In the ever-evolving landscape of education, The Invigilator stands out as a pioneering tool designed to uphold integrity in online and in-person assessments. Born from the challenges of the COVID era, this application has seamlessly transitioned to become an essential asset for both online and venue-based exams.

A Journey from Traditional to Technological

Historically, educational institutions relied on human invigilators for exam supervision and manual attendance. The Invigilator revolutionises this process by automating identity verification through advanced technology. It utilises a student’s master image for identity checks at exam venues and facilitates automated roll calls via QR code scanning. This streamlines the process and significantly reduces the costs associated with traditional invigilation methods.

Tailored for Today’s Educational Needs

The Invigilator offers two distinct versions: one for smartphones and another for PCs. Each is crafted to meet the diverse needs of modern educational institutions. The smartphone app is designed for wide accessibility, operating with low data consumption to ease the burden on students’ budgets. On the other hand, its PC counterpart works locally without needing a continuous internet connection and includes advanced features like video analysis and screen detection.

A Solution Beyond Borders

While proctoring solutions are often criticised for their high costs and device requirements, The Invigilator breaks these barriers, especially in the African context. It’s an all-encompassing solution, trusted by over 15 institutions, with a user base of 750,000 and a track record of 1.5 million assessments.

The Invigilator PC: A Leap in Online Exam Security

The PC version of The Invigilator elevates online exam security with a suite of risk-mitigation tools. It uses artificial intelligence to match uploads to a master image database. It incorporates video and audio recordings, GPS tracking, and anti-plagiarism measures, all while monitoring PC access during assessments.

Blended Learning and The Invigilator

In a post-Covid world, The Invigilator also supports blended learning. It encourages a mix of online and in-venue assessments, aligning with the need for flexibility in the current educational environment. This approach enhances learning experiences and ensures safety and continuity in education.


The Invigilator is more than just an app; it’s a testament to innovation in the academic sector. It’s a cost-effective, efficient, and reliable solution for institutions seeking to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Interested in bringing this revolutionary tool to your institution? Contact our team for more information and join the proctoring revolution today.

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Amidst a plethora of options for plagiarism detection tools in today’s educational market, discerning the appropriate one that aligns with your instructional objectives and student needs is crucial.

On the usage of “plagiarism checker”:

The phrase “plagiarism checker” carries a somewhat negative connotation and infers an accusatory stance, a sentiment not typically embraced by Turnitin. Rather than directly identifying plagiarism, Turnitin generates similarity reports, leaving the final judgement on the originality of the student’s work to the educators and institutional leaders. We understand the commonality of the term about similarity detection tools and acknowledge its general application.

Researchers have posited, “The act of detecting plagiarism is fundamentally an academic judgement, contingent on numerous factors and best left to skilled academics” (Meo & Talha, 2019). Scholars like Foltynek, Guerrero-Dib, and Weber-Wulff have distinguished between plagiarism and text similarity, advocating for human analysis over mere percentages when evaluating student work (Foltýnek, et al., 2020).

Selecting the correct similarity-checking instrument can be challenging for educational leaders. How, then, does one choose the best tool that transcends simple similarity identification, offering an opportunity for growth, and transforming instances of plagiarism into educational opportunities?


Key considerations in assessing plagiarism detectors and similarity identification tools:

Educational leaders should contemplate various pedagogical criteria when selecting such tools. An Edutopia article outlines these as efficacy, student experience, intrinsic motivation, Zone of Proximal Development, and teacher experience (Miller, 2020).


The effectiveness of a tool in fostering academic integrity and enhancing learning is paramount. Objective academic research and user testimonials can provide clear insights. Turnitin Feedback Studio has been recognized for its efficiency in mitigating plagiarism (Li, et al., 2021; Kostka & Maliborska, 2016; Batane, 2010; Baker, et. al., 2008).

Student experience:

A suitable tool should cater to diverse student needs, ensuring accessibility and ease of use, to foster positive and consistent use. Research has evidenced positive student perceptions towards Turnitin as a beneficial academic tool (Steppenbelt & Rowles, 2009).

Intrinsic motivation:

A tool should facilitate learning, allowing students to set goals and receive feedback. Turnitin, for instance, has been shown to aid students in identifying knowledge gaps and enhancing their academic writing abilities (Orlando, 2018).

