Micro-credentials have been a hot topic since the inception of Construct back in 2013. Whether it has been badging, the growth of technology platforms such as edX, Coursera, and Udacity, or pioneering developments using blockchain to track and confirm qualifications - we are now at a point where many nascent…
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The Sharing Economy in Higher Education

By Meg Knight | There’s nothing like a crisis to stimulate fresh ideas and thinking. What was unthinkable previously suddenly becomes more palatable and unusual solutions to problems find traction. Back in 2012, Lisa Gansky highlighted an interesting trend developing in business in her book (and subsequent TED Talk) The Mesh:…

Media Training and Capacity Building of Lecturers in Rwanda

Written by Michelle Dolphin In July this year, our senior producer, Gert Steyn, and I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, to provide in-person capacity training to lecturers from the University of Rwanda. At first, we were sure we could facilitate the training remotely, but once on the ground, we soon realized that an…

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Lights. Camera. Covid.

By Anel Hugo | How the Pandemic Disrupted Video Production I joined Construct Education in February 2020. I joined as a Video Producer, with my main responsibilities ranging around everything to do with filming. It was standard procedure: with our Production Team working from Cape Town, South Africa, but most of our…
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Using Technology to Support Learning

By Arafat Gatabazi | Gone are the days when we would have to sit in a physical classroom not so patiently waiting on the shrill sound of a bell to alert you to the next period of torture. Your concentration wanders, and before you know it, you have no idea what…
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The Future of Online Education

By Levi Tango | In an ever-changing world, it is more important now than ever to have access to information. More specifically, learning information. To have a better learning experience, we must understand how new technologies will aid learning platforms in transforming the way we learn in the future. “The best teachers…
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Work. Life. Balance?

By Wendy Viljoen | We all have to navigate the delicate balance between our work and personal lives. This is no easy feat! To make matters worse, Covid-19 has restricted our interactions with anything and anyone beyond our front doors, and we became accustomed to working from home. The lines between…
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It’s Called Melanin

By Nivashinee Krishnakumar | ‘It’s called melanin,’ I remember my mother telling me as I rested my head on her lap, confused over why I felt as though I didn’t fit in with my neighbors and peers. ‘[Your parents] are from a very hot country, so as a way to protect…
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Kindness Begets Kindness

By Carolyn Taylor | It has been shown that humans are inherently social beings; we’ve created multiple languages to communicate with each other, and our social engagement so often influences our mental and physical health. Living in a time where social isolation has been a key to our combating of the…
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The Importance of Making Your Bed—And What This Has to Do With Online Learning

By Caitlin Moir | On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas and told the approximately 8,000 students that one of the most important things they can each do every day is make their bed. McRaven, a Navy SEAL, was advising a…
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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

By Corlé Venter | Let’s get physical Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.…
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The Next Generation of Students

By Mikhail Pillay | A Glimpse Into the Future It's the year 2025. You begin your day by drinking your morning cup of coffee in Belgium, visit family in Australia, fight aliens on Mars during your lunch break, and attend live lectures in London—all from the comfort of your office in…
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Rest & Relaxation

By Louis Neilson | As Josh Taylor puts it, in Half•Alive’s song ‘Rest’, “Living busy isn't giving you your worth.” Our goal for this week has been to help our Construct colleagues understand the concept and value of resting more. Relaxation is often misunderstood with a common misconception that rest is a…
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One Year Later, the Pandemic’s Grim Toll on Employee Mental Health Is Clear

One year in, the pandemic's toll on employees' mental health is clear. However, today's challenges can be an opening for a brighter future. Here's how to make employee mental health, resilience, and wellbeing a priority.
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What Barbie Taught Me About Course Design

By Elle Olivier | I never played with dolls when I was a kid. I had dolls, but I didn't play with them. It would frustrate my mom endlessly. I would beg for a new doll, rip open the packaging, put the doll in the dollhouse, and leave her there…
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What Grief Taught Me About the Art of Community

As the world faces grief at record levels, people are supporting each other in caring and inventive ways. The power of community and resilient support has never been more important. Here are several ways we can learn from and care for each other.

Accessibility in Online Learning

By Michael Passetti | Education and Technology Education and technology have always influenced each other. With advances in technology, we usually see parallel advances in education, as new technologies are used for educational purposes. A particular historical example of this was the invention of the printing press in 1440, which enabled…
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How Do We Move Courses Online for a Future Beyond COVID-19?

By Melissa Taljaard | Online Universities, remote learning, and online courses are not foreign concepts, nor are they direct results of the recent pandemic we find ourselves in. However, online education demands are high; manufacturing of this product is so ‘hot’ right now that it is being called a driving force…
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Online Learning is Democratizing Higher Education

By Ross Taylor | Higher education is critical to our social and economic success; it empowers people to become capable, well-educated, and skilled citizens who can compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy. The ever increasing demand for quality knowledge has grown to the point where accessibility has become…