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    Institutional Learner Support Services Manual
    (2024-05) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    The Learning Support Services Manual offers comprehensive guidelines for managing learner support in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions. It covers planning, implementation, and provision of support through various subsystems to aid learners in their academic journey. The manual emphasizes three essential elements: learner support services, technologies facilitating support, and support facilities/resources. It advocates for continuous support across key stages of the learner journey, including enrolment, orientation, course delivery, guidance, and graduation. By drawing on research and best practices, it proposes diverse support services aimed at enhancing learning outcomes and addressing learners' diverse needs. Additionally, it includes self-assessment tasks for staff to identify gaps and improve support provision.
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    Supporting Learners Studying through ODFL: A Guide for Parents in the Pacific
    (2023-12) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This guide is designed for parents and guardians of children living in Pacific Island countries who wish to support their children in Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL). It addresses the adaptive and supplemental support parents should offer their children who are engaging in forms of ODFL, either as part of their in-class learning or in a fully online medium of instruction, whether by choice or in response to school closures or emergency circumstances. This guide was developed as part of the Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning in the Pacific Project, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.
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    Guide to QA of ODFL Provision in the Pacific
    (2023-08) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    This guide to quality assurance of Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) provision is intended to support Ministry of Education officials and teachers in the Pacific to roll out high quality distance education in their own contexts. Whilst expansion of ODFL has significantly increased participation in education, upholding the quality of provision cannot be overemphasised. The guide contains six units: (1) Understanding quality and quality assurance in ODFL; (2) Key components of quality in ODFL; (3) Implementing quality in ODFL; (4) Enhancing quality through policy; (5) ICT infrastructure and quality; and (6) optional readings. This guide was developed as part of the Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning in the Pacific Project, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.
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    Digital and Professional Teacher Competency Standards for Blended TVET
    (2023-07) Smith, Clint; Waters, Melinda; Petterd, Robin; Okinda, Robert; Cameron, Lesley
    The digital and professional teacher competency standards for blended TVET describe specifically the new and emerging skill development needs related to blended delivery. The standards are contextualised to take into account the technology and capability challenges common in TVET institutes in developing countries, the range of teaching methods needed in TVET and the challenges of practising and assessing practical skills in blended environments.
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    Teacher Skills Required for Blended TVET: Analysis and Guidelines
    (2023) Smith, Clint; Waters, Melinda; Petterd, Robin; Okinda, Robert; Doree, Allan
    This analysis and guidelines aim to establish the key issues and considerations in describing the new or modified digital and professional skills TVET teachers require for blended delivery. The accompanying Digital and Professional Teacher Competency Standards for Blended TVET presents the draft competency standards.