Our Story – Moetapele Academy

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Moetapele Academy was founded by Hester Davies in 2010 and operated under the brand name Qualitas Career Academy. In 2013 the ownership changed to Pieter van der Merwe. With the publication of the Amended BBBEE codes in 2014, when learnership training was now regulated to form part of the skills code, Pieter realized that the time has come to investigate the viability of e-learning.

He visited the 2014 annual congress of the American Society for Training and Development in Washington to investigate the status of e-learning practices. The message was clear, e-learning soared in the first six to eight years of the 2000’s, and then took a serious nose-dive. Globally, e-learners started to fall out in thousands for reasons that e-learning was boring, learners were not engaged and providers who regarded themselves as e-learning specialists were merely more than providers of distant-learning on electronics.

Concerned advocates of e-learning took a hard look at the problem and realized that much more needs to be done to facilitate learner engagement. Then gamification of learning materials began as a new trend. The 2014 ASTD congress showcased elementary efforts of this new dimension in training. Pieter returned to Moetapele Academy, recruited his team, and together they were the first – at least in the merSETA sector – to succeed in developing a full-fledged e-learning version of a learnership qualification. They designed a virtual workplace environment with a storyline where the learner is the main player. Other characters were created, some supporting and others sabotaging the learner – just as in real life. This version was released in the SA market with a fair amount of success.

In 2017, after years of thinking, involvement in academic affairs, research and consulting, Pieter developed a new learning methodology called Lateral Scaffolding. Being the architect, developer and sole provider, this concept was trademarked and is governed by a tight copy-right regime. It differs considerably from the conventional linear learning methodology where you tackle a textbook starting with chapter one and then, at times, battle through the chapters one after the other, constantly paging backwards and forward in an effort to understand how all fits together to form one comprehensible argument or thesis.

In Lateral Scaffolding the main concepts, sub-concepts and details of each program are identified, and without changing the content at all, these concepts are rearranged in such a way that the learner constantly sees the big picture, how detail is grounded in the sub-concepts and sub-concepts in the main concepts. This approach is built into a unique e-model, complete with artwork, characters and a storyline. Educational principles like regular repetitions, visual and auditory effects, confirmed foundational knowledge and the art of associations (the Method of Loci) are used to improve retention. And lastly, to enhance learner engagement and restore fun in the learning journey, the program is game-based with a target set to monitor and measure learner performance and pace.

Almost any program can be converted to the Lateral Scaffolding model, in-house and induction training, short courses and qualifications. The advertisement on this page shows what is available at present.