~ Innovation in Vocational and Educational Skills Training


Welcome to the INVEST Community Learning Network or CLN.

Commonwealth of Learning is working in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa - CAPA - to support their member institutions who are working to integrate ICT into TVET teaching and learning. This activity is called INVEST - Innovation in Vocational Education & Skills Training.

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Open Education Week

March 5-9, 2018

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Join and participate.


will be celebrated on 12 March this year.

The 's annual theme for 2018 is 'Towards a Common Future', addressing how working together we can create a more sustainable, fairer, secure and prosperous future in line with



COL invites proposals from educational institutions in countries to develop advanced in specialised areas of , based on current market demands. Learn more:

Last date of proposal submission is February 15 2018


The Latest issue of JL4D released. Click here to access it.


November 2017 Issue of the Connections Magazine is available here

Announcing the Creative Commons Community Activities Fund

The Creative Commons announces the Community Activities Fund, which is a mini-grant program aimed at supporting individuals and communities pursuing activities aligned with values and principles stated on the new Creative Commons Global Network Strategy.

Click here for more information about application for the funds.



We are trying to raise the profile of #flexibleTVET on Twitter. Please join me there and you are welcome to follow me @alisonmead3

Let's start tweeting about flexible TVET and tell the world what you are achieving.


For older news, please see the CLN News Archives


CLN Events & Workshops

Active Discussions


Trade Training 5 Replies

Many years ago when we first started INVEST Africa, I visited TVET partners in different countries. A constant refrain was "young people are not interested in trade training as they feel it does not lead to a well paid job - they want office…Continue

Tags: marketing, Trades

Started by Alison in News & Articles of Interest. Last reply by Patrick Andayi Feb 13.

Greening TVET 8 Replies

Attended an inspiring capacity building workshop on greening TVET in East, West and South Africa at the Rift Valley Technical Training institute, Eldoret, Kenya. 4th - 6th October 2017Continue

Started by VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG in Courses, Training & Presentations. Last reply by VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG Jan 17.

Earn a Digital Certificate at FutureLearn FREE 2 Replies

Happy New Year in advance,For a limited time, FutureLearn supported by British Council is making available Free Digital Upgrade for some selected courses. Get ongoing access to and the opportunity to earn a Digital Certificate on your chosen…Continue

Tags: Upskill, Development, Professional, Courses, Online

Started by John T. Okewole in Courses, Training & Presentations. Last reply by Akaelu Dorothy Jan 14.

Cost of FaB Training 3 Replies

As COL partner institutions develop flexible and blended courses, determining cost of training per trainee is imperative. What factors should be considered when determining cost per trainee?Continue

Started by Robert Okinda in News & Articles of Interest. Last reply by Josephine Angeline Aguda Dec 21, 2017.



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New Resources

"I am Employable: creating access to technical and vocational education for young people with disabilities

COL Weekly News Service

Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning for a digital age

Toolkit on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector

Theory and Practice of Online Teaching and Learning

A guide for academic professionals

Policy Brief on MOOCs from COL


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Learning and Working in the Informal Economy Toolkit

Access to VET, skills development and transition

What is a MOOC? - YouTube video

* Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit Resources for Teachers & Educators

* Gender and Entrepreneurship Resource Kit, from International Labour Organization.

* Small Scale Business Management full course materials

*  Course Design for the Informal Sector workshop materials

* 3 Ways To Quickly Share Bunches of Links With Your Students

* UNESCO TVET Video about Youth Employment Opportunities. Nice clips about the types of training offered.

* Exploring the Business Case for OERs

* Free, open-source alternative to Google Analytics-

* CLN Glossary
Learn about terms we use in the CLN.

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