Commonwealth of Learning to review USP’s Flexible Learning
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President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Professor Asha Kanwar, will chair the panel that will conduct an external review of USP’s Flexible Learning
The University of the South Pacific
’s Flexible Learning will soon undergo an external evaluation by a panel of reviewers to be chaired by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) based in Vancouver, Canada.
COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.
USP’s Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) designs and develops flexible learning materials in Print, Blended and Online modes, and offers other services which include training in learning technologies and emerging pedagogies.
Flexible Learning allows students to make choices about their learning experiences, based on their personal circumstances.
As part of the external review of Flexible Learning, CFL submitted a Self-Review report to COL on behalf of USP.
The review will enable USP to appraise its Flexible Learning design and development systems and processes and to achieve the relevant Key Performance Indicators as articulated in the USP Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
According to the Terms of Reference for the review of Flexible Learning, COL, will among other things “Undertake a review and evaluation of the management and leadership, organisation and structure, demonstrated operational effectiveness, and overall strategic direction for USP’s FL mode activities and provision at USP; assess the University’s vision, initiatives and specific objectives in FL as outlined in the Strategic Plan 2013-2018”.
The Review panel will visit USP’s Laucala Campus
on 19th-21st August. A delegation of the panel will also visit the campuses at Vanuatu and Solomons Islands on 25th-26th August 2014.
In addition to reviewing documents, the Review panel will interview a range of University staff at Management, Academic and Professional levels.
Students studying courses offered by Flexible Learning modes will also meet the Review panel.
Other members of the Review panel will include:
Professor Belinda Tynan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Open University, United Kingdom;
Professor Mark Brown, Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland; and
Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.
The last review, undertaken in 2000, was led by Professor Fred Lockwood of the Open University in the United Kingdom. He was assisted by Professor Alan Smith from the University of Southern Queensland and Mr Chris Yates from the International Extension College, Cambridge, England.
The 90 recommendations that resulted from the 2000 review focused both on Flexible Learning design and development processes at what was then the University Extension section and at the wider USP Flexible Learning development and delivery network.
A report on actions undertaken by the University to address those recommendations has been submitted as part of the Self Review report to the 2014 panel.
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