Papers & Workshops



Corporate Partnerships in Education: A South African Story


Mrs Mandi Axmann

Instructional Designer, Technikon Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


It has always been the norm in education to involve industry in the curriculum design process. This is the story, however, of how an instructional designer successfully attempted to, not only involve the specific industry, but also form a full partnership for process of the designing and delivery of the courseware for distance education.

In South Africa, as in other developing countries, money is not always freely available for the development of distance education materials. Using this model, the corporate partner sponsored the development of the materials, and more importantly, took ownership of the courseware.

It is very important that corporate partners should take pride in and ownership of courseware, as this also aids the accreditation process as well as the assessment processes. For the purpose of this qualification, the model of workplace training was chosen, with specific on-the-job and off-the-job assessment tasks. The industry provided their own tutors and assessors, which in turn was trained and assisted by the educational provider.

This lecture will focus on the partnership itself, the advantages and disadvantages thereof, the successes and problems and will try to present a working model for education.

  Presentation Format: 45 min. paperPower Point

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Powerpoint