A Transnational Qualifications Framework for the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

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2007-09-21
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West, Paul
Daniel, John
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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Training Workshop on Development of National Qualifications/Quality Assurance Frameworks for SADC countries, Zanzibar, 21-22 September, 2007, A Transnational Qualifications Framework for the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth, Paul West and John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning, Determined not to be left behind in the race to incorporate eLearning into education and training, the Ministers of Education of the small states that constitute two-thirds of Commonwealth membership conceived the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. It is a mechanism for working together to develop materials in electronic formats that can be adapted and used by tertiary institutions in each of the 30 participating countries. Course content in Tourism & Hospitality; Entrepreneurship; Teacher Professional Development; ICTs (The COL/UNESCO Computer Navigator's Certificate); Life Skills and Disaster Management is now being developed collaboratively using "web2" technologies. // The success of the initiative will depend on creating a transnational qualifications framework to provide a common language for credits and awards arising from the materials. The South African Qualifications Authority is helping COL to analyse and merge the information on available qualification frameworks in the small states of the Commonwealth. Documents on national qualifications frameworks from each country will be used to prepare a draft Transnational Qualifications Framework for presentation to officials in 2008. They will use the document as a starting point to agree on processes and procedures for the transfer of qualifications.

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Models and Frameworks,Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)
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Tanzania
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Africa,Pan-Commonwealth
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