Zone of Proximal Development:

Tools that aid in bridging the gap from what learners can do alone to what they can achieve with guidance, thus supporting the ZPD, are essential. Research suggests Turnitin does this effectively (Steppenbelt & Rowles, 2009).


Teacher experience:

Tools must aid teachers in evaluating work and guiding students, while also being user-friendly. Testimonials from educators reflect the positive impacts of Turnitin in the academic environment.

When assessing similarity detection tools, it’s essential to consider factors such as coverage, usability, and the ability to detect AI-generated content. Turnitin and its acquired entities (Unicheck, Plagscan, Urkund) have been noted for their comprehensive coverage and user-friendly interfaces (Foltýnek, et. al., 2020).

As educators, our objective extends beyond detecting potential plagiarism. We aim to equip students with an understanding of originality and proper citation practices. The ultimate goal is deterrence and educational reinforcement rather than mere detection.


In choosing a solution for your institution, consider whether the tool provides feedback, automates revision support, fosters student growth, and aligns with teaching best practices.

In conclusion, when exploring options for a plagiarism detection tool, ensure that it not only scans for similarity but also promotes a deeper understanding and application of academic integrity within the educational journey.


This blog originally featured on Turnitin’s website, and was adapted by Eiffel Corp.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues its stride in the cloud database ecosystem. In Gartner’s recently released 2022 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems, AWS secured its position as a Leader and stood highest in execution and furthest in vision among the 20 vendors evaluated. The recognition is not new for AWS; it has maintained its leadership in this report for a commendable eight consecutive years. 

What is the Gartner Magic Quadrant? 

For those unfamiliar, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is a culmination of research in a specific market, giving a wide-angle view of the relative positions of competitors. Gartner provides a graphical representation of a market’s direction, maturity, and participants through this report. 

AWS’s Consecutive Achievements 

The consistent acknowledgement of AWS in this prestigious report underscores its dedication to innovation, scalability, and customer satisfaction. AWS’s offerings reflect its understanding of market needs and its vision for the future of cloud database management systems. 

The 2022 report highlights why AWS continues to emerge at the top. Gartner’s positioning of AWS highest in the ability to execute and furthest on completeness of vision is a testament to AWS’s commitment to providing bespoke data and analytics services tailored for individual enterprise needs. 

Delving Deeper into the Report 

For businesses and tech enthusiasts keen on diving deeper into the specifics: 

Understand the Cloud Database Landscape: Get a holistic view of the cloud database scene and discern AWS’s strengths and cautions in this domain. 

Review the Range of Capabilities: It is vital to ensure that your chosen cloud service provider aligns with both your present and future needs. This section clarifies AWS’s ability to cater to a myriad of cloud service use cases. 

A Primer on Data and Analytics Services: The report serves as an indispensable guide to understanding and evaluating data and analytics services for those starting out or even those looking to switch providers. 

Critical Capabilities to Consider: The report extends its utility by discussing essential capabilities to consider while evaluating cloud DBMS vendors. A boon for decision-makers and strategy developers. 


The cloud database domain is rife with competition, and to emerge as a leader, year after year, is no mean feat. AWS’s position in Gartner’s 2022 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems validates its continued prowess and vision in this sector. As enterprises worldwide steer towards a digital future, AWS’s offerings promise to be a beacon for those aiming for efficiency, scalability, and innovation. 

The full report is invaluable for those eager to delve into the details. Equip yourself with insights, evaluate your needs against offerings, and march confidently into the future of cloud database management with AWS.

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Understanding the Importance of Technological Competence When Moving into the Digital Education Space

The past decade has seen the world of higher education gradually shifting. And Covid-19 caused that shift to advance to seismic proportions. Universities and educators, along with students, had to adjust quickly. In response, universities transitioned to online and blended learning models, leaving a lasting impact on teaching modalities. Subsequently, the prowess of digital technology has become more critical than ever. In fact, the shifts have paved the way for various possibilities in higher education.

This shift is not only about using technology for teaching; it encompasses a holistic integration of digital teaching methods, digital literacy for lecturers, and the need for students to be competent in the digital realm. As we delve deeper into the nuances of online and blended learning teaching, the indispensability of technological competence for educators becomes evident.

