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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.

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  • This morning, however, I am going to put on my COL hat, take you into the wider world overseas and tell you how an organisation based in Canada and supported by Canada is bringing together the concepts of learning, work and development in new ways.
  • What I propose to do is to start with the vision of the university of the 21st century and then ask what technology can contribute to the attainment of that vision. Your seminar title talks about 'Higher Educations' in the plural, which is wise given the growing diversity of provision that we are likely to see.
  • Learning is not only the key to individual freedom, it also brings empowerment. Once people are empowered, they can make both choices and decisions, which increases their ability to act and to influence their lives and environ¬ment. Learning for sustainable development, as defined by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), is a process that aims to bring about empowerment through learning in both formal ...
  • The role of standard setter has come to the fore since that first meeting as UNESCO and the OECD have jointly developed Guidelines on Quality Assurance in Cross-Border Higher Education. This work has also showed UNESCO at its most effective, working collaboratively to create a global public good of real significance. COL was proud to play a role at the margins.
  • We shall begin by looking at the current situation of Crossborder Higher Education (CBHE) in the Commonwealth and ask whether crossborder HE providers are latter-day pirates or contribute significantly to the educational needs of developing countries We will then examine quality assurance through the lens of COL's work. // Later on we shall introduce an exciting new concept, that we call ...
  • Our task is to bring an international perspective to our discussions. We shall do this in two ways; first by examining some of the major global trends in higher education and ask how they might apply to India, and then by sharing some experiences of leading and managing institutions. You may think that context in which the vice-chancellor of a public university in Asia must operate today is unique, ...
  • I shall begin with the need to expand higher education. This is well-trodden ground so I shall be brief. After that I shall look at two trends that are contributing to the expansion of higher education and open learning around the world, first the growth of private providers operating for profit, and second the steady increase in cross-border education, that is to say the supply of distance learning ...
  • The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Governments 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. // The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of more than 50 independent sovereign ...
  • It is an honour to speak to such a distinguished audience. I have prepared this presentation jointly with my President Sir John Daniel, and I bring to you his greetings. // Our title today is Open and Distance Learning in the 21st Century. Even though distance education has been in existence for over 150 years, yet it is only in the last forty years that its growth has been so phenomenal. Today open ...

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