Adult Education and Training (AET) specialists Media Works have launched Accelerate Pro this month, an update of their flagship Accelerate programme – the leading and most widely used AET programme in South Africa.
Equipping adult learners with vital communication and numerical skills, Accelerate Pro is a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 programme that uses a combination of computer-assisted and face-to-face training methodologies designed to meet the literacy needs of adult learners in our country.
The programme is an update of Media Works’ groundbreaking Accelerate programme, which has been used as an educational training tool for adults, throughout South Africa, for over 22 years.
“Since first launching our Accelerate programme, we have constantly been making adjustments and improvements to meet the needs of South Africa’s adult learners. Accelerate Pro is an exciting and important next step, which takes AET learning material – both the content and the way it’s presented – to a whole new level,” says Jackie Carroll, CEO of Media Works.
Accelerate Pro harnesses and fine-tunes best-practice solutions in blended learning. Through implementing new Quick Response (QR) code technology, called ‘Bubbles’, within the textbook pages, learners now have access to short multimedia lessons via their mobile phone.
The textbooks are also now in full-colour and boast an engaging new layout. The computer-based course material has also been redesigned and formatted to include rich and vibrant graphics, making the course material more interactive than ever before.
There have been curriculum updates across all areas, to make the content pertinent to today’s adult learners. And, what’s exciting is that the Accelerate Pro South African language textbooks – isiZulu, Sesotho, Setswana and Afrikaans – now have ‘Bubbles’ technology within their pages. This is a first for adult education in South Africa.
“There is a need for updated and improved AET material in South Africa, and we are proud to be leading the way in this regard. Our target audience is ever-changing, and the content needs to adjust to keep relevant to the modern learner. Gone are the age-old traditional ways of teaching and learning. A learner will not be a passive passenger, but will rather be able to drive their own learning experience,” Carroll continues.
The new Accelerate Pro programme includes:
- High-quality computer- and paper-based course material delivered to learners through a combination of innovative media and technologies
- QR codes within learner workbooks that link to ‘Bubbles’, which contain short, well-contained lesson summaries and overviews, which learners can easily access on their mobile devices
- Dedicated Accelerate Pro facilitators who expertly guide and support learners through the course material
- A dynamic learning management system (LMS) equipped with clearly outlined lesson plans, outcomes and objectives to help facilitators prepare for and facilitate learning
- A Facilitators Guide that provides facilitators with ideas for remediation and extensions to help challenge learners where necessary
Serving South Africa for over two decades, Media Works has a national footprint and track record of developing and delivering education programmes in line with industry and employer needs.
Media Works looks forward to enhancing AET learning in South Africa through Accelerate Pro, assisting companies to upskill and empower their workforce. The holistic learning approach ensures that learners become equipped with the necessary literacy and mathematical skills to succeed in the workforce – while also developing the life skills needed to be and feel their very best.
If you are interested in accessing Accelerate Pro for your workforce, please contact Media Works on 011 209 0900 or visit www.mediaworks.co.za. A Media Works representative will get in touch to setup a meeting.