VUSSC TIMELINE

2010

2008

  • The Transnational Qualifications Framework Management Committee meet in Singapore from late February to early March and develop a consultative document to serve as the foundation of a widely recognised system of accreditation for the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth
  • Course materials from the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) are freely available online. To date, 30 small states have committed to VUSSC and more than 80 people have taken part in VUSSC workshops
  • Seychelles Bootcamp focuses on Fisheries in March 2008

 

2007

  • Singapore Bootcamp focuses on Training Educators to Develop Open and Distance Learning Materials in March 2007
  • Trinidad and Tobago Bootcamp focuses on Life Skills in June 2007
  • Samoa Bootcamp focuses on Disaster Management in November 2007

 

2006

  • COL hosts the first Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) collaborative materials development workshop for educators from 13 Commonwealth small states. Known as the Mauritius Bootcamp, the workshop focuses on Toursim and Entrepreneurship and takes place in August 2006
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides financial support for VUSSC
  • The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC) provides £1 million to COL for VUSSC
  • COL introduces a template for instructional design that helps content developers to convert their subject matter expertise into learning materials
  • COL launches WikiEducator, a website that provides free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use
  • Interlocutors and institutional managers meet in Singapore in April to sign a Letter of Intent
  • Interlocutors meet again in Jamaica in November 2006

 

2005

  • Orientation and planning meeting on “Virtual University, Flexible Learning” held in Singapore in September 2005; articulated the The Singapore Statement
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2004

  • Twenty small states of the Commonwealth accept COL's invitation to participate in the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)

2003

  • COL's report on the feasibility of creating a virtual university to support higher education in small states is approved at the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Edinburgh in March 2003. Ministers also endorse and pledge funding for COL's new Three-year Plan, 2003–2006

2002

  • Proposal for VUSSC developed by the Technical Advisory Committee distributed to Commonwealth Ministers of Education

2000

  • 14th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in Halifax, Canada, pass a resolution requesting the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to develop a proposal for a virtual university for small states of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); articulated in theHalifax Declaration