Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate
Coinciding with Software Freedom Day 2006 (16 September), Sir John Daniel, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), announced plans to institute the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate (CCNC). This COL initiative will widen access to ICT skills training using free software and will be distributed as free content for anyone to use, modify and distribute.
Inspired by the nautical history of the small island states that constitute half the Commonwealth's membership, the Navigator's certificate will equip many prospective learners on their voyage to become full participants in our knowledge society. It will be closely associated with the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth ( www.col.org/vussc), whose creation COL is facilitating on behalf of 24 small states. "Free content is a new miracle in education" said Sir John. "We must dispel the myth that developing societies can't participate equally in virtual methods of educational design and delivery. We can do this by creating more opportunities to acquire the prerequisite ICT skills, thereby throwing a wide bridge across the digital divide".
This page is for all information relating to the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate (CCNC) project. This is a useful page for project developers and stakeholders, as it provides links to project milestones, templates, tools and guidelines.
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We've learned from experience that the notion of "Build it and they will come" simply does not work. COL's approach is to start with a blank slate thus ensuring the freedom of the community to participate in the planning and development of this project. We have adopted the open source philosophy of releasing both early and frequently.
The project plan has evolved and been refined over the past few months. This is a community project and we need your help to ensure its success. This is an open invitation to anyone who has an interest in this project - you can edit this page right now!
A module coordinator has been assigned to lead development of each module:
This is a global development involving Africa, Asia, the Carribean, North America and the Pacific.
Additional Development guidelines and tools
These guidelines and tools are specified outcomes of the CCNC Review meeting, held in Vancouver, 27 - 29 June 2007.
The ICDL is vendor independent, however the CCNC will base its examples on the following software:
This is packaged as "standard" with the Ubuntu desktop release. CCNC developers are requested to download and install Ubuntu 8.10, which contains all the software listed above.
Design requirement - where possible to design learning materials in a way that facilitates easy upgrading for new software releases.
Sites to visit during the planning phase: