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CKLN Goals & Achievements

As an Agency of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, shares the goal of  CARICOM - a viable and internationally competitive and sustainable Community. 
 

CKLN's strategic objective is to enhance global competitiveness of the Caribbean by upgrading and diversifying the skills and knowledge of human resources in the region through greater regional collaboration and connectivity.
 
CKLN also coordinates and manages the development of C@ribNET, the regional Research and Education Network that will connect CARICOM institutions for greater collaboration and functional cooperation.
 
 

 
 
 

 CKLN ACHIEVEMENTS

 July 2104 - See pdf

 November 2013:
RESULT 1: Business Plan Developed and Implemented
Work is on-going on a business plan for C@ribNET and countries are being assisted with business plans for national research and education networks (NRENs).
A model ODL policy for institutions has been completed this year.
The Agreement establishing the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network Agency (CKLNA) has been signed by Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica and Barbados.
The Agreement has been ratified by Dominica, The Bahamas, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.

 Measure

Result data for end of November 2013
  • Stakeholder approve Business Plan
Business Plan and Sustainability strategy developed.
  • Adoption of Open & Distance Learning (ODL) policy by at least 5 institutions by 2013
ODL leaders in more than 5 institutions are being coached to implement  the institutional ODL policy.
  •  Regional organization responsible for coordination, ratified by at least  (7) countries by 2013
Ratified by 7 Countries
  • At least 12 leaders of NRENs trained in NREN management by 2013
Twelve (12) trained
  • At least 10 TEIs connected to common regional ICT backbone by 2013.
 19 connected to date
  • At least 1 person in a minimum of 5 institutions trained in the use of Open Educational resources (OERs).
 
Achieved
  • Support the establishment of at least 1 regional data warehouse by 2013.

 Not yet  achieved
RESULT 2: Network Equipment Provided  
At the end of the reporting period the high capacity fibre optic network C@ribNET was established with backbone nodes in each of Miami, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and intercontinental links to GEANT, Internet 2 and Panama (RedCLARA).
Access nodes have been installed in Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Miami, Bahamas and Suriname
Beyond these countries access nodes have been delivered to Guyana and Haiti and Suriname and installation is pending. Since the last reporting period progress has been made with Suriname and installation of the equipment is Complete.          

 Measure

Result data for end of November 2013
  • Network physically established
Achieved with intercontinental links to GEANT, Internet 2 and Red CLARA.
  • Equipment installed in Member State

Equipment installed in 15  countries. Delivery  completed in another 2 countries and installation pending.
RESULT 3: Network Link Provided
The member states that have been linked to the network are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas , Suriname, BVI, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

 Measure

Result data for end of November2013
  • Member states linked through network
Achieved in 15 countries
  •  Network operating and using fibre optic links

 Achieved

 

RESULT 4: Operations and Engineering Services Provided   
A contract for network engineering service has been awarded to the Brazilian NREN  RNP .
The continued administration, control and monitoring of the network has been outsourced to the Mexican NREN  CUDI under contractual arrangement. Monthly reports on performance of the network are being submitted.

 Measure

Result data for end of November 2013
  •    Network serviced on on-going basis
  Achieved
  •   Continual administration, control and monitoring provided
   Achieved
  •   Design specifications, routing, peering

  Achieved

 

 

 

 
RESULT 5:  National Research and Education Network (NREN) Development
The programme treats an NREN as a high performance communication network operated by a consortium of members or other organizational models. 
Only one (1) NREN existed at the start of the C@ribNET initiative.  For the reporting period NREN development activities were undertaken in Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, OECS, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad.  Bahamas, Barbados, OECS, Jamaica and Trinidad have all agreed  to establish NRENs and have formally  advised CKLN of their lead persons/ heads of NRENs.

 Measure

Result data for end of November 2013
  •  Blue prints developed for NREN
8 Countries

 
 
  • Business plans developed for NRENs
Work is in progress  for Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname, 
  • Number of countries benefitting from NREN capacity development activities to date.
 15
  • Number of countries benefitting from NREN development activities during the reporting period

15
 
 
Project Components
  1. Institutional Strengthening - Building capacity in the Tertiary Education Institutions in the Region, necessary for the successful adoption of new approaches to learning and the sustainable and strategic management of the host institutions
  2. Connecting the Caribbean - Harness state-of-the-art  communications technologies to provide a virtual learning network between tertiary education institutions in the Caribbean 
  3. Enabling Regional Mechanisms - Facilitate the success of the Tertiary Institutions, particularly as these relate to training, accreditation, quality assurance, standards, financial transactions, learning management and technical support


 

 



 
     Institutional Strengthening
  1. Development of strategic Institutional Plans for integrating ICT into the teaching and learning process for the development and delivery of online and distance tertiary education courses and programmes that are aligned with the Caribbean economic development sectors
  2. Assist Ministries of Education in developing policies to guide the development of online and distance education programmes
  3. Provide training to faculty staff in the development and delivery of online courses and programmes
  4. Provide computer servers and network equipment for hosting a development environment for online courses
   

     Connecting the Caribbean

        An advanced high capacity fibre optic network (C@ribNET) connecting all CARICOM member states to support:
        Functional Cooperation in the areas of:
  1. Distributed and online learning (E-Learning)
  2. Collaboration between Public Officials
  3. E-Government
  4. Telemedicine (E-Health)
  5. Disaster management and collaboration
  6. Crime and security
  7. Culture
  8. Many Others

        Participation of our colleges and universities in  collaborating and partnering with colleges, universities and                          research institutions in the USA, European Union, EU, Asia and other global education and research networks.

        - Commercial Internet for Schools and other educational Institutions
        - Facilitate inclusion of the Diaspora in the Caribbean  development agenda
        - The Catalyst for development of NERNS and National Backbone
        - Bridge the Digital Divide in the Region to achieve Social Cohesion of Caribbean people
 
   
      Enabling Regional Mechanisms
  1. Provide an environment  within which Tertiary Institutions in the Caribbean can collaborate in the development of online courses and programmes
  2. Assist in the development of Regional capacity/mechanism to provide Quality Assurance and Accreditation services for all Tertiary Institutions
  3. Provision of shared services to tertiary institutions in the areas of:
             - Student Registration and administration System
             - Learning Management and Content Development systems
             - Regional Tertiary Education Portal for Caribbean Citizens to access Online educational resources no matter                       where they live