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Is e-learning the way to go?

Africa Value Solutions’s e-learning provides an effective and flexible solution for those who wish to complete a class, but do not wish to attend a classroom course. These web-based courses combine the best of online interactivity and engaging course design by employing sound instructional design with multimedia components, practice tests and online quizzes. Students who have attended such a course are suitably prepared to successfully take the associated certification test which is a requirement for attending any of the further learning courses available in the appropriate tracks.

Africa Value Solutions (AVS) is accredited to offer the following international best management practice courses via self-paced e-Learning in over 51 countries:

Course Approach:

E-learning allows the delegate to go through the chapters in a logical manner. The content starts with an introduction, overview and ends with sample exams to test the delegates understanding of the material covered. E-learning enables the delegate to study the material at the delegate’s preferred pace. It is recommended to do the sample exams after the complete e-learning has been followed. To prepare effectively for the exam, delegates should be prepared to undertake revision and exam preparation work.

Course Student Material:

Students will receive the credentials to start the Computer Based Training (CBT). The CBT is an online training course and can be followed anytime and anywhere.

Businesses and Individuals

In this post we’re taking a look at why businesses and individuals are opting for online learning over the more traditional methods. E-learning is the global education market’s fastest growing sub sector. But what is it about online learning that is so appealing and how does it benefit today’s organizations and individuals?

E-learning provides opportunities for individuals who perhaps don’t have access to traditional training environments to learn current theories and methodologies at their own pace and without large costs. It’s estimated that individuals and companies can save 50-70% on their training costs by switching to e-learning from traditional training methods.

But it’s not just the costs that are attractive. Research has found that retention of e-learning is twice as high as classroom instruction at half the cost; moreover, it has been discovered that participants learn almost five times more material without increasing the time they spent training.

The use of e-learning requires up-front investment in technology, development tools and content. Africa Value Solutions (AVS) has invested and partnered with the best online training providers for our PRINCE2, ITIL and Management of Risk (M_O_R) e-learning courses. These investments are fixed, regardless of how many students we train allowing our prices to remain very competitive in comparison to the more traditional training modes.

Other advantages of e-learning include:

  • Faster delivery – At a time when change is faster than ever a key advantage of e-learning is that it has faster delivery cycle times than traditional classroom-based instruction. There is a practical limitation on how fast learning can be rolled out with classroom-based instruction, as the capacity to deliver learning is limited by the number of available classrooms and trainers.
  • More effective learning – A nine-year survey by a research literature in training concluded that: “Learners learn more using computer-based instruction than they do with conventional ways of teaching, as measured by higher post-treatment test scores.’
  • Lower environmental impact – Online learning is an effective way for individuals and organizations to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Flexibility, Accessibility, Convenience – Learners can proceed through a training program “at their own pace and at their own place.” They can also access the e-Learning course at any time, and only as much as they need. This is also known as “Just in time and just enough.”
  • Savings in Travel Cost and Time 
  • Ease of Updates
Some of the disadvantages attributed to e-learning include:
  • Learners with low motivation or bad study habits may fall behind
  • Without the routine structures of a traditional class, students may get lost or confused about course activities and deadlines
  • Students may feel isolated from the instructor and classmates
  • Instructor may not always be available when students are studying or need help
  • Slow Internet connections or older computers may make accessing course materials frustrating
  • Managing computer files and online learning software can sometimes seem complex for students with beginner-level computer skills
What do you think? Should we stick to more traditional methods of training, is e-learning the way forward or would a combination of the two create an ideal learning experience?

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The Cheat’s Guide to taking an exam at home

Now I’ve got your attention I want to give you some tips if you’re taking your exam online at home. Africa Value Solutions Limited (AVS) offers the ability to take some of our exams in the comfort of your home.

No 1.

Wear some clothes.  Every second of your exam is recorded and reviewed, so please do consider what you’re wearing. We’ve seen people taking exams wearing flimsy negligees, reindeer dressing gowns and Sponge Bob boxer shorts. We’re not fussy about the dress code so we don’t expect you to dress smartly, just remember that someone will watch you taking the exam.  Jeans and a t-shirt is perfect!

No 2.

You must be alone. You can’t chat to anyone – not even the cat. Please keep pets, partners and children away while you take your exam.

No 3.

Get out of bed.  We’ve seen people attempting to take their exam in bed – while their partner lies next to them.  This won’t get you a pass so please don’t consider it! You’re better off sitting at a desk or table and you can then follow tip no 4 more easily too.


No 4.

Scan the room slowly all the way round and up and down. You’ve got to do a 360 degree scan of the room and that includes under the desk and right above and behind you. If you perform the scan too quickly, we won’t be able to see the room, so take it slow.  You’ll get full instructions when you register – please follow these carefully as you will be issued a breach result if you don’t  follow the instructions correctly.

No 5.

We’re actively looking for signs of cheating. They are not difficult to spot. We can see if you’re referring to a source of information and our software picks up repetitive motion – so please don’t even try. Remember your Foundation exam is closed book so you can’t have anything with you. Practitioner exams are open book and you can refer to your manual.

No 6.

Don’t forget your ID. Check what you need before you sit down for the exam. Without the proper ID, even if you have taken the exam, you will breach your result. Your passport is ideal but check the instructions for other forms of acceptable ID and don’t forget to have it with you when you start. If you go off into another room to hunt for ID you will breach the exam.

No 7.

Remember you are being watched.  It might not feel like it but your exam footage will be reviewed either while you are taking the exam or after you have taken it. Any question whatsoever about the integrity of your exam will result in a breach. Unfortunately remote exams must be administered this way in order to be fair to everyone. So give yourself the best chance by being prepared.

No 8.

Please actually read the T&C before ticking the box and continuing with the exam.

No 9.

When we ask for the room to be clear, we mean nothing should be on the floor, desk or shelves in the room where you are taking your exam.  This includes bags, papers or books as they could contain reference materials.  So, it’s a good excuse for a de-clutter but remember you need to do it before you start the exam.

No 10.

Relax and concentrate. Treat this exam as you would any other. Don’t get flustered. If you have prepared well enough you are sure to pass.  Good luck!


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Take your Exam at Home

With Remote Proctor Now, all you need is a computer with audio and video capabilities and a suitable internet service provider.

The booking process is easy – when you are ready to take your exam you simply contact Africa Value Solutions Limited (AVS) to arrange a date and time. As the process is entirely online, exams can be taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once an exam is booked, you will receive an access code via email; you can then follow the instructions in the email, download the software and start the exam.

After you have filled in your details, the software will check your computer’s compatibility and prompt you to shut down any remote assistance/control applications you have open. When your desktop is secure, you will be asked to enter your exam code which will then take you to the online exam room. At this point you will need identify yourself, which is done by taking a photo of yourself and of your passport or driver’s license, and verify that the room you are in is suitable for exam conditions.

This means you will need to use your computer’s camera to scan the entire room, including the surface of your desk, under the desk, the walls, ceiling and floor area. By doing this, you are proving that you have no reference materials available to you and there is no one else in the room who will be helping you with your exam. The use of televisions, radios, phones, headsets and any other electronic devices is prohibited. Once you have done this, the camera should be returned to a position where it can record your face throughout the duration of the exam.

After these checks have been completed, you can start the exam. You will be given the appropriate amount of time to complete it depending on which qualification you are doing and once you click finish you will be given a preliminary result. This way, you will know immediately whether or not you have passed, however your result will still need to be verified by your ATO. Your certificate will be sent to you by your ATO upon successful verification of your grade.

All Foundation exams and ITIL Intermediate exams are available to be taken via Proctor Now. Candidates wishing to book a remotely proctored exam will need to book it through Africa Value Solutions Limited (AVS). Please contact us at

Africa Value Solutions LTD (AVS) | Co-operative Bank Building | Suite 405, 4th Floor | Ngong Road | Ngong Town | Kenya.

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