South Africa’s First Online School Using Artificial Intelligence

Mar 22, 2022 | Latest News

Woodridge Connect is the recently launched online school from the prestigious Woodridge College near Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in the Eastern Cape. Powered by innovation specialists Jendamark, Woodridge Connect is South Africa’s first online school to use artificial intelligence within the education sector.

As the first online school to use artificial intelligence within the online schooling fraternity, Woodridge Connect enhances all aspects of your child’s educational experience and process, giving them the best chance at an unparalled education. In preparation for 2023, the school has extended its curriculum to include Grade 7-12, giving even more parents the opportunity to future-proof their children’s careers.

According to its CEO, Kristine Tudhope CA (SA), the online school’s AI technology gives it an unparalleled edge and positions it as the best alternative for parents looking to enrol their children at an online school in 2023. 

Tudhope maintains Woodridge Connect is the first of its kind within the South African online schooling fraternity to fully embrace the technology. 

She points out that Woodridge Connect’s deployment of AI truly sets it apart. While other schools use the technology in one, at most two, areas of their work with their learners, Woodridge Connect harnesses it across five key activities – personalisation, interaction, customisation, universalisation and automation.

“Artificial intelligence – AI – has come a long way since we saw robots in movies performing human acts at unbelievable speeds and with superior logic. Today, from our cellphones to social media, AI is part of our lives”, Tudhope says.

“The pertinent questions for parents, therefore, is how does AI integrate into education and, most importantly, how does it benefit my children?”

Tudhope explains that, at Woodridge Connect, AI automates a variety of manual processes for teachers, freeing up more of their time to focus on the learners. It also creates personalised learning programmes for learners based on their learning experience and knowledge, and customises learning based on each learner’s interests and aptitudes.

“At Woodridge Connect, our online learning solution has been developed with learner benefit at its core – benefit today and benefit in the future,” adds Tudhope.

“Not only does AI give Woodridge Connect teachers the ability to delegate manual tasks to a programme that automatically updates a number of processes and activities for both learners and teachers, it crucially helps optimise both learning and teaching tasks, helping different parts of the education sector evolve into something new.”

“The way people teach and learn is constantly changing. The Woodridge Connect way disrupts the tired education model and gives learners an education that understands today’s needs while preparing them for a future yet to be imagined.”

Located on a spectacular 365-acre estate between Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and Jeffreys Bay, Woodridge is a private school that is home to nearly 800-day scholars and boarders from all corners of South Africa and other countries on various continents.

Dr Catherine Logie, Director of Academics for Woodridge College is also the Quality Manager for Woodridge Connect, and oversees the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) curriculum from Grade 7.

Learners are given the opportunity to choose between an IEB or Cambridge curriculum for matric, giving them the opportunity to choose which curriculum best suits their ambitions and goals. Built on global standards for education, the combination of an IEB curriculum in lower grades and a Cambridge curriculum from Grade 11-12 is set to propel the learners at Woodridge Connect to greater heights in life, starting with recognition at universities across the globe. This also comes with a financial benefit as doing an IEB in lower grades makes for a more affordable education.

Applications to Woodridge Connect are already open for Grade 7-12 for the 2023 academic year, while online applications for the 2022 academic year for Grade 8 and 9 can still be made.

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