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Christine

You have touched on a few interesting points. We need new methods of reaching more people and it will take more than one world project to accomplish this. There should be space in this “market” for many providers from free, informal, non-formal and every kind of formal education imaginable - from government to non-profit and for-profit. Lifelong learning is all very nice for all of us wanting to learn something, but a lot of people I meet want to get a qualification from an institution and they want that qualification to mean something when they apply for a job in another country.

The Virtual University for the Small and Island States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC - (External Link) ) is a network of Ministries of Education of the small states to help build capacity of national institutions to introduce new courses and add capacity to institutions. It should also help to provide for the transfer of courses, qualifications and learners between countries. Therein lies another of your points - the qualifications framework. Many countries have or are working on a National Qualifications Framework which is normally run by a National Qualifications Authority. With the VUSSC initiative, we hope to support the further development of national qualification frameworks (especially in countries where these are not as advanced) and to improve the transfer of qualifications between countries. The aim of the “Transnational Qualifications Framework” is to provide a translation point between national qualifications frameworks. This could help to reduce the need for bilateral agreements, thereby potentially speeding the process.

I injected the concept of an open version of qualifications standards to the expert team working on the concept and also with few ministry officials involved in these authorities. This open concept as an alternative to national standards did not seem to be a credible alternative. Not knowing who set the standard and having a standard that could change at any time seemed to be a damper. You can understand that national qualification authorities help to root out fly-by-night and vapourware institutions. Expecting a national government to suddenly accept a standard that anyone can change at any time without control mechanisms that they control, seems a little out of range - for now. I do think we will be able to create an open equivalent system that can operate in parallel. If it proves itself, it may then receive better consideration.

One thing I’m pretty sure of is that any major, world-wide system will need to encompass a diverse range of needs of very diverse partners. Insisting on sets of rules and setting strict requirements for governments and institutions to follow, is likely to stunt the sharing of OERs. We need to find ways to accept the differences in circumstances and needs of countries, institutions and individuals; trying to limit the ways or circumstances under which people share OERs may be seen as a power play (“play in my sandpit or I won’t play with you”) and treated with suspicion.

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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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