A Quick Dive Into Research

A recent article published by Modimowabarwa Kanyane in 2023, highlights the unique challenges faced by the South African higher education system. The article states that while there’s a global movement towards integrating digital tools in educational environments, South Africa is faced with challenges caused by tremendous inequalities. This disparity often results in unequal access to digital resources, with a large part of our population lacking access to fundamental utilities like electricity and internet connectivity, let alone advanced digital tools.

We have seen some South African government-driven initiatives to address these disparities. These include Staffing South Africa’s Universities Framework (SSAUF), the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP), the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP), and the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG). Sadly, a relatively large gap must be addressed to ensure equitable access to digital education tools for educators and students.

The Importance of Technological Competence

With all the challenges we face in South Africa, it can be argued that the immediate needs in the Education Sector should be a first priority. Considering this, there is a need to unpack why technological competence is not only nice to have, but rather crucial in the digital age.

Boosting Digital Literacy: The rise of digital learning platforms has made it imperative for lecturers to be digitally literate. The research underscores that a lecturer’s digital literacy has direct implications on the quality of their teaching using IT. If they aren’t confident about their digital skills, they’re less likely to incorporate technology in education.

Empowering Students for a Digital Society: In a world where digital fluency is no longer optional, universities bear the responsibility of equipping students with the right digital skills. This requires lecturers not only to teach these skills but also to serve as role models in applying them.

Innovation in Teaching Methods: With the increasing adoption of online teaching, educators who can seamlessly integrate IT into their teaching methods can offer a more flexible and personalised learning experience. It goes beyond mere content delivery; it’s about fostering interactive, engaging, and innovative digital environments.


Key Competencies for Technological Competence

To embrace digital teaching and learning and apply the technology available optimally, the following key competencies are highlighted as a foundation for educators.

Summarised and extracted from  “A framework for digital competencies of lecturers” by Jo Tondeur et al.

Essential IT Competencies: The cornerstone of digital education, this involves a lecturer’s prowess in using IT tools effectively, adapting to new tools, and understanding their implications in an educational setting.

Information, Data, and Media Literacy: As the web burgeons with information, lecturers should possess the acumen to find, analyse, and assess the reliability of digital data. Further, understanding copyright nuances, especially in the age of open-source learning, is paramount.

Computational Thinking: This transcends traditional programming. It’s about breaking down complex educational challenges and leveraging technology to address them, ensuring that solutions are not just technically sound but also pedagogically relevant.

Blended Learning Approaches: The amalgamation of traditional classroom teaching with online education offers a balanced learning experience. Lecturers adept in blended learning can effectively juggle between offline and online modules, ensuring consistency in teaching quality.

Embracing Digital Teaching and Learning

It is therefore clear that moving into the digital education space requires more than just a basic understanding of technology. It’s about evolving with the digital tide, ensuring that teaching methods are continually refined, aligned with technological advancements. For educational institutions around the world, investing in professional development that emphasises technological competence is not just beneficial; it’s imperative.

In conclusion, as the realms of education and technology intertwine more intricately, the onus is on educators to stay abreast with the changing digital landscape. After all, in the digital teaching and learning world, technological competence is the linchpin that holds the edifice of modern education together.

We know that technology is evolving rapidly, and it’s essential for higher education to keep pace. For university lecturers and educators who are looking to integrate technology into their teaching methods effectively, we’re here to help. Our Digital Teaching eXpert (DTX) Series is crafted precisely for this purpose. It equips educators in higher education with the most effective tools and strategies for digital teaching.

If you’re a lecturer or educator in higher education eager to enhance your teaching methods for the digital age, reach out to us today.  Learn more:



Tondeur, Jo & Howard, Sarah & Zanten, Manon & Uerz, Dana & Nackaerts, Ulrike & Kral, Marijke & Gorissen, Pierre & Neut, Irma. (2022). A framework for digital competences of lecturers.

Kanyane, M. (2023). South African higher education system and its digital challenges.

Kimmig, A., Peng, J., & Ovtcharova, J. (2023). Building capacity for Industry 4.0.

AI in Higher Education
AI in Higher Education in South Africa

AI in Higher Education in South Africa

In 2023, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a groundbreaking technology, transforming various industries worldwide. The higher education sector in South Africa is no exception, as institutions strive to leverage AI’s potential to enhance learning, research, and student experiences. Therefore, we want to explore the significance of embracing AI in higher education and highlight Eiffel Corp’s contribution to supporting this transformative journey.

