The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth
The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth was conceived by Ministers at their triennial Conference of Commonwealth Ministers of Education in 2000. The Commonwealth of Learning was asked to investigate possible models and presented a proposal to Ministers at their next conference in 2003. The concept of a virtual university as a network was approved and COL was asked to help countries collaborate and strengthen the capacity of national education institutions through this mechanism. The concept of sharing course materials and programmes was a fundamental principle from the start and gained momentum as the trend to open courseware and Open Educational Resources developed. The VUSSC uses a range of materials that conform to different Creative Commons copyright licenses, all of which allow the free reuse and usually, customisation of materials. The VUSSC works with governments and national institutions, many of which have established national qualification frameworks. The VUSSC is working with these governments to establish a “Transnational Qualifications Framework” (TQF). The TQF will be a translation point between the systems in different countries and regions and help provide momentum to the transfer of courses, qualifications and learners between countries. National institutions that wish to offer educational programmes that are co-branded with VUSSC will have these approved within the institution, by the national qualification authority and where applicable, the regional qualification authority. The programmes that fulfil these requirements will be posted with their accreditation status on the VUSSC website that will be developed in 2008.
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The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth: a Collaborative Effort of the Small States Lesperance, John; West, Paul; Daniel, John (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009-10-21)Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, 2009 Global Forum, ‘Global Connections- Local Impacts: Best Practices, Model and Policies for Cross-Border Higher education’, 21-24 October 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by John ...
West, Paul (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009-09)The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) is an initiative that was created by the Ministers of Education of Small States. The Ministers approved the initiative for implementation at their ...
Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth: Launch of the Transnational Qualifications Framework Daniel, John (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2010-05-03)On behalf of the Commonwealth of Learning it is a pleasure to welcome you to this dinner to launch the Transnational Qualifications Framework that has been developed for the Virtual University of Small States of the ...
The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and its Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) West, Paul; Daniel, John; Lesperance, John (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009-04-07)Presented by Paul West at the 3rd Quality Congress, Dubai, Middle East, 7 April 2009. // Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for taking time to listen to this presentation about the 32 small states of the Commonwealth. My ...
A Transnational Qualifications Framework for the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth West, Paul; Daniel, John (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2007-09-21)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 ...