Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saskatchewan eLearning Course Developer in Namibia

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – Credenda Virtual High School and College's Nancy Carswell has relocated her office from Saskatchewan to Namibia. Carswell is an eLearning Course Developer who is collaborating with the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) to help them put their early childhood courses online.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), the Government of Namibia, the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan, and Credenda Virtual High School and College have signed a partnership agreement to support early childhood development in Namibia. In particular, they have agreed to share knowledge, models, tools, experiences, lessons learned, innovation and best practices with one another through IPAC’s $5.821 million Democratic Governance Program funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

"Education is key to securing the future of children and youth," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. "Providing educators with training in early childhood development will help ensure that children in Namibia receive the best possible education at an early age in order to improve their opportunities in the future."

Carswell explained her role, "While Credenda teachers and instructors deliver in real time in the Elluminate virtual classroom, the course content in the learning management system is available 24/7 to students and teachers. It acts as a backbone for the teachers to adapt to meet student learning needs and it is a valuable student resource. I have eight years of experience with Credenda taking course curriculum and developing it in the Credenda learning template. When in Namibia, I will be using our learning template as a model, helping them develop a learning template to meet their needs, and providing training in content creation. Once they have content, I will help them put it into a learning management system."

Credenda Director Vince Hill has been to Namibia twice. "I have loved every visit I've made to Namibia. The people are great, the country is beautiful. I had hoped to be going on this trip, but am very grateful that Nancy volunteered to go and serve the wonderful folks of NAMCOL. She will have a great experience. We feel honoured to be able to work in collaboration with NAMCOL and bring Early Learning and Child Care program development to Namibia that will aid in child development across the country."

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