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PublicationCan Technology Lead to System-Wide Change? The Case of Guyana( 2013-02-26) Kanwar, Asha ; Bullen, MarkWorld Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+10 Review Meeting, UNESCO, France, 26 February 2013, Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar and co-written with Dr. Mark Bullen, Commonwealth of Learning // My topic today is ‘Can technology lead to system-wide change? The case of Guyana’ // I am grateful to the organisers UNESCO and Microsoft for the invitation. It speaks of the ongoing partnership that the Commonwealth of Learning has with UNESCO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Microsoft and the Ministry of Education and institutions in Guyana. Collaboration with partners who share the same vision and objectives, are willing to pool their resources and bring their strengths to the partnership is bound to result in a win-win situation for each partner as well as a positive outcome for all stakeholders concerned. // Affordable technologies such as the low cost laptops and tablets as well as mobile devices are being increasingly deployed across schools in the developing world. Can this lead to system-wide change? Our educational systems were developed in the nineteenth century to serve the requirements of the industrial age. They were modeled after industry and meant to prepare people for the industrial economy. Will such systems serve the needs of the knowledge and service economies of the 21st century?
PublicationThe Commonwealth of Learning( 2013-04-11) Kanwar, Asha ; Naidoo, Vis ; Ferreira, Frances ; Umar, Abdurrahman ; Kaushik, Madhulika ; Lesperance, John ; Mead Richardson, Alison ; Balasubramanian, K ; Pringle, Ian ; Bullen, Mark ; Balaji, Venkataraman ; McEachern, DorisThe Commonwealth of Learning’s presentation to the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada, 11 April 2013, Vancouver, Canada // It gives me great pleasure to formally welcome, for the first time at COL, a Minister of International Cooperation. It is perhaps appropriate that the visit is happening this year, when COL celebrates its 25th anniversary. Thank you, Minister for your time and for your interest in our work.
PublicationContent, Technology and Pedagogy: Using Open and Flexible Distance Learning to Improve Teacher Competence in ICT and eLearning( 2013-02-21) Bullen, MarkSNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India, India-Canada International Conference on Open and Flexible Distance Learning, 20 - 22 February 2013, by Dr. Mark Bullen, Education Specialist - eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning
PublicationDigital