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- ItemOpen AccessBook Review: Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries by Colin Latchem(2019-03) Newman, MairetteIn compiling over 180 cases of successful open and distance non-formal education (ODL NFE) interventions from across the developing world, the late Colin Latchem, author of Open and distance non-formal education in developing countries, has broken new ground. Although a few authors have taken a comparable approach (e.g., Hanemann, & Scarpino, 2016; Siaciwena, 2000), none has come close to providing such a comprehensive overview, detailing not only with the scope and quality of work being done but also the variety of providers who work in disparate cultures and societies under the banner of ODL NFE. Readers will be impressed with the wide-ranging examples of rich and often innovative ways in which ODL NFE is being used. The cases span areas such as adult literacy, gender equity, sanitation, agriculture and entrepreneurship; they address the needs of out-of-school children, the community of persons with disabilities, illiterate farmers, persons in crisis affected contexts, and prisoners; and they describe solutions which use ‘no tech’, ‘low tech’ and ‘high tech’ tools. It is in this respect that the book serves as both an inspiration and practical guide for those working in the non-formal education sector, especially in developing countries, be they practitioners or policy makers.
- ItemOpen AccessEvaluation and Lessons Learned from Professionalising Youth Work Micro-credentials in Fiji and the Bahamas: A Comparative Analysis(2022-09) Perris, Kirk; Naidu, Som; Pluim, Gary; Johnson, Janelle; Newman, Mairette; Bhartu, Deepak; Semeniuk, JanaPCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations [PRESENTATION] // Since 2019, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has worked with partners to develop micro-credentials aimed at professionalising youth workers, or aspiring youth workers. Youth workers are individuals on the front lines who engage directly with youth, mainly through government, non-government and civil society organisations. // COL, with research and capacity-building support from Lakehead University in Canada, developed two online, facilitated micro-credentials, each comprised of six courses; in the Pacific in 2020-21 and then in the Bahamas in 2021. In the Pacific, course delivery was facilitated by the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development, located at the University of the South Pacific. In the Caribbean, course delivery was facilitated by the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. Data collected in the Pacific initiative included participation data from 2,503 registered learners, and pre- and post-course experience surveys. Data collected in the Bahamas, which is at an earlier stage of implementation, included data from 6 interview and focus groups of ministry and post-secondary education professionals. // In this workshop we will focus on two halves. In the first half, we will offer a description of each project including youth issues, selection of stakeholders, and contextualisation. In the second half, we will engage participants to reflect on the first half presentation and then be organized into small groups to engage in varying activities that will also be informed by their own experiences in multi stakeholder projects. The workshop will close with an open discussion in plenary. // The outcomes of the workshop are to: Advance understanding on mechanisms that may enable fruitful engagement across international and cultural boundaries; the centrality and value of co-development in such activities; and problematizing international partnerships in the context of project management and participatory action research with a view to forming some generalizations to the benefit of all attendees. // Paper ID 8625
- ItemOpen AccessPriorities for Sustainable Youth Development in Small State Countries(2021-05-28) Newman, MairettePriorities for Sustainable Youth Development in Small State Countries: A Lightning Talk virtually presented by Dr Mairette Newman , Education Specialist: VUSSC at the Commonwealth Small States Youth Policy Boot Camp hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Cambridge on 28 May 2021.
- ItemOpen AccessUniversity Teaching and Learning in Post-Pandemic Times: Transforming Thinking and Practice(2022-11-24) Newman, MairetteGuest Speaker Address by Dr Mairette Newman, COL Education Specialist: VUSSC, at The University of the West Indies Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award, Mona, Jamaica November 24, 2022. In an increasingly crises-ridden, unstable world, achievement of excellence in university teaching presents both challenges and opportunities. Resources required for excellence are diverse but chief among those resources is faculty, many of whom have thrived both despite and because of complex challenges they navigated during Covid-19. This address explores three separate but interconnected themes - Covid-19 as a driver of change; resilience and flexibility; and pedagogical design as ‘star’ - as starting points for thinking about how Faculty in a post- pandemic university can reframe, renew, and expand how they engage in teaching and serve their learners in equitable ways. It highlights how transforming thinking and practice associated with feedback, assessment, the role of technology and learner support is key to promoting excellence.
- ItemOpen AccessUpdate, Upgrade for a More Resilient Dominica(2019) Newman, MairetteCOL has partnered with Dominica’s Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) to educate citizens about mitigating climate-change risks and becoming better prepared for future disasters. Five public education messages for different stakeholder groups have been produced and broadcast on the country’s radio stations under the general theme Update, Upgrade for a More Resilient Dominica.
- ItemOpen AccessVirtual Graduation Address: Assistive Technology for Special Education Needs (SEN)(2023-06-29) Newman, MairetteAddress by Dr Mairette Newman, COL Education Specialist: VUSSC, delivered to the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Assistive Technology for Special Education Needs, on 28 June 2023.
- ItemOpen AccessVirtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth: Mechanisms and Lessons(2022-02-15) Mishra, Sanjaya; Newman, Mairette"Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth: Mechanisms and Lessons" virtually presented by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL Director: Education at the Consultation on Renewal of UCSIS with Higher Education Institutions in Small Island States, organised by UNESCO, on 15 February 2022.
- ItemOpen AccessVirtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth: Pre-PCF9 Interlocutors’ Meeting(2019-09) Kanwar, Asha; Newman, MairetteThe turn of the century witnessed the dot.com boom. Ministers of education were worried about the rise of online universities and how this could negatively impact small states, which stood at a disadvantage compared to larger countries. The ministers from the small states were determined that their countries should engage with the online world and increase access to tertiary education in their countries but doubted that they had the critical mass, of either expertise or equipment, to engage with online learning on their own. They were concerned that their countries were on the wrong side of the digital divide, had inadequate access to tertiary education which resulted in brain drain and lacked the capacity to benefit from the developments in technology. The idea for VUSSC was proposed by Ministers of Education at the 14CCEM.The proposal for VUSSC was accepted by Ministers at the 15CCEM in Edinburgh and COL was assigned the responsibility of implementing this initiative. COL was instrumental in the development of the VUSSC proposal right from the start.