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How do you make time for self-development and ongoing learning? The answer lies in online learning. Enterprises University of Pretoria CEO Deon Herbst explains why.

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  • Player: Deon Herbst
  • Position: CEO
  • Company: Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd
  • Visit: www.enterprises.up.ac.za

Few people would disagree that ongoing learning is more important than ever, but how does one make time for it? How do you fit studying into an already hectic schedule?

The good news is that upskilling oneself is easier than ever and need not be as time-consuming as you might imagine. Not only is information easier to access than before, but courses are now available that make studying very accessible and achievable, even for busy business people.

Entrepreneur spoke to Enterprises University of Pretoria CEO Deon Herbst about ongoing learning for entrepreneurs.

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Why is continued learning important for entrepreneurs?

New developments are occurring at a rapid rate, technology is evolving and information is becoming more readily available in real-time settings.

With the significant changes that recent years have brought to the career landscape, the responsibility to upskill, empower yourself and build a workforce with ‘future-proof’ skills has shifted to you, the individual, and you need to make sure that your skills are on par with your ambition.

What kind of continued learning is beneficial to entrepreneurship?

Empowering emerging entrepreneurs is a national requirement and key to the sustainability of any enterprise. For example, courses equipping entrepreneurs with supplier development solutions to grow and support SMEs are extremely beneficial.

Big organisations now have the opportunity to invest in the skills development of SMEs, and receive greater incentives for buy-back of goods and services once these suppliers have been upskilled to meet their requirements.

In return, SMEs are able to supply quality goods and services and the right technical skills to create the vital link of empowered suppliers.

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Entrepreneurs are busy people, so how can they continue their learning while still running businesses?

Online learning is flexible and accessible — you can literally access learning programmes anywhere at any time — perfect for on-the-go entrepreneurs.

Many professionals struggle to find the time to attend formal training sessions, but would still like to continue improving their knowledge and skills. Because of this, it is important to find a solution that makes learning as easy and accessible as possible.

For instance, our courses offer integrated online learning environments that optimise global participation. We’ve also recently launched a mobile app that provides a one-stop interactive information service. You can select a course, enrol, pay and track your skills development goals — all on your phone via our app.

What do you consider to be a realistic goal in terms of continued learning?

Take a systematic approach. If you are starting out with a new venture, look at a course that will equip you with skills to start a business and manage it to reach unchartered growth.

If you have a business that has been running for a while, and you realise the need and benefits of using technology for your business, look into a course that will provide you with opportunities to understand technology better and how it can assist you in growing your business.

Can you tell us a bit about the sort of courses that are available for people looking to study while working? What sort of courses would you recommend?

It’s important to offer courses that address the specific needs of an industry. To be truly useful to a professional, a course needs to deal with the specifics of his or her industry.

A professional shouldn’t sign up for some broad, general course, but should instead enrol in something that will meet their immediate workplace needs.

For this reason, we offer a very wide range of courses, from agriculture and food sciences to engineering, law, economics and, of course, business management and entrepreneurship.

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What, in your opinion, should be the ultimate goal of any course?

We believe that any offering should translate into increased productivity and enhanced customer service excellence. In order for any course to be worthwhile to the individual enrolled and his or her company, it should offer high-quality, customised and practical solutions that make a real-world difference to day-to-day operations.

Apart from enrolling in study programmes, what other strategies would you suggest for those trying to improve their knowledge?

Never underestimate the importance of solid research. By putting science into practice, it can produce business solutions that translate into increased productivity, enhanced customer service and improved business optimisation.


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Thanks to the fast-moving pace of the modern business world, ongoing learning is becoming increasingly important. Those who don’t keep themselves at the forefront of development will eventually struggle to compete.  

GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.

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Want To Know Your Numbers? 3 ACCA Accounting Online Courses Your Can Take For Free

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A large percentage of entrepreneurs are chartered accountants or they need to hire chartered accountants. If you’re looking to grow your career, this could be the growth opportunity you’re looking for.

We love accounting. We believe that high-quality accountancy tuition should be available to everyone. That’s why our introductory and intermediate online courses are free and can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

ACCA-X is developed by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). ACCA-X’s online courses are hosted on the edX.org platform. With over 110 years’ experience, innovation and excellence, ACCA’s history will advance your future.

ACCA aims to provide you with the world’s best online courses in accountancy, finance and business, equipping you with the skills to start or supercharge your career.

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ACCA’s members live and work in over 183 countries worldwide.

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At the heart of ACCA-X is our community of learners from all over the world. Our online community culture encourages collaboration and learners helping each other. We have a powerful global presence within the profession, and inspire its members and students towards greater success and prosperity.

The benefit from our qualifications is that they are endorsed by employers and institutions around the world, and will offer you a career’s worth of valuable resources and support. The ACCA-X online learning programme offers a number of free online courses.

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ACCA-X is developed by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the world’s most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. Our online courses are hosted on the edX.org platform.

We aim to provide you with the world’s best online courses in accountancy, finance and business, equipping you with the skills to start or supercharge your career.

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We believe that high-quality accountancy tuition should be available to everyone. That’s why our introductory and intermediate online courses are free and can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

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Personalised Learning Is Optimised For Your Needs

After exploring learning in the (changing) workplace, lifelong learning and learning strategies, we now turn our attention to the idea of personalised learning.

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After exploring learning in the (changing) workplace, lifelong learning and learning strategies, we now turn our attention to the idea of personalised learning.

Can we define personalised learning?

The definition of ‘personalised learning’ is in danger of becoming diminished to the point where it becomes no more than marketing hype!

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The situation is complicated because several terms are used interchangeably with personalised learning, for example: adaptive learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, differentiated learning, and individualised learning. The education community would agree that while each of these learning approaches shares attributes with personalised learning, none is synonymous. However, each definition overlaps in at least one key area with personalised learning.

  • Adaptive learning: technology used to assign human or digital resources to learners based on their unique needs.
  • Individualised learning: the pace of learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Differentiated learning: the approach to learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Competency-based learning: learners advance through a learning pathway based on their ability to demonstrate competency, including the application and creation of knowledge as well as skills.

This definition from the US Department of Education captures the essence of personalised learning thus:

Personalised learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimised for the needs of each learner.

Personalised learning therefore aims to provide a more tailored education for every learner. It begins with an in-depth understanding of each learner’s needs, and then seeks to provide relevant opportunities that support learners as they progress in their learning and development. It is worth noting that personalised learning also refers to a continuous learning process.

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  • When learners are given more choice, they tend to take more ownership of their learning and will develop the mindsets, learning strategies, and self-regulated learning behaviours that are necessary for meeting both immediate goals and as well as those for lifelong learning.
  • When learning is supported by technology, learners can receive more frequent and immediate feedback through assessments, quizzes and other checks for understanding where the results are provided in real time.

With so many online resources available, we trust that you will find personalised learning solutions that are optimised for your needs and that suits your pace of learning!

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