Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Director, presents a certificate to one of the participants.
A workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) successfully ended at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) on 29 June 2017.
The week-long workshop, which focused on the use of OER for skills development in the Pacific, was facilitated by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and hosted by USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
It included seventeen (17) participants from across the Pacific. These participants learnt how to adapt up-to-date relevant information, contexualise the adaptation and use this information in their course design content to create a learning environment that is conducive to the 21st century skills and knowledge.
According to Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS), flexible learning is not an option for USP, but is a must in order to increase access of tertiary studies in its member countries across the Pacific.
Professor Coll said that the current Strategic Plan (2013-2018) of USP is very strong on flexible learning, which pushes for course conversion, innovative technologies, emerging OER and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
USP, he added, is seen as a leader of flexible learning in the Pacific.
Professor Coll thanked COL for bringing the workshop to the Pacific as this, he said, augurs well with the value of the University’s partnership and leadership shown in Flexible Learning in the Pacific.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director, Pacific TAFE said that it was an exciting moment to host the workshop being the region’s premier human resource development organisation and which aligns well with its core function of learning, teaching and research.
This workshop, he said, is a response to Pacific Leaders in education and the continuous collaboration between COL and USP in their endeavour to supply a quality skills-based job market with human resources that are prepared to quality standard with nationally or internationally accredited and recognised qualification.
The 21st century, Mr Lal said, introduced to the Pacific region the importance and relevant use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education in the Pacific and this workshop. He added that “it has taught participants, practical aspects on how to use ICT effectively in Education to develop or create pedagogical approaches to make learning more accessible in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) discipline, using flexible and blended mode.”
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.
Recognising the diversity and spread of the Commonwealth, COL promotes the development of leadership and expertise through various regional centres.
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