John Lesperance reports on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at OERu meeting
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Presentation on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at the OERu TQF and course articulation meeting hosted by COL on 4 November 2013.

Presentation on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at the OERu TQF and course articulation meeting hosted by COL on 4 November 2013.

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John Lesperance reports on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at OERu meeting John Lesperance reports on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at OERu meeting Presentation Transcript

  • What VUSSC is  or isn’t? VUSSC is not a university! Ironic? If not, then what?
  • What VUSSC is or isn’t? • • • • • VUSSC is not a university in the traditional sense. There are no: faculties departments schools, classrooms or lecturers
  • What VUSSC is or isn’t? VUSSC can best be described as a concept! What does this mean?
  • What VUSSC is or isn’t? • An initiative of the education ministers of the 32 small states that account for two-thirds of the Commonwealth member states. • To make available post secondary and tertiary level qualifications available to member states. • To share post-secondary and tertiary level qualifications among member states.
  • What VUSSC is or isn’t? • VUSSC is “collaborative network” contributing to the strengthening and development of the tertiary education sectors in participating states. • VUSSC is a “clearing house” for “collecting” and “registering” qualifications. • VUSSC is a platform for “storing” qualifications.
  • Participating countries • Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. • Montserrat, The Cayman Islands (nonCommonwealth). • University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • The Virtual University for Small  States of the Commonwealth
  • The TQF What is the VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF)?
  • The TQF • is a translation instrument for the classification of VUSSC qualifications  to improve credit transfer and  promote common accreditation mechanisms between participating VUSSC countries
  • The TQF TQF as a mapping instrument • Improve credit transfer and articulation between countries • Promote common quality assurance mechanisms • Does not replace existing qualifications frameworks • Unified, credit-based with 10 levels • Sectoral and incremental implementation • Non-regulatory
  • 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
  • Referencing the TQF 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; Referencing the TQF 360 6 Advanced/ Higher Diploma Associate Degree/ Foundation Degree 240 5 Diploma 240 Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 4 Advanced Certificate 120 3 Certificate III 40 2 Certificate II 1 Certificate I 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 40 2 Certificate II 40 40 1 Certificate I 40
  • Underlying Principle
  • TQF Referenced to MQF & EQF 
  • TQF Referenced to CQF
  • The VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) Providers Registration of courses onto TQF MoU Guidelines for Recognition RQF Note: Dotted lines refer to registration process of courses that have already been quality assured by the NQAA or other recognised authority
  • Ministerial request, transnational needs VUSSC Conduit coordinated by COL No/very limited recognition (non(formal) National and regional recognition National recognition National, regional and transnational recognition Optional Course material developed using ODL mode PROVIDERS offer a range of courses NATIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS (NQF or MOE) Compulsory REGIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS (RQF, where applicable) Optional TRANSNATIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS Optional
  • Benefits of the TQF • Increase access to online learning • Promote life long learning • TQF is voluntary – not replacing existing system • Enhance transnational education and training system
  • VUSSC OER CYCLE
  • The TQF Management Committee • Oversee the development and implementation of the TQF • Oversee the evaluation of programmes to be registered on the VUSSC TQF • Communicate and advocate the TQF within Small States of the Commonwealth. • Recommend the appointment of external observers, technical experts and external evaluators to COL when required • Develop and maintain appropriate strategic networks to enhance the objectives and performance of the TQF.
  • Challenges of the TQF • Registration of Qualifications on the NQF/TQF • Ventilation of the TQF • Referencing of the TQF with other meta-framework like the EQF • Involvement of all stakeholders • Other countries that wish to use TQF • Certification
  • www.col.org/vussc www.vussc.info www.facebook.com/vussc