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    • Papua New Guinea
    • Samoa
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Solomon Islands
    • St. Kitts & Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
    • Swaziland
    • The Bahamas
    • The Gambia
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Tuvalu
    • Vanuatu
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Botswana
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Cyprus
    • Dominica
    • Fiji
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • Kiribati
    • Lesotho
    • Maldives
    • Malta
    • Mauritius
    • Namibia
  • Is it a University? Will it offer courses? When will it offer courses? Who gets to DECIDE management and staff? Who PAYS the management and staff? What does MY country get out of IT? How can I benefit?
  • Will NOT become a UNIVERSITY The VUSSC
  • A network rather than an institution Helps countries collaborate Strengthens the capacity of national education institutions AND will be as much concerned with adding value to conventional on-campus instruction as it is with serving learners at a distance.”
  • ICT Capacity Building Institutions that have online programmes Institutions create online programmes TQF & Portal TQF Meeting TQF work party
  • Six Interlocutors; representation from all three regions , 2 from each, forms the Management Committee Chairperson (elected by consensus of members) COL staff - ex officio member Term: 3 years Meetings: virtual (quarterly) and face-to-face (annually)
  • Management Committee Country Teams COL Advisory Committee TQF Management Committee Country Interlocutors
  • Commonwealth of Learning The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation
  • 2006 2008 2012
  • 2010 Interlocutors’ Meeting
  • Professionals in small states gained relevant ICT skills Professionals developing DE materials One institution in each region gained skills to begin implementing ODL Contextually relevant learning materials (OER) from workshops used by institutions Process to create a Transnational Qualifications Framework started TQF Implementation document being finalised VUSSC Website launched Course offering started VUSSC & TQF Management Committees set up
      • Workshops were held in 6 host
      • countries
      • 26 countries were involved
      • More than 130 participants were
      • trained
  • International Materials Development (OER) and Training Workshops
        • Workshop focused on
      • Capacity building
      • Course materials
      • development
      • Transfer of courses, credits and
      • learners
  • 2006 - Mauritius: Tourism and Entrepreneurship 2007 - Singapore: Professional Development of Educators 2007 - Trinidad: Life Skills 2007 - Samoa: Disaster Management 2008 - Seychelles: Fisheries 2008 - Bahamas: Construction 2009 – Samoa: Maritime Industry 2010 – Maldives: Agriculture and Agro Industry 2011 – Lesotho: Business and Entrepreneurship
  • The 3-week face-to-face workshop
    • Has served the VUSSC well…
  • The Instructional Design (ID) Template used by VUSSC
  • All rights reserved Creative Commons: Attribution Share-Alike No Derivatives Non-Commercial
  • The TQF is a translation instrument for the classification of VUSSC qualifications according to set criteria for specified levels of learning achieved, to improve credit transfer and promote common accreditation mechanisms between VUSSC member countries.
    • Non-regulatory
    • Will not replace sectoral, national or regional qualifications frameworks or authorities
    • Based on the principles of simplicity, incrementalism and local involvement
    • Aimed at supporting the transfer of credits achieved in different countries.
    • The purpose of the TQF is to facilitate the development and effective delivery of relevant and quality-assured VUSSC qualifications.
    • Overarching system of levels and credits
    • Virtual translation instrument
    • Housed within a web portal
    • Requiring minimal human and financial resources
  • Country X Country Y The pitching of qualifications on TQF NQF Qual At Level 5 NQF Qual At Level 7 TQF Qual At Level 6
  • Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 10 Doctoral Degree 360 9 Masters Degree 240 8 Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree with Honours 120 7 Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Certificate and Diploma; 360 6 Advanced/ Higher Diploma Associate Degree/ Foundation Degree 240 5 Diploma 240 4 Advanced Certificate 120 3 Certificate III 40 2 Certificate II 40 1 Certificate I 40
  • TQF Official Launch, Namibia April 2010
  • Financial support is crucial at this stage Member states taking ownership via VUSSC Management Committee Regional and national relationships to promote participation and facilitate funding Rate of course development/course offerings via INSTITUTIONS The continued support of the 32 Small States
  • VUSSC Learning Management System