• 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 ...
    • Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice 

      Glennie, Jenny; Harley, Ken; Butcher, Neil; van Wyk, Trudi (Commonwealth of Learning (COL)United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Section for Higher Education (UNESCO), 2012)
      In the last decade in particular, the promotion, sharing and use of open educational resources (OER) have been growing exponentially. However, as with any new phenomenon or paradigm, our knowledge of OER’s ramifications ...
    • Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective 

      Dhanarajan, Gajaraj; Porter, David (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);OER Asia, 2013)
      This book, the result of an OER Asia research project hosted and implemented by the Wawasan Open University in Malaysia, with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, brings together ten country ...
    • Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice 

      McGreal, Rory; Kinuthia, Wanjira; Marshall, Stewart; McNamara, Tim (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);Athabasca University, 2013)
      This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s ...
    • Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation 

      Miao, Fengchun; Mishra, Sanjaya; McGreal, Rory (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2016-04)
      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 ...
    • Open Schooling in the 21st Century 

      Abrioux, Dominique A M X; Ferreira, Frances (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009)
      The expansion of secondary education is now the world’s most pressing educational challenge. This carefully prepared and thoroughly researched book should inspire policy-makers and educational planners to explore how open ...
    • Open Schooling with Open Educational Resources: Opening Doors, Creating Opportunities 

      Ferreira, Frances; Gauthier, Cindy (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2013)
      Over the past decade, open educational resources (OER) have gained considerable traction as a means to overcome many serious educational barriers worldwide. The OER movement began in the technology sector, where open source ...
    • Open Schooling: Selected Experiences 

      Mukhopadhyay, Marmar; Phillips, Susan (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 1994)
      The first open school programme is believed to have begun in 1914 as correspondence lessons prepared at the request of a parent in Beech Forest in the Otway Mountains in Australia. By 1916, a special correspondence branch ...
    • The Open Schools Handbook A Resource Guide for Managers 

      Du Vivier, Ed (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2009)
      This book is one in a developing series of handbooks for practitioners in open and distance learning (ODL). The series covers the key roles and functions of ODL systems from the practitioner perspective. The purpose is to ...
    • An Overview of Open and Distance Learning: Trainers' Kit 001 

      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 ...
    • Planning and Implementing Open and Distance Learning Systems: A Handbook for Decision Makers 

      Freeman, Richard (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      This handbook has been written for heads of educational institutions, their senior staff and senior staff of ministries of education who are interested in initiating or extending ODL provision. // The handbook seeks to ...
    • Planning and Management of Open and Distance Learning: Trainers' Kit 003 

      Commonwealth of Learning; Asian Development Bank; International Extension College (Commonwealth of Learning (COL);Asian Development Bank, 1999)
      1 . Background (excerpt) 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 ...
    • A Policy Brief on MOOCs 

      Porter, David; Beale, Russell (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2015-05)
      A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course that normally requires no prior qualifications for entry, can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection, and includes large or very large numbers of ...
    • Policy for Open and Distance Learning 

      Perraton, Hilary; Lentell, Helen (Commonwealth of Learning and Routledge, 2003)
      What policy issues need to be addressed when planning and implementing open and distance learning? Policy for Open and Distance Learning considers the questions that planners and policy makers in open and distance learning ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Costs and Economics of Open and Distance Learning (B3 Handbook) 

      Perraton, Hilary (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      Why cost ODL? Because there are sensible questions, that affect policy and affect people’s lives, about educational costs, which the researcher and manager often needs to answer.
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Doing Educational Research and Evaluation in ODL (A1 Module) 

      Alan, Woodley (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      In this module you will be introduced to an overview of educational research and evaluation in open and distance learning (ODL). We shall start by looking at the idea of ‘practitioner research’, since that is the type of ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Getting and Analysing Qualitative Data (A4 Module) 

      Walker, Rob (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      In this module I take the view that research methodology is primarily concerned with questions of judgement in the use and application of skills in relation to opportunities. In practice there are almost always several ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Getting and Analysing Quantitative Data (A3 Module) 

      Woodley, Alan (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      Module overview - You have seen in the earlier modules that there are two broad approaches to collecting research data: qualitative methods and quantitative methods.This module looks at the latter type.Through studying the ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Measuring Outcomes (B2 Handbook) 

      Potter, Charles (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      The aims of this handbook are to review methods by which you can establish: - Whether programmes achieve their objectives. - The importance of outcomes in programmes. - Through contact with different stakeholders in ...
    • PREST in Open and Distance Learning: Mixed Research Methods (A5 Module) 

      Spratt, Christine; Walker, Rob; Robinson, Bernadette (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2004)
      You will be familiar with the ideas of quantitative and qualitative studies (see Modules A3 and A4). Indeed, you may have a strong preference for one of these approaches. In this unit we are going to look at mixed-method ...