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Challenges of Flexible TVET in the Pacific

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    This topic highlights the challenges faced by TVET educators in making courses more flexible to improve access to good quality skills training.

    Please share any challenges you face – or any good practices to share.


    The design, development and integration of TVET courses by the University of the South Pacific (USP) poses several core challenges in terms of designing the course package to be published as an Open Education Resource (OER), up-skilling the Instructional designers to design competency-based distance TVET courses and effectively incorporating it in a higher education institution. While USP’s Strategic Plan 2013-2018 emphatically supports TVET, the process of operationalising the objectives has exposed several problem areas.

    This paper focuses specifically on the challenges of designing and delivering competency based, distance, TVET materials to USP’s regional students spread over an area of 33,000,000 km2 of ocean. Prominent among these challenges are the infancy of TVET design knowledge at a higher education institution like USP, over 200 active, indigenous language communities learning in one language (English), limited ICT infrastructure and hugely diverse social and economic backgrounds.

    Designing TVET Courses for the first time at the University of the South Pacific
    Dr Theresa Koroivulaono  and Shashi Kerishma Seth

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