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CDI e-learning platform for craft and design sector nears testing phase

Thursday, 18 April 2019  
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Over the past four months we have been working on the development of a first-of-its-kind e-learning platform for the craft and design sector – the new platform will soon give small businesses and creatives in the sector access to training at the click of a button.

A collaboration between the CDI and the CSIR’s Enterprise Creation for Development (ECD), with funding provided by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), it promises to massively increase the reach of training which the CDI has been successfully delivering over the past 18 years.

According to Alan Alborough, the project manager for the e-learning platform, significant progress has been made with regards to the technical development of the platform as well as the completion of the first level of interactive content.


“We have completed our user-interface design, as well as the core initial modules of the training to be delivered. We have paid particular attention to the cell phone/mobile readiness of the platform to ensure that the learning can have as wide a reach as possible to people in the sector who may not have desktop access,” said Alan.


“The development of the content for the initial e-learning modules has been taking place at the same time as the development of the platform. These initial modules are the chapters of the ‘Growing your Creative Business’ training publication we wrote for the sector that have been rearticulated for e-learning through conversion to interactive content. This material will populate the first level of the platform and be used to test both the system and user experience.”

The system, he adds, has also been fully synced to the CDI online membership system, so all registered members will be able to log in seamlessly using their existing usernames and passwords when the platform is launched into the sector.


The e-learning platform is due to be completed by the end of April, where after it will be presented to the Department of Arts and Culture.

A screenshot below of the e-learning platform in development.

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