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dc.contributor.authorWest, Paul
dc.contributor.authorDaniel, John
dc.coverage.spatialGlobalen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-01T03:21:51Z
dc.date.available2015-09-01T03:21:51Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11599/1443
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesOpen Learning: the Journal of Open and Distance Learning;Vol. 24, Issue 1
dc.subjectVirtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)en_US
dc.subjectModels and Frameworksen_US
dc.titleThe Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealthen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US


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