VUSSC Outcomes and Impacts
VUSSC has achieved outcomes at the individual, institutional and national levels.
Outcomes at the individual level have included: Bootcamp participants have enhanced global perspectives and increased IT and collaborative leadership skills, and networking, enhanced marketability of participants in VUSSC in-country follow-up workshops, National Teacher of the Year Award given to a VUSSC Bootcamp Team Leader (The Bahamas), and Bootcamp participants have gone on to graduate degrees as a result of increased confidence and motivation through VUSSC experience.
Outcomes at the institutional level have included: integration of VUSSC materials into guidance counseling and allied health work, into high school fisheries curriculum, into disaster management courses, into teacher training courses, into a Business Management certificate, into courses for regional governments, into National Open Schools curriculum, into rural training centres, and gaining institutional experience in operationalizing an eLearning strategy (“institutional lessons”), development of a roadmap from a certificate to a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, movement of an institution toward a more blended delivery approach, transformation of application and registration system (now online), and primary teachers have developed websites for their classes through VUSSC follow-up workshops.
Outcomes at the national level have included: increased networking and collaboration among national stakeholders, the development of an in-country reservoir of resource personnel in needed skill areas, and increased government commitment to ODL.
Achieved and anticipated impacts have included: increased networking and collaboration on a global scale, acceptance of ODL at the post-secondary level, national movement toward technology-assisted education, and cost-reduction at the national level from sending less students overseas due to increased access through VUSSC.
VUSSC has achieved an impressive array of activities (meetings and Bootcamps), outputs (in- country follow-up workshops, course materials, information sessions), outcomes (integration of course materials into curricula, networking, new linkages, new perspectives, a cadre of skilled personnel) and impacts (increased sector and national commitment to ODL, and a new global community of practice).
VUSSC has also been conducted with a high degree of professionalism. COL staff should be commended on a job extremely well done, both in terms of the overall vision for VUSSC and also with respect to the execution of that vision and the collaborative manner in which it has been achieved.
VUSSC has been a great working relationship. Very professional, very enjoyable, and very
VUSSC M&E Update, September 2008, prepared by C. Dunlop, SFU