Office and Campus

Our campus and office is in virtual space. There is no physical address, just vu5.co.za. A different kind of campus ... a university operating completely in cyberspace. vU5 is beyond desks...beyond walls...beyond locations... beyond moments" 

This means Virtual University is for a higher education that is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment.

 Who is vU5

vU5 is the short name for Virtual University and Virtual Academy of South Africa. vU5 is much easier to tap in on a mobile.

vU5 is a borderless post-school training institution mostly for whole qualification awards. Students log in using a mobile phone or computer and study in an anytime, anyplace and anypace mode.

Virtual University and Virtual Academy of South Africa is entirely web-based, aka online via computer or mobile, offering a borderless education that crosses the boundaries of time, space and geography. This means higher and further education is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment, anymore. This allows for students to match their studies to their lifestyle in an open distance learning mode.

 Research

We have studied the external quality assurance findings of 100 accredited training providers in South Africa and the requirements of 25 education, training and development quality assurance authorities and councils. We then put ourselves and our children through the virtual learning experience, before we piloted the dream and issued the first 350 nationally recognised certificates of competence endorsed by the quality authorities. Accredited education in cyberspace is now a reality. Quality and accreditation are always important.

Our new way of learning and achieving competence is "a complete tear down and rebuild of traditional education, where learning is a joint effort and roles are reborn".

 Business Model

We are playing in the realm of things that have yet to be accepted on a widespread basis, which ranges from 21st century technology not being so disruptive and addictive as everyone claims, to degrees being conferred at competence rather than chronological duration

How do we do it:

  • By complying with education quality requirements at least at national and continental level, because 'without adherence to meaningful standards of quality, education runs the risk of becoming propaganda'
  • By not being burdened with inappropriate policy or institutional inertia, not 'doing things in certain ways, looking at things in a certain light, and shepherding things through certain processes'
  • By modularising education so that it can be used and re-used and 'didactising the technological "delivery structure" of e-learning', and allowing for the achievement of a part qualification, i.e. an assessed unit of learning that is registered as part of a qualification. For example a part qualification can be a module, unit standard
  • By employing staff members that have made the paradigm shift, because 'patterns of individual and organizational behaviour die hard even in the face of new challenges' and technologies
  • By believing 'you can be anything you want to be' and that 'a good idea is about ten percent, and implementation, hard work and luck is ninety percent'
  • By continuously studying the dimensions of quality, including the 'different meanings of quality, different quality perspectives and different levels of the educational process to which quality can apply'.

Our business model work because vU5 is for an education that is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment.

 Our Inspiration

Our inspiration was from this ... 
 
Our hopes are based on a promise of a South African Minister of Communications.... 100% broadband penetration in South Africa by 2020.
In the meantime we are paying attention and doing something about it.

  • vU5 is a borderless post-school training institution mostly for whole qualification awards. a Virtual University. 
  • Students log in using a mobile phone or computer and study in an anytime, anyplace and anypace mode.
  • Our campus and office is in virtual space.
  • There is no physical address, just vu5.co.za.
  • A different kind of campus ... a university operating completely in cyberspace.
  • "Beyond the desks...beyond the walls...beyond locations... beyond moments" 
  • vU5 for an education that is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment.
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