What is an Open Learning Academy?

The Open Learning Academy model that Good Work Foundation has built is meant to support a quicker transition to ‘digital’ in South Africa’s rural spaces.

We cannot expect our country’s rural schools to build and maintain expensive media centres. We cannot expect them all to maintain the latest educational software and apps, and we certainly cannot expect them to have the ‘digital’ expertise in their teams.

In the meantime, more and more rural students are left behind because they cannot navigate the digital world. I meet students every day who have completed high school in the last three years, but have never operated a computer.

Our model of “hub and satellite” addresses this problem quickly. Rural schools are able to plug into an independent, established centre of digital expertise.

OLA-Diagram

An open learning model that can be exported across South Africa.

The centre:

  • Delivers state-of-the-art digital literacy and facilities;
  • Provides teacher training and support;
  • Delivers lessons in the cloud;
  • Provides each satellite school with a full-time digital facilitator; and
  • Guides the school’s digital curriculum.

We are working with rural communities and their schools. Working with them to create what we call “Learner 3.0”. When Learner 3.0 graduates, he’ll be digitally fluent. He’ll have access to the world’s information. And if he wants he will be able to sit in his community’s Digital Learning Centre and enroll in an online course anywhere in the world.

Here’s to Learner 3.0!

Kate Groch
CEO, Good Work Foundation

Learner 3.0 is here. Digitally empowered. Filled with wonder. Excited about learning. Connected to a digital future.

Learner 3.0 is here. Digitally empowered. Filled with wonder. Excited about learning. Connected to a digital future.

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