Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)

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Introducing Distance Education

These materials were created in partnership with The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL).
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Course Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Defining Distance Education
  • Chapter 2: Open and Distance Learning in New Environments
  • Chapter 3: Managing the Distance Education System
  • Chapter 4: Open and Distance Learning Study Materials
  • Chapter 5: Supporting the Distance Education Learner
  • Chapter 6: The Communication Issue in Distance Education
  • Chapter 7: Distance Education Systems in Southern Africa
  • Chapter 8: Challenges and the Future of Distance Education
  • Chapter 9: Facing the Challenges: the Malawi Experience

Starting Your Own Business

These materials were created in partnership with The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and Commonwealth of Learning
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This course, which has six units, will provide you with all the essentials you will need to know for you to start your own business. The contents of the Starting Your Own Business course have been written for:

1. anyone who wishes to start their own business;

2. anyone who already owns a small business, but would like to grow it while learning more about the planning process and the business aspects fundamental to sustainable growth, such as marketing, customer care, financial management etc.;

3. any pre-university learner or mature learner who would like to get a formal introduction to entrepreneurship and business planning.

Disaster Management

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Course Contents:

  • About this course manual
  • Course overview
  • Getting around this course manual
  • Unit 1: Overview of Disaster Management
  • Unit 2: Disaster Management Cycle - Phase I: Mitigation
  • Unit 3: Disaster Management Cycle - Phase II: Preparedness
  • Unit 4: Disaster Management Cycle - Phases III and IV: Response and Recovery
  • Unit 5: Education and Public Awareness - Part I: Community-Based Initiatives
  • Unit 6: Education and Public Awareness - Part II
  • Unit 7: Education and Public Awareness - Part III
  • Unit 8: The Role of Technology in Disaster Management
  • Unit 9: Media and Disaster Management
  • Unit 10: Disaster Associated Health Issues - Part I: Emergency Health Services and Communicable Diseases
  • Unit 11: Disaster Associated Health Issues - Part II
  • Unit 12: Physical and Socio-economic Impacts of Disasters
  • Unit 13: Emotional Impacts of Disasters
  • Unit 14: Vulnerable Groups in Disasters

Life Skills Development

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  • Module 1: Intrapersonal Relationship Skills
  • Module 2: Interpersonal Relationships
  • Module 3: Communication
  • Module 4: Money Management
  • Module 5: Employability Skills

Linux for IT Managers

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  • Module 1: Introduction to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Linux
  • Module 2: Linux Installation and Configuration
  • Module 3: The Linux Command Line Structure 1
  • Module 4: Linux File Management
  • Module 5: Linux Post installation Activities
  • Module 6: Devices and Linux File System Management
  • Module 7: Process Management
  • Module 8: Groups and User Management
  • Module 9: Text Manipulation
  • Module 10: The Linux Kernel
  • Module 11: Advanced Bash Scripting
  • Module 12: Software Package Installation
  • Module 13: Linux Windowing Environment
  • Module 14: Linux System Administration
  • Module 15: Linux Networking Services
  • Module 16: Setting up Basic Networking Services: DNS, DHCP and LDAP
  • Module 17: Setting up the Internet Gateway and Web Services
  • Module 18: Email Gateway
  • Module 19: Linux Network Security

Successful Project Management

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  • Chapter 1: The Evolution of Project Management
  • Chapter 2: What is a Project
  • Chapter 3: Interaction for Successful Project Management
  • Chapter 4: How to Plan the Project
  • Chapter 5: Structuring and Scheduling the Project
  • Chapter 6: The Project Team
  • Chapter 7: Project Baseline and Aspects of Management
  • Chapter 8: Project Control and Evaluation
  • Chapter 9: Managing Project team meetings
  • Chapter 10: Case Studies

Tour Guiding

These materials were created in partnership with The Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and Commonwealth of Learning
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This certificate course is intended for people who are already tour guides or who are aspiring to become tour guides.

  • About this course
  • Introduction to this course
  • Course structure
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  • Unit 1: Introduction to Tourism
  • Unit 2: The Tourism system
  • Unit 3: Developing Effective Communication Skills for Tour Guides
  • Unit 4: Customer Care
  • Unit 5: Tour Guiding
  • Unit 6: Health, Safety and Security Procedures
  • Unit 7: Legal and Ethical Issues in Tour Guiding

Training Educators to Design and Develop ODL Materials

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  • About this Facilitator's Guide
  • Workshop overview
  • Getting around this Facilitator's Guide
  • Before the workshop
  • Module 1: Principles of Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
  • Module 2: Instructional Design Models
  • Module 3: Needs Analysis
  • Module 4: Developing a Learner Profile
  • Module 5: Methods of Delivery (including learner support)
  • Module 6: Developing Content for Open and Distance Learning
  • Module 7: Assessment in ODL
  • Module 8: Developing a Student Guide
  • Module 9: Relevant Technologies
  • Module 10: Course Evaluation
  • Module 11: Other Key Issues Associated with ODL Material Development