Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is a global, cutting edge Data Science Academy which offers various courses.
Shaun Dippnall, CEO of EDSA, sat down with Careers Portal to talk data science, machine learning and scholarship opportunities.
Explore Data Science Academy offers full-time, part-time and NANO qualifications as well as various short courses. Their most popular course is their 1-year data science course.
EDSA teaches data science and does it at scale across Africa. Their way of teaching is quite different to the way normal Universities do it.
How To Apply To EDSA
- Click here.
- Click on the course you're interested in
- Click on 'Enrol now'
How To Pay your EDSA Fees
Courses at EDSA range in prices. EDSA offers a selection of financing options, from discounted upfront payments, pay-as-you-learn and the EXPLORE Loan.
However, should you not be able to afford the fees, there are South African corporates who pay for the course as well as provide you with an internship opportunity. This is done through Data Science learnerships.
Eligible applicants can apply via the Data Science course page where they will be guided to provide application information and complete an Aptitude Quiz.
In your application, you will need to do a pattern recognition test where you'll write some code and you will then have an interview.
How does studying at EDSA look?
EDSA has always used the blended learning method. They believe technology enables you to teach better and at scale and have spent years building a platform that teaches.
Students log in to the platform where they will find their learning material and they then write code and work with their peers. Students hardly interact with teachers and instead learn from videos and learn from peer to peer interaction.
EDSA provided their students with laptops which enabled them to study from home and performances are said to be very similar to contact learning.
You only need a few really good teachers and you need to digitise them or virtualise them so what we've got is some of the best scientists in the world and they've created videos of lectures and webinars and everybody can see that.
This then enables students to learn from people who are skilled at what they're teaching.
EDSA wants to deliver these necessary skills to the country and ensure that graduates are on the right path to getting a good job.
Where to find EDSA