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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.

Oasis is COL's online institutional repository of all publications. It is an Open Access repository. Any publication found here can be freely downloaded for reuse and adaptation. Creative Commons (Version 4, Intergovernmental) BY-SA is the default license used. Please attribute COL as the publisher. Some publications classified as “Governance” are licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND.

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  • The University of the South Pacific (USP) requested the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to lead an international panel to review the efficiency and effectiveness of its flexible learning (FL) education programmes. The panel was invited to review the overall strategic direction and operational effectiveness of FL at USP, the FL programmes and courses, the structures that support FL and the development ...
  • The Educational App Development Toolkit for Teachers and Learners is designed to introduce the basic and some intermediate concepts of Android app development on the App Inventor (AI2) platform. It provides hands-on activities and tutorials to use the Designer and Blocks Editor components of App Inventor to create apps that can be readily downloaded and used on any Android smartphone or tablet. ...
  • Presented at the 14th International Conference on Information (ICI-14), Delta University of Science & Technology (DUST) in Gamasa, Egypt on 7 November 2015 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO (co-written with Dr K. Balasubramanian, Vice President).
  • This report presents an overview of the developments related to technology-enabled learning in the nine Commonwealth countries of the Pacific as in June 2015. The author provides in-depth analyses of specific country covering ICT in education policies, specific projects, and integration of technology in different levels of education. It presents a summary view of the status of Commonwealth countries ...
  • Presented at CHOGM 2015 - Group 5, Parallel Workshop, Women’s Forum in Malta by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, co-written with Ms. Alexis Carr, Project Assistant. This presentation is based on the studies carried out by COL among the poor farming communities in Uganda and Kenya under its Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) programme.
  • The relationship between education and empowerment has been widely debated in development literature. In recent times, social capital and community-centric learning have been increasingly recognized as important variables in the empowerment process. This paper outlines the development of a ‘Three-dimensional Empowerment Framework’, and looks at the relationship between a community-centric learning ...
  • This booklet highlights how COL adds value, not just to the Commonwealth, but also to the wider global community.
  • 10 minute video presentation delivered to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Committee of the Whole (COW) on 20 October 2015 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
  • The President's Quarterly Progress Report for July - September 2015 as presented to the Board of Governors.
  • This guide aims to clarify the virtual university concept for policy-makers and provides a conceptual framework to establish virtual university. Information was gathered from a review of literature and an examination of online university websites in a variety of countries, but with a particular preference for those in the Commonwealth. Each institution has its own legacy of policies that pre-date ...

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