One hundred young participants from four regions of the Commonwealth will participate in a 10-week live pilot of the Embracing Commonwealth Values (CV) e-learning course on 1 May 2012. This online course will transform the paper-based Diploma for Youth Development into an engaging and fun virtual learning experience that can happen any time and anywhere.
The course is the result of a collaboration between the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), based in Vancouver, Canada.
COL was asked to develop a stand-alone short course to foster deeper understanding of the Commonwealth values that underpin the actions and activities of the Commonwealth. Using effective and web-friendly technologies, the COL team created an interactive learning experience for young people to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that strengthen Commonwealth values in individuals, families, communities and nations.
The online course is available at www.colelearning.net/cyp. COL has also set up an online e-portfolio site for all participants to post their thoughts on issues like human rights, equality, empowerment, equity, democracy, development, diversity, dialogue and co-operation and peace. At the end of the course, each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion, be able to join the CYP’s Human Rights and Democracy Youth network and will have the opportunity to participate in other CYP human rights training programmes if interested.
The pilot will be externally evaluated and the results will inform developers of the adjustments needed to shape the course materials and delivery design for subsequent roll-out of CV e-learning at scale.
Layne Robinson from the CYP said: “We are really excited about this new e-learning course. It is an innovative and an extremely cost-effective way to conduct training.
“CYP has had a long history in training young people and youth work practitioners, but this new product will offer greater access and flexibility to our stakeholders. CYP intends to offer many other innovative and interesting short courses online that will be relevant to young people and youth practitioners across the Commonwealth.”