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A Friend of the Learning Institutions
Sharon Tshabalala, Executive Chair & CEO, Nano Solutions & Technology, the parent company of PEO Online
According to Sharon Tshabalala, the executive chairperson and chief executive officer of Nano Solutions and Technologies, PEO specialises in developing and teaching language literacy courses. She explains: “These are accessed on-line through a software application known as the Learning Management System (LMS). To date, with the help of a reputable institution we have developed language literacy courses for all the 11 South African official languages, three foreign African languages, one European language and one Asian language.”
A New but Popular Phenomenon Because this is [literally] a new phenomenon in South Africa, the course was launched and piloted in two local languages namely isiZulu and Setswana but the company, also known as PEO Online, will be activating all the other languages on offer towards the end of the year or in early 2017. Tshabalala states that their LMS’s main functionality is online Course
Content Delivery, Student Registration and Administration, Study Progress Monitoring, Skills Gap Analysis, Record Keeping and Reporting. “LMSs are becoming extremely popular with colleges and universities for their effectiveness in augmenting campus courses by delivering online courses. We, however, cannot turn a blind eye on the growing trend of our children being digitally active,” she elaborates adding that it is always advisable to capture the youth in their ‘playground’ which is the cyberspace.
Since PEO Online is not an educational institution but a reputable provider of an e-learning platform, Tshabalala maintains that they are uncompromisingly entering into partnerships with various institutions to make their courses accessible to all people despite their locations. “We regard our platform as a friend of the learning institutions and don’t see any of them as our competition at all. We believe that we can work together with one another in order to perfect the country’s educational output while ensuring that South Africa has the best of the next generation of problem solvers,” she notes.
Tshabalala concludes thus: “We are also partners with various organisations. Our partners are quite unique in the sense that they are businesses who recognise the value of continuously training their employees, clients and various stakeholders about their products and services or even internal controls and compliances. However they are faced with the inconvenience of taking them away from their jobs and affecting their work productivity. Our platform allows the flexibility to learn at one’s pace, own convenience and measure their progress along the way by taking assessments designed to suit various audiences.”