~ 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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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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Tribute to Dr. Alison 13 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

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Unbelievable 1 Reply

All good things come and go but it is hard to believe some going. We are just concluding the CAPA conference in Abuja and here comes the news. Mama Africa is leaving. I have known Dactari the shortest but I appreciate that period. No regrets.…Continue

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Alison, the Amazing Amazon!

Dear Colleagues, Words fail me to describe Alison! I can't forget my first meeting with this gentle but cheerful and apt lady who identified me at the PCF7, Abuja 2013 from my badge and asked "you are from Yaba College of Technology?" The…Continue

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Just published - Interactive Learning Objects: Toolkit for Teachers and Learners

Dear all,I hope it has been a great week.This is an exciting news for everyone on this forum. With no prior coding skills you can start to learn and teach coding with this newly released toolkit by…Continue

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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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