~ 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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Latest Activity

Grace Titi joined Kayla Ortlieb's group
Jan 23
Anumene Chukwuemeka Stephen is now a member of INVEST Africa
Jan 12
VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG replied to VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG's discussion Panel beating and Spray Painting short course at RIAT
Jan 12
VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG replied to VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG's discussion Panel beating and Spray Painting short course at RIAT
Jan 8
Victor Iboyi is now a member of INVEST Africa
Jan 4
Evans Bindabinda updated their profile
Dec 28, 2018
Evans Bindabinda is now a member of INVEST Africa
Dec 9, 2018
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Dec 4, 2018
Michael Hamisi replied to VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG's discussion Panel beating and Spray Painting short course at RIAT
Dec 4, 2018
DAVID FRANK is now a member of INVEST Africa
Nov 30, 2018
edwin simiti is now a member of INVEST Africa
Nov 22, 2018
Duyilemi ilesanmi replied to Alison's discussion 10 drivers of blended learning
Nov 20, 2018


COL President appointed to UNESCO IITE Governing Board

COL President and CEO Professor Asha Kanwar has been appointed to the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)



My nine years as Education Specialist at COL have now come to an end and it is time for me to bid you adieu. I want to thank every member of our partner institutions for joining the journey towards flexible and blended TVET. We have laughed a lot and learned a lot and I hope that your journey will continue. So many people have benefited from your efforts to improve access and quality in skills training. 

I am going back to consultancy and will be busy in Sierra Leone for a while. I am sure many of our paths will cross again.

You can find me here:


May your God keep you safe



July 2018 - Vol. 23, No. 2 

 COL is pleased to share the latest issue of our newsletter, Connections.

 In this issue:

·  CHOGM 2018

·  C-Delta - new platform for digital education skills

·  Learner Analytics: A Pathway to increased learner success in ODFL

·  Tech Trends: Privacy and trust in an era of Big Data

·  And much more!

We hope you will enjoy it. Click here to read or download the full issue. 


The latest issue of the latest issue of Journal of Learning for Development (JL4DVol.5, No.2, 2018  is out. 



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.


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Active Discussions


Panel beating and Spray Painting short course at RIAT 14 Replies

This is a three months skill based short course that has just come to a close, for the first cohort, at RIAT, Kisumu, Kenya, the fifteen trainees proceeding to industrial attachment. The training was delivered in partnership with Africa Development…Continue

Started by VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG in Flexible Skills Development. Last reply by VICTOR OUMA OCHIENG Jan 12.

10 drivers of blended learning 36 Replies

These drivers of blended learning were identified in the USA.…Continue

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Started by Alison in Teaching Tips & Resources. Last reply by Duyilemi ilesanmi Nov 20, 2018.

Tribute to Dr. Alison 16 Replies

Dr. Alison, You came, and managed to change the way we provide TVET in Africa.You are leaving an indelible mark in our personal well-being and TVET institutional structures.Members, join me in paying tribute to Dr. Alison.Hongera Daktari!Continue

Started by Robert Okinda in Administrative Notices. Last reply by Josephine Angeline Aguda Oct 24, 2018.

Daktari Alison: A worthy Trojan!

It is unimaginable to imagine (sorry about the repetition!) that anyone in the CLN clan can ever fully express what Dr Alison represents to TVET in Africa. I try not to get too emotional each time I reflect on the inevitability. The consolation,…Continue

Started by Dr Eshiotse, Sunny Gabriel in Assistance Please! Oct 15, 2018.



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* 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
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