A distance-based learning model is used for this course. Classrooms are set up at different sites (which meet certain infrastructure requirements) and link to the trainer via the Mconf conferencing system (one Mconf login per classroom) during biweekly contact sessions. Mconf is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South African National Research Network (CSIR SANREN).
To ensure that internet instability is not a barrier to education, lectures are pre-recorded, downloaded, and watched locally in classrooms.
There are appropriately trained local teaching assistants at each of the sites to assist with the practical components of the course, which run using online tools as far as possible.
There is no application or participation fee. Local sites provide the physical resources for the course and the course core team provides logistic and course management support via the Vula platform.