Programme and Course Design

Saide is deeply committed to Open Learning, an approach to all education that strives to ensure that, as many people as possible are able to take advantage of meaningful learning opportunities throughout their lives. Programme, course and materials design and development is based on the key principles of Open Learning, whether delivery is fully online, face to face or a blend somewhere in between.

Programme and Course Design and Development

For Saide Programme and Course design and development is about working with institutions to ensure that programmes are accessible, flexible and appropriate to the student needs in particular, but also to national needs. We work with individual institutions and facilitate communities of practice across institutions to ensure that programmes and courses give open access in relation to all strands of the design process.

This approach applies across all education sectors, namely teacher education (including early childhood development), schooling, further education and training, higher education and community education which includes adult basic education and training.

Course Design

For course design we think about five key questions. These are:

  1. Where do we start?
  2. What do learners need to learn?
  3. How can we help learners learn?
  4. How will we know learners have learned?
  5. How can we be sure of good quality learning?

A number of design and development issues or strands such as planning, content, context, learner support, structure, resources, the learning process, assessment, administration, and quality assurance, help us to answer each of our five key questions.

The same key questions and strands apply for materials development because there is an interdependent and iterative relationship between course design and materials development.

More detail on our approach to course design is available in our Course Design and Materials Development Guide.

SAIDE has been involved in a number of design and development projects over the years, including:

  • Saide Education Studies - These materials, previously published by Oxford University Press have been re-designed as open education resources and are available on our OER Africa website.

  • Kellogg Household Food Security Facilitator Programme. Click here for more information.

  • LGSETA ABET Fast Track Programme in Numeracy and Communications, ABET Levels 1-4, 2009.

  • Facilitating Outcomes Based Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Trainers and FET College Lecturers, 2006.

  • Finding Your Way in the World of Work: Activity Guide for Office Administration: Level 2, 2006.

  • Sisonke: Roll out of Education White Paper 6 for the Department of Education - Teacher Training Manuals on Inclusive Education - Screen, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) and Curriculum Adaptation, 2006.

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Fundamentals: Development of materials in Numeracy and Communication at NQF Level 1 for the training of early childhood development practitioners, 2006.

  •  Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioner Training in Fundamentals: Development of the training capacity of ECD Practitioners using the ECD Fundamentals resources in communications and maths literacy developed in Phase One of the Zenex Foundation-sponsored project, 2006.

  • Takalani Sesame: Development of a multi-media course and materials for ECD, 2006.

We have held numerous course design and materials development workshops for institutions, by way of example: University of the Western Cape, Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, University of Pretoria, Ministry of Education, Angola and Botswana College of Open Learning.