The Promise of AI in Higher Education

AI holds immense promise for higher education institutions in South Africa. It has the potential to revolutionise teaching methodologies, improve administrative processes, enhance student support services, and foster innovative research. By incorporating AI technologies, universities and colleges can create personalised learning experiences, facilitate intelligent assessment and feedback, and ensure efficient management of educational resources.

One of the significant advantages of AI lies in its ability to process large volumes of data quickly. With this capability, institutions can analyse student performance, identify areas of improvement, and provide tailored interventions to enhance learning outcomes. Adaptive learning platforms powered by AI algorithms can dynamically adjust content and difficulty levels to suit individual student needs, enabling a more personalised and effective learning experience.

Furthermore, AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants can provide round-the-clock student support, answer queries, provide guidance, and offer valuable resources. This accessibility enhances student engagement, reduces administrative burdens, and fosters a supportive learning environment.

Getting AI-ready with Eiffel Corp

Before South African institutions can fully embrace AI and enable students to thrive in the digital age, it is crucial to have the necessary skills and resources. Eiffel Corp is committed to curating education for the modern world, ensuring that institutions are equipped with digital skills and capabilities to better prepare students for the future.

Digital Teaching eXpert Series (DTX)

Eiffel Corp’s Digital Teaching eXpert Series (DTX) is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower educators with the necessary digital skills and knowledge to integrate technology effectively into their teaching practices. DTX offers a range of workshops, webinars, and resources that cover topics such as digital pedagogy, online course design, educational technology tools, and AI in education. By participating in DTX, educators gain the confidence and expertise to create engaging and impactful learning experiences for their students.

AWS Partnership: Cloud Solutions for Higher Education

In collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Eiffel Corp provides reliable, scalable, and cost-effective cloud computing solutions for higher education institutions. The partnership with AWS enables universities and colleges to transfer and modernise applications, websites, databases, storage, physical and virtual servers, or even entire data centers. By leveraging cloud technology, institutions can enhance their IT infrastructure, improve accessibility to educational resources, and optimise costs.

Cloud solutions offered through the AWS partnership provide higher education institutions in South Africa with the agility and flexibility needed to adapt to evolving digital demands. By migrating to the cloud, institutions can streamline administrative processes, enhance data security, and provide students with seamless access to learning materials and collaborative tools. Additionally, cloud computing allows institutions to leverage AI technologies more efficiently, enabling advanced data analytics and AI-driven applications.


The integration of AI in higher education in South Africa opens up new avenues for transformative learning experiences. By embracing AI technologies, institutions can create personalised learning paths, enhance student support services, and foster innovative research. Eiffel Corp’s commitment to equipping institutions with digital skills and capabilities through initiatives like the Digital Teaching eXpert Series (DTX) and their partnership with AWS for cloud solutions are instrumental in empowering institutions to embrace AI and revolutionise higher education.

As South Africa’s higher education sector continues to evolve, the potential of AI remains vast. By collaborating with technology partners like Eiffel Corp and leveraging cloud solutions, universities and colleges can harness the power of AI to deliver impactful, inclusive, and future-ready education. Through this embrace of AI, South African higher education is enabled to thrive in the digital age, empowering students and transforming the learning landscape for years to come.


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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Takes the World by Storm

Known as “the imitation of human intelligence’”, AI uses machines, especially computers, to understand, interpret and give practical explanations of the information in question.  Artificial intelligence technology is evolving at a rate never seen before and has made some major waves worldwide, proverbially taking the world by storm – especially in the education sector.

AI enables personalised and adaptable learning experiences. It also helps educators assess and monitor students and design flexible learning tools. On the other hand, however, integrating these tools into education gives rise to specific challenges. Concerns surrounding data privacy, misplaced reliance on tool-generated outcomes, the lack of critical thinking and empathy, and the imperative to ensure equal access to these technologies for all students, regardless of their background and location, are among the prominent issues.

