-have educational tools for e-learners

When it comes to learning, traditional methods may be restricting to some. Whether you want to take advantage of an opportunity far away, such as a course with a university on the other side of the country, or you want to expand your horizons and learn something new online, e-learning is a great way to achieve your goals.

By Peter Davidson 7 Apr 2014 14:44

Towers Watson research study on effective communication and ROI

Companies with highly effective internal communication strategies are 3.5 times more likely to outperform their peers significantly, according to a new Change & Communication study by Towers Watson.

By John French 10 Mar 2014 09:26

Improving your presentation skills can improve your earning capacity

If you'd like to boost your earning potential in 2014, billionaire Warren Buffett has some advice for you: master the art of presenting. Buffett once told a class of business students of Columbia Business College that he would pay anyone in the room $100,000 for 10% of their future earnings. If they were great presenters, he would raise his bid by an amazing 50%! Buffet believes that excellent presentation skills makes an employee far more valuable.

By John French 10 Feb 2014 15:25

Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014 05:23

Are you a square peg in a round hole?

My first training assignment for 2014 was to train a new marketing manager in sales skills and strategy. The directors he was working for were less than happy with his sales performance and they were especially worried about his communication skills and Emotional Intelligence when it came to dealing with their valued customers.

By John French 24 Jan 2014 10:18

[2014 trends] E-learning trends for 2014

According to research firm, Ambient Insight, the global market for self-paced e-learning products and services reached US$ 27.1 billion by 2009 and is likely to double by 2014. With that said, let's have a quick look at the e-learning trends for 2014.

By Kirsty Chadwick 21 Jan 2014 06:36

Finding our way together

There is plenty that is going right in SA education - but it is not enough unless disparate players pull together - and that includes government.

By Dr Francois Bonnici 16 Jan 2014 08:55

What are your New Years' Communication Resolutions?

It's that time of year again. January is the month when goal-oriented people reflect on the past 365 days, examine their past successes and failures and decide how this new year they CAN make things better. There is something very significant about the beginning of a new year that causes us to reflect and set goals for future self-development.

By John French 8 Jan 2014 09:50

What is web hosting?

Being a "good host" was definitely high up the list of what parents of middle-class spoilt brats, like me, expected from their children. Apart from learning to place many more pieces of cutlery on a table than were required, I think the answer to being a good host was, and still is, to provide a decent and handy location for a group of people to share vaguely similar interests and to start a few conversations and make sure there are no uncomfortable silences. And, for me, that location was usually around a dinner table. Now it's around a computer.

By Tim Wyatt-Gunning 12 Dec 2013 12:18

Communication etiquette at your year-end office party

The annual office year-end party is usually where some of the craziest communication of the year takes place. Colleagues are usually beyond drained and exhausted at this time of the year and yet over-jubilant and excited at the same time.

By John French 4 Dec 2013 09:34

South African lecturers should embrace social media

According to a recent survey, South African lecturers must adapt to the changing environment of their students by meeting them where they are most comfortable - in the social media space.

By Natasha Madhav 3 Dec 2013 09:54

No student will be left behind - Shai Reshef

In an ideal world quality higher education would be available to everyone, all educational resources and technologies would be free, no student would be left behind for financial reasons - education would be a right and not a privilege.

By Sindy Peters 21 Nov 2013 11:05

Poor communication costs businesses billions of rands

Poor communication costs South African businesses billions of rands every year. South Africa has a corporate communication landscape shaped by 11 official languages and a myriad of different cultures with their own ways of communicating and expressing themselves.

By John French 21 Nov 2013 09:26

Lights, camera, action!

AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, is set to present its annual showcase of graduate student short films and tele-novella productions. We spoke to Garth Holmes, chairman and co-founder of AFDA, to find out more.

By Eugene Yiga 18 Nov 2013 09:45

Actually it is fun and games

Gamification can make training in the workplace faster, more effective and less expensive.

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Oct 2013 07:58

Are you ready for the communication revolution?

When tsunamis hit, you can't choose to avoid the wave. Some things in life are simply bigger than us all and they sweep us away with their global power and revolutionary force. The exploding digital age is creating a communication revolution far greater than you or I could have imagined.

By John French 22 Oct 2013 10:57

Learn how to create HTML5 apps for iOS Safari

In the latest ebook, titled HTML5 iPhone Web Application Development and written by creative technologist, Alvin Crespo takes you through to the steps of how to create compelling web applications specifically tailored for distribution on iOS Safari.

By Nkululeko Mthethwa 8 Oct 2013 17:41

Become a 'Conscious Communicator'

My mission as a communication coach is to create what I call 'Conscious Communicators'. A 'Conscious Communicator' is the term I have coined to describe a fully empowered communicator who knows and fully understands how the communication process works.

By John French 3 Oct 2013 10:34

E3 Errors are killing agencies

Say for example there is a drug on the market that enhances creativity. Just say. We call that Drug A...

By Sid Peimer 26 Sep 2013 07:33

Social media in higher education: engage, share and learn

Within the last few years social media has become more integral in the lives of students, and now more than ever it is vital for higher education to get social.

By Michelle Strauss 20 Sep 2013 08:00

The costs of education: making your sums

One of the most important goals we can save towards is our children's education. With a realistic estimate of South African university fees currently sitting at between R35,000 and R50,000 a year (excluding living expenses), most of us will need to save in advance to finance these considerable amounts.

By Nico Coetzee 19 Sep 2013 10:42

Do you fear public speaking more than death?

It was American comedian Jerry Seinfeld who observed: "According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."

By John French 18 Sep 2013 14:57

Measuring email: the key to maximising email ROI

While social media and search engine marketing might be getting all the attention these days, email continues to be the ultimate ROI powerhouse for marketers, generating an average of just over $40 for every marketing dollar spent

By Luke Wingfield Digby 2 Sep 2013 11:16

Designing e-courseware for maximum local impact

By some accounts, e-learning is already a US$56 billion global business, and set to double by 2015. The US and Europe account for 70% of the market, with Asia-Pacific contributing to aggressive global growth.

By Ian Henderson 26 Aug 2013 14:14

Touch: Even rural learners understand it

In the race to educate South Africa's emerging youth population, touch based platforms may be the most effective solution.

By Brett Lindsay 22 Aug 2013 11:30

Marketing and animation: A new world of opportunity

For many decades, animation has been the preserve of the entertainment industry. The legacies of Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Hanna Barbera, and more recently, Pixar, have firmly established animation's value in terms of storytelling.

By Ruth Steyn 20 Aug 2013 16:55

The missing piece in our education system

I have listened to Dr Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream speech' many a time. Like many I have a favourite part; "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character."

By Cliff Musamba 10 Aug 2013 12:00

Learn to cold call the clever way

Does cold calling leave you cold? Most people end up freezing when they are faced with the terrifying prospect of trying to sell something to a stranger on the other side of the phone.

By John French 23 Jul 2013 16:08

The right to education should be a given: What do you do when it's not?

The availability and quality of education still falls far short of students' constitutional rights - but access to better options is possible for those prepared to find and take advantage of corporate assistance.

By Brett Bowes 17 Jul 2013 13:39

In a digitised learning environment, a blended solution works best

Online education specialists believe that as the market continues to embrace technology to digitise the learning experience, there is an increasing need to consider the merits of combining e-learning with instructor-led training workshops.

By Richard Rayne 17 Jul 2013 10:02