• Access and Affordability in Higher Education (Pre-print) 

      Kanwar, Asha; Mishra, Sanjaya (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-06)
      The demand for Higher education continues to rise. A key driver of this demand, according to a recent World Bank working paper, is the steady return on investment. The average rate of return on investment for private and ...
    • Baseline Study on the Current State of Open and Distance Learning in Cameroon 

      Ndongfack, Michael N (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-03)
      Meeting in Mauritius in May 2014, COL Focal Points from Africa and the Mediterranean Regions reviewed the state of ODL in their respective countries and proceeded to map out their strategic plans for 2015–2018. The report ...
    • Baseline Study on the Status of Open and Distance Learning in Rwanda 

      Mukama, Evode (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-07)
      The purpose of the study was to gather current baseline data on the status of open, distance and eLearning (ODeL) in Rwanda. This data is vital to the planning of projects and initiatives that support the use of ODeL in ...
    • Book Review: Higher Education and Open Distance Learning Trajectory in India: Reflections of an Insider 

      Pulist, S K (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-12)
      The volume provides a critique on the functionalities of the ODL system, especially the open universities, with plausible arguments, and touches upon all the crucial aspects of the system broadly. The author takes advantage ...
    • Breaking Higher Education's Iron Triangle: Access, Cost, and Quality 

      Daniel, John; Kanwar, Asha; Uvalić-Trumbić, Stamenka (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009-04)
      Expansion is now the defining trend in the worldwide development of higher education. Some predict that by 2020, 40 percent of the global workforce will be knowledge workers with a need for tertiary qualifications. So the ...
    • Can Technology Solve the Problems of Higher Education? 

      Kanwar, Asha; Mishra, Sanjaya (International Association of Universities (IAU), 2018-05)
      This paper presents a brief case for use of technology in higher education and shares some of the COL experiences that shows its focus on (i) policy, (ii) capacity, and (iii) appropriate technology. Integrating these three ...
    • Challenges and Opportunities for use of Social Media in Higher Education 

      Anderson, Terry (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2019-03)
      Likely the most significant and life changing technologies of the 21st Century is the adoption of social media as major components of commercial, entertainment and educational activities. In this article, I overview the ...
    • COL's Higher Education Initiative 

      Clarke-Okah, Willie (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2010)
      Faced with burgeoning demand for higher education, various African countries are planning to establish open universities and are seeking COL’s help. Although ODL is now deployed by many conventional institutions, the staff ...
    • COMLEARN (vol. 3, no. 2) 

      Commonwealth of Learning (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 1992-11)
      COL newsletter published November 1992.
    • Creating Open Online Courses with Learner Representative Partners to Widen Participation in Higher Education 

      Coughlan, Tim; Goff, Jenny (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2019-07)
      Open online courses could provide stepping stones for audiences that are under-represented in higher education (HE). However, there are concerns that these instead proliferate forms of exclusion and do not address known ...
    • A Critical Look at Policy Environment for Opening up Public Higher Education in Rwanda 

      Nkuyubwatsi, Bernard (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016)
      Policies play a critical role in the implementation of open, distance education and opening up higher education. To encourage participation of different stakeholders in related practices, policies may need to embody values ...
    • Doctoral Study and Research Degrees: Online and Distance Programmes 

      Tait, Alan (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-05)
      This policy brief outlines current online doctoral and research degree programmes, providing an overview of their structures and recommendations to universities and regulatory bodies who are seeking to offer them online. ...
    • Dual-Mode Universities in Higher Education: Way Station or Final Destination? 

      Daniel, John (Routledge, 2012-01)
      With online learning it became much easier for academic staff to produce versions of their campus courses for distance students and to interact with them by e-mail and other web tools. This promise of a direct relationship ...
    • Engineering Education: Online and Distance Programmes 

      Tait, Alan (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-05)
      This policy brief outlines current online engineering programmes and their structures, and provides recommendations to universities and regulatory bodies who are seeking to offer this programme online. // The information ...
    • An Evaluation of the Usefulness and Ease of Use of the Aptus Within the Samoan Education Context 

      Mow, Ioana T C; Temese, Edna; Mose, Mose N; Patu, Tara; Mauai, Elisapeta; Sinclair, Ioana; Lafaele, Fiafaitupe; Namulauulu, Joseph; Tanielu, Misioka; Soon, Agnes W; Chan, Vensal (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2017-11)
      This paper describes the findings of the first trial of the Aptus device within the National University of Samoa. The Aptus is a device that enables wireless access to valuable educational resources in the absence of ...
    • Foreign Providers in the Caribbean: Pillagers or Preceptors? 

      Marshall, Stewart; Brandon, Ed; Thomas, Michael; Kanwar, Asha; Lyngra, Tove (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2008)
      The growing phenomenon of cross-border higher education (CBHE) will not help developing countries unless it is accessible, available, affordable, relevant and of acceptable quality. Foreign Providers in the Caribbean: ...
    • From Innocence to Experience: the Politics and Projects of Cross-border Higher Education 

      Daniel, John; Kanwar, Asha; Uvalić-Trumbić, Stamenka (Springer, 2008)
      Many developing countries are struggling to increase access to higher education (HE) since their Age Participation Rates (APRs) are well below the level that the countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and ...
    • From Policies to Implementation of Open Distance Learning in Rwanda: A Genealogical and Governmentality Analysis 

      Mukama, Evode (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-04)
      The purpose of this paper is to analyse the interplay between policy formulation and implementation in terms of the present historical and cultural practices of open distance learning (ODL) in Rwanda. This paper draws on ...
    • Future Proofing Higher Education in the Pacific with Open and Flexible Learning 

      Naidu, Som; Roberts, Keith J (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2018-12)
      Affordable access to higher education is a major challenge for small Pacific island nations. The University of the South Pacific which is owned and governed by twelve island nations in this region plays a special role in ...
    • Handbook for the Commonwealth of Learning Review and Improvement Model (COL RIM) 

      George, Nancy; Donovan, Caroline; Plimmer, Geoff; Schmidt, Alison; Gatsha, Godson; Clarke-Okah, Willie (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2014-06)
      The COL RIM is for the use of management teams in post-secondary institutions. It specifically targets higher education decision makers at the institutional level. Any post-secondary education and training institution in ...