It is, therefore, not surprising that the introduction of AI tools, like ChatGPT, Midjourney, Plaito etc, has led to heated debates on the use of AI in education. While we know that the answer to these debates is complex and certainly not singular.  We do, however, believe that embracing these technologies creates great opportunities within Education, but only if integrated into academics responsibly.

Here is an overview of AI in Education, touching on different AI tools, the impact of AI on education and how we can encourage its responsible use.

The Different AI Tools

Several AI applications have been developed over the past few years that have been and continue to be useful in education. A few examples follow:

  • Gradescope – an AI-assisted solution by Turnitin that enables quick and easy grading.
  • Ivy Chatbot – used to help institutions by answering questions from students before they could reach a human.
  • ChatGPT – the latest AI application developed to have a conversation and assist the end user in a more ‘human’ manner.

Ways in Which Artificial Intelligence (AI) Has Transformed Higher Education

We can no longer avoid AI technology in our daily lives. We have seen it develop from concept to delivery to application in day-to-day activities faster than we ever could have imagined. When Covid-19 first shut down nations, learning had to occur online abruptly.  Thanks to AI technology, some institutions were prepared to deal with the shift in some way and or were at least able to navigate through these changes. This period of fast-paced change forced many to take hold of the opportunities presented by artificial intelligence – often whether they wanted to or not.

Here are a few ways in which these new technologies transform and shape the future of higher education:

Administrative Assistance

AI technologies can automate administrative tasks, such as scheduling, record-keeping, and grading, which helps streamline workflows and saves time for educators. This enables them to focus more on teaching and interacting with students.

Student Engagement

AI-powered tools can enhance student engagement by offering interactive and immersive learning experiences. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications, for example, can provide students with immersive simulations and visualisations, making learning more captivating and stimulating.

Personalised Teaching and Learning

AI algorithms can analyse vast amounts of data about students’ learning patterns, preferences, and progress to provide personalised recommendations and interventions. Adaptive learning platforms can tailor educational content and activities to individual student needs, helping them learn at their own pace and in a way that suits their learning style.

Effective Communication

AI-powered communication tools, such as chatbots or virtual assistants, can assist in addressing students’ queries and providing prompt feedback. These tools can offer 24/7 support, ensuring that students receive timely responses and guidance.

Intelligent Tutoring

AI-based tutoring systems can act as virtual tutors, providing personalised guidance and support to students. These systems can assess students’ knowledge gaps, offer targeted explanations and examples, and track their progress to identify improvement areas.

Data Analysis and Insights

AI can analyse large datasets collected from various sources, such as student performance records, to identify trends, patterns, and insights. Educators can leverage these insights to make data-driven decisions and interventions, improving teaching strategies and student outcomes.

Ensuring the Safe Use of Artificial Intelligence

AI brings many advantages to Education and could mean “better” education experiences and improved student throughput. But concerns raised about data privacy, ethical considerations, and the potential for overreliance on technology at the expense of human interaction, along with equality of access, are not to be ignored. The debate surrounding the integration of AI in education ultimately boils down to finding a balance between leveraging the benefits of AI technology while addressing the associated risks and challenges. It requires careful consideration of ethical implications, privacy safeguards, equitable access to technology, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of AI systems in educational settings.

As a strategic EdTech partner, we are committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of AI. Through our services and solutions, we aim to support educational institutions in leveraging AI technologies while upholding academic integrity and promoting improved student outcomes. One such partnership that exemplifies this commitment is with Turnitin. Turnitin, an originality-checking and plagiarism-prevention service, helps maintain academic integrity by detecting citation mistakes and inappropriate copying. With the recent introduction of AI writing detection tools, Turnitin further enhances its ability to assist educational institutions and teachers foster a culture of authenticity and integrity.

By embracing AI technology responsibly and working alongside trusted partners like Turnitin, we can create a future where AI empowers learners and educators inclusively while upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and ensuring equitable access to education.

Eiffel Corp Plants Trees with Food and Trees for Africa 

In the wise words of Ray Kroc, “We have an obligation to give something back to the community that gives so much to us.” One of our core values at Eiffel Corp is to do good. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we have partnered with Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), a non-profit organisation focusing on food security, urban greening and environmental sustainability. 

