A commonwealth 'Credit Bank'
PCF1 // In March 1995 the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) commissioned the UK Open University to explore the establishment of a Commonwealth 'credit bank'. The final report was published in February 1997, Adam et al (1997). // Two main functions were envisaged: // · The establishment of Commonwealth-wide credit equivalencies for distance learning courses; // · The provision of a central agency through which the credit could be accumulated and applied to credentials. // The study drew on earlier work by the CoL which identified the advantages of developing credit transfer arrangements between Commonwealth distance education programmes. // Recent pedagogic developments have resulted in universities worldwide exploring ways of crediting students' previous learning, facilitating student mobility, encouraging the recognition of qualifications for academic and vocational purposes and collaborating in the production of course materials. Technological developments, particularly the rapid increase in the availability of the internet, have opened up new possibilities and potential demand for the transfer of learning credit. // In view of this and changed economic circumstances we have revised our original proposals. This paper seeks to make discuss those proposals, and to provide a background to the discussion of case studies. //