• Acquiring Accreditation in Distance Learning 

      Kilfoil, Wendy R (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2007)
      In the higher education community, distance education (DE) has been perceived as not being as good as contact education or as a last resort. Actually, it is just a different way of delivering education and is often the ...
    • An Anthology of "Best Practices" in Teacher Education 

      Lakshmi, T K S; Rama, K; Hendrikz, Johan (National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India;Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2007-08)
      Quality Assurance in the education sector is one of the major initiatives of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in its Three-Year Plan for 2006-09. To achieve the outcome of enhanced quality at all levels of education, COL ...
    • The Changing Faces of Virtual Education 

      Farrell, Glen M (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2001)
      This study is a report on some of the major developments that are influencing the evolution of virtual education. It examines not only the nature of these developments, but also the implications for the use of virtual ...
    • COL Quality Assurance Workshop Report 

      South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2008)
      This document is a report of the Commonwealth of Learning workshop that was run by the South African Institute for Distance Education ((SAIDE) for Open Schools within Commonwealth countries. The workshop took place at ...
    • Commonwealth of Learning: Governance & Accreditation 

      Kanwar, Asha (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2015-09-10)
      Presented at the 32nd Induction Programme for Commonwealth Diplomats on 10 September 2015 held at Farnham Castle, Surrey, UK by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
    • Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines and Effective Practice from Around Globe 

      Hirtz, Sandy (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);BCcampus, 2008)
      Education for a Digital World contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary ...
    • Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources 

      Butcher, Neil; Hoosen, Sarah (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2012)
      The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement, which began at the turn of the millennium, was motivated by the ideal that knowledge is the common wealth of humankind and should be freely shared. Most institutions that decided ...
    • The Facilitation of the Transfer of Learning Materials Manual 

      Swales, Christine (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 1999)
      This manual provides practical advice to producers and users in selling, transferring, purchasing and acquiring materials. It is designed to facilitate the inter-institutional negotiation processes between producers and ...
    • Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education 

      (Commonwealth of Learning (COL)United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2011)
      Open educational resources (OER) are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared. These Guidelines outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER into higher ...
    • Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of MOOCs 

      (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-07)
      Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have emerged as an educational innovation with the potential to increase access to and improve the quality of education. Different stakeholders in education view MOOCs from different ...
    • Handbook for the Commonwealth of Learning Review and Improvement Model (COL RIM) 

      Commonwealth of Learning (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2010-02)
      The Commonwealth of Learning Review and Improvement Model (COL RIM) was developed by the Commonwealth of Learning in response to two key drivers: * Increased global emphasis on the quality of higher education, and * Rising ...
    • Institutional Collaboration in Distance Education Development and Delivery 

      Sharma, Chandra B; Chaudhary, Sohanvir S (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2003)
      Education institutions worldwide are experiencing funding cuts, even as global demand for training in new skills and for professional upgrading increases. Providing courses and programmes at a distance is one of the proven ...
    • Models for Open and Distance Learning: Globalisation, Education and Distance Education 

      Hawkridge, David (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2003)
      The purpose of this paper, prepared for the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), is to support an informed dialogue on international, regional, national and institutional policy on globalisation and education, by looking ...
    • Open and Distance Learning Quality Assurance in Commonwealth Universities: A Report and Recommendations for QA and Accreditation Agencies and Higher Education Institutions 

      Latchem, Colin (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-02)
      The issue of quality in open and distance learning (ODL) remains a major concern. Inadequate quality assurance (QA) measures, policies and systems render the credibility of ODL provision questionable. The Commonwealth of ...
    • Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Selected Case Studies 

      Tait, Alan (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 1997)
      This publication marks the first collection to emerge from the work of the COL/ICDE quality assurance research group, chaired jointly by Jocelyn Calvert (Deakin University) and Alan Tait (UK Open University). It consists ...
    • Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Symposium Papers 

      Deshpande, Prakash M; Mugridge, Ian (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 1994)
      This collection of essays is part of two approaches to dealing with the issue of quality assurance in distance education. The first approach arises from the agreement on research signed at the sixteenth world congress of ...
    • Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning 

      Kirkpatrick, Denise (commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2005)
      Assuring the quality of education provision is a fundamental aspect of gaining and maintaining credibility for programmes, institutions and national systems of higher education worldwide. Despite a long and generally ...
    • Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning: Trainers' Kit 005 

      Commonwealth of Learning; Asian Development Bank; International Extension College (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);Asian Development Bank, 1999)
      The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are pleased to provide this toolkit for your use and we sincerely hope that it will be a valuable resource for anyone planning and conducting training ...
    • Quality Assurance Toolkit for Open and Distance Non-formal Education 

      Latchem, Colin (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2012)
      Non-formal education takes place both within and outside educational institutions. It caters to all ages and spans adult literacy, basic education, life skills, work skills and health promotion. This new COL publication ...
    • Quality Assurance Toolkit for Open Schools 

      Ferreira, Frances (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2010)
      Open schooling is becoming increasingly prevalent in many developing countries. Enrolment numbers are rising rapidly, particularly at the secondary school level. But quality assurance remains limited. Open schooling must ...