About the “Trees for All” Programme 

“Trees for All” is an award-winning programme that sustainably plants trees in shared spaces for a healthier and greener environment. This successful initiative educates communities about the benefits of trees while offsetting carbon emissions and transforming the surrounding environment. Trees for all plants and monitors fruits and indigenous trees at schools, hospitals, parks, clinics, aged homes and anywhere else people will benefit from, and look after trees. Eiffel Corp donated 50 trees which were planted in Gauteng and Western Cape.

Benefits of the Programme 

  •         Landscape transformation – beautification that builds community pride
  •         Encourages biodiversity and appreciation for nature
  •         Environmental and climate change education
  •         Food security, health and nutrition

Eiffel Corp & “Trees for All” Distribution 

Food and Trees for Africa has an extensive database of applicants needing their programmes. Through Eiffel Corp’s donation, FTFA was able to identify the best suitable beneficiaries. The first was Ikhaya Lothando Community Centre based in Tembisa, Gauteng, with 15 fruit trees and 10 shade trees. The second recipient was Jacobs Garden in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape, with 25 fruit trees. 

The Impact Made 

According to FTFA, the donation of 50 fruit and indigenous trees is contributing a great deal to help alleviate the problems associated with climate change. It also spreads and encourages environmental awareness and a healthier environment for under-resourced communities around South Africa. In addition, the supply of 40 fruit trees from the donation has contributed significantly to the long-term food security of the beneficiaries. 

Grateful Hearts 

“The staff at Ikhaya Lothando would like to thank and acknowledge Eiffel Corp for your valuable donation of trees. We appreciate the importance such a contribution makes to both our surrounding environment, and to the overall wellbeing of our pupils, our community.” 

We are delighted and incredibly honoured to have been part of this tremendous and impactful initiative. We look forward to planting more trees and growing our partnership with “Food and Trees for Africa”. 

Take Your Next Steps to Mastery 

At Eiffel Corp, we continuously seek ways to create unique solutions to cater to your institution’s needs. We understand that due to the recent changes, especially post-pandemic, institutions are working very hard to identify gaps and improve how teaching and learning occur. This revolution compels us to transform digitally, and so, we are proud to bring you our Steps To Mastery Programme (STM). 

What is the “Steps To Mastery” Programme? 

Facilitated by experienced education and training consultants, the STM Programme is a far-reaching and effective means of identifying strengths and areas of development within an organisation’s digital education strategy, helping your organisation build the capabilities needed to succeed. 

STM Framework Themes 

The Steps To Mastery is divided into 16 categories, which are then summarised into 6 themes below: 

  1. Technology – this theme delves into how your institution approaches the adoption and use of technology to support teaching, learning and research.
  2. Leadership & Strategy – the extent to which your strategy suits digital transformation, teaching and learning.  
  3. Skills – Skills development is vital for a changed teaching & learning environment to ensure the smooth delivery of digital education.
  4. Budgets, Finance & Investments – helps you determine the resources your institution needs to invest in to support digital transformation.  
  5. Data Analytics – evaluate the use of data analytics to achieve learning success.
  6. Teaching & Learning – the process of identifying the application of digital technologies to promote the highest quality academic outcomes and achievements.

Why the STM Programme? 

This programme is designed to be flexible and customisable, so rest assured that it is tailored to your institution’s specific needs. After an extensive evaluation of where your institution is on the digital transformation journey, a report is generated to help us bring forth meaningful discussions for digital education to be effective. This report further identifies the areas where your institution is doing well and what actions should be taken to improve capability. 


Benefits of the STM Programme 

  1. Accelerate digital transformation with a deep-dive and guided analysis of your institution’s current and target state.
  2. Support, equip and invest in your team to enable student and educator development, and align with your strategic goals for institutional success.
  3. Work with our experienced EdTech consultants to facilitate, aid adjustment, and achieve innovation.
  4. Explore and identify strengths and areas of development to design a pathway to drive your long-term vision and organisation transformation.

We want to help you meet your digital education needs, so embark on your path to digital excellence today!  



Fairmont High School


Fairmont High School prioritises offering its learners an opportunity to develop themselves through strong academic, cultural, sporting and leadership activities. Therefore, Fairmont needed a system that would be effective in keeping a record of all information regarding learners and their performance. Their previous admin system did not allow for multiple-user access, which was time-consuming and created complex challenges. However, Staffroom provided an all-in-one system solution, centralising all information about the learners and parents in one place 


Fairmont High School’s previous student admin system did not allow multiple-user access. This meant they had to enter all marks for all learners in a very short time frame. It also meant that student information was only readily available to some staff members. In addition, they could only access the system from one computer in the school building. This was time-consuming and created very challenging deadlines to meet.


