Microsoft is joining forces with its partners to give academic institutions in South Africa free half-day training in Teams to help them effectively use the technology and enable more seamless remote learning across the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that it can be challenging for educational institutions moving to remote or distance learning, which have previously never needed to do, to truly leverage collaborative tools in the most effective way for learning.
This initiative aims to make this transition easier for academia and give them a head start to adopt and deploy remote learning with confidence.
“Education is key to helping people build a better life, increase one’s chances of obtaining high-quality jobs and opening up a sea of opportunities that might not have been available before. And now, the move to remote learning has made maintaining a high standard of education more important than it’s ever been,” says Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft South Africa.
Microsoft will be launching this initiative with a number of local partners, including Argantic, Cloud Company, Decision Inc, Mint Group, Moke Learning Technologies, Moyo, NB Consult, Scadco and SmartAcademy.
These partners have volunteered their time to help schools and teachers with training on Teams deployment and infrastructure, user training and support services, while also sharing best practices.
Microsoft’s education solutions, such as Teams, allow students to learn wherever they are and whenever they need to. Not only can content and assignments be accessed online, but students and teachers are able to interact in real-time using these tools.
Any academic institution will be able to register for the free training online and thereafter will be able to select a partner from which they would like to receive training. Their details will then be sent to the partner who will coordinate a date and time to conduct the training session.