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The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.

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  • My presentation today will begin with a brief review of the context—which includes demography, the status of tertiary education and technology in Pakistan. I will then look at what we mean by Open and Distance Learning or ODL. Today we are in the fifth decade of ODL—what have been the major developments so far? I will then turn to the crisis of credibility that still haunts ODL in many developing ...
  • COL established a six-country partnership to develop 20 sets of course materials in print and online formats, based on the secondary curricula of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, Trinidad & Tobago and Zambia. The materials have been developed as Open Education Resources (OER), so that without duplicating effort, participating countries can have access to quality materials that they can adopt ...
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free for others to use, revise and share — offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO co-organised the World OER Congress in 2012 in Paris. That Congress resulted in the OER Paris Declaration: a statement that ...
  • This document or “toolkit” serves a few key purposes. First, it seeks to help those involved in the Open Educational Resource (OER) course development process do their work according to a few important underlying principles of good instructional design. Second, if you are a subject matter expert, curriculum developer, instructor, or administrator who has taken on the role of external reviewer, ...
  • Distance education and technologies have opened up infinite possibilities for millions across the Commonwealth. Achieving sustainable development remains an aspirational goal for all of us. How can we meaningfully contribute to our own development and that of our societies in a sustainable manner? How can we make this a more prosperous, more equitable world where the futures of coming generations ...
  • Introductory (17 March 2016) and Closing Remarks (18 March 2016) at the High Level Roundtable for Vice Chancellors, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
  • Video presentation delivered at the International Conference on"Disciplinary Discourses in Use of Technology", University of Hyderabad, March 17, 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
  • Keynote delivered at the 3rd eLearning and Distance Education Conference: Evolution, Challenges & Solutions, 14 March 2016, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Video message delivered for Commonwealth Day 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, 14 March 2016.
  • Video presentation delivered during Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016 by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist - eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning.

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