Three-year Plan, 2009-2012 Learning for Development
Governments face a difficult dilemma in responding to the global economic downturn. On the one hand they must help their people adapt to wrenching change by expanding opportunities for education, training and learning generally. On the other hand they must ensure that state spending on human resource development is as costeffective as possible. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has developed its plan for 2009–2012 to help address this dilemma. COL’s mission is to help governments and institutions expand the scope, scale and quality of learning by using new approaches and technologies, especially those subsumed under the general term of open and distance learning (ODL). ODL is a cost-effective approach to expanding education. Its use has grown rapidly over the 20 years since Commonwealth Heads of Government established COL. Today, thanks to expanding connectivity and new developments in information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as social software and open educational resources, ODL applications continue to accelerate. The interactive Web is a rich environment for learning and a powerful vehicle for expanding awareness about the possible futures of humankind
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