Staffroom offers effective accessibility with easy online web-based delivery enabling availability anytime, anywhere, & on any device. Simple workflows make administration, assessments and reporting easy and efficient while saving teachers time and effort. The Staffroom SIS (Student Information System) supplied solutions to Fairmont High School’s challenges through modules. The Infobase module provided an organised format for the student, parent and staff information allowing the parent and students to be linked to each other.


Fairmont High School has walked the Staffroom journey for the past nine years and they haven’t looked back. What they like about the product is that it’s an admin-saver enabling teachers to interact from any device, anywhere, to get the job done. In addition, parents can track learners’ academic records throughout the term while being provided with a solid communication platform. Finally, a significant positive for Fairmont is Staffroom’s excellent support channel with quick feedback and  continuous development.

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A big positive for us is their excellent support channel with quick feedback and continuous development.

Fairmont High School


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At Eiffel Corp, we have grown from a business “that only speaks to universities about software and licensing, to how do we partner to generate actual, meaningful, revenue streams for your institution.” This was one of the key messages delivered by Stefan du Plessis, Chief Commercial Operator at Eiffel Corp, at our Executive Roundtable Event hosted on the 10th of February 2023. 

A Great Start to the Year 

This event was a momentous way to start the Academic Year.  In 2023, there is only one thing we know for sure: The world is changing at an extraordinary speed – even more so regarding technology and education. Our shared update on Eiffel Corp, clearly illustrated our intentional shifts in change towards meeting a distinctive purpose – to enable greater access to meaningful education. 

But to understand how to respond to the education sector’s needs, we need to be aware of what we are facing. The shifts are fast and furious when it comes to technology. Myles Thies, CPO & Director of Digital Learning Services, opened the floor with a very apt talk on “Digital Education: Where to now?” 

Where to Now? 

There are shifts in all spheres of education, from social to political, environmental and especially within Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other disruptive technologies used in education. The challenges that come with these spheres are not going away – they are bolstering ahead at an increasingly faster pace. “Educators need real, practical guidance and help in dealing with and even integrating advanced new technologies that are becoming pervasive.” 

Tony Lteif, Head of Education EMEA (AWS), presented the possibility of Cloud-driven solutions for the Education Sector. Explaining what AWS has to offer, Tony highlighted the potential our partnership with AWS creates. Our partnership and latest developments are our response to the challenges and ever-changing technology landscape. 

Organisational Transformation 

Eiffel Corp has transformed as an organisation. We have done so to deliver solutions focused on helping African higher education institutions solve three main challenges: 1) how to deliver a quality digital education product 2) how to truly leverage the multiple benefits of the cloud across the entire academic project (including data-driven decision-making) and 3) how to generate revenue for institutions. 

We developed these six focus areas:  

  1. World-class education technology, built here, hosted here, supported here and priced in Rand whilst leveraging the best of AWS global best practices.  
  2. Continued commitment to innovation and execution of projects in delivering accredited professional development for lecturers and change management services 
  3. Growing our team of instructional designers, multimedia professionals and adding to our portfolio of successfully delivered projects  
  4. Building an ecosystem on AWS that powers commerce, payments and rewards on and off campus to generate 3rd stream income for education institutions  
  5. Increasing our capacity and expertise in offering custom software and mobile development services specifically focused on education  
  6. Establishing an AWS Cloud Centre of Excellence to power our internal innovation and support the rapid adoption of cloud across our industry  

Takeaways from our Executive Roundtable Event 

At our roundtable discussion, facilitated by Max Makgoale (Snr Account Manager at AWS), we unpacked the many gaps in digital transformation between the corporate and education sectors. We touched on our roles and the roles we could play in narrowing the gap where it makes sense. We must work together to ensure that the education sector benefits from technological advances and Cloud solutions. It is no longer a question of whether institutions must transform digitally – but rather when and how.

As Dr Carina van Rooyen (University of Johannesburg) said, “If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together.”



Let’s take the journey together – reach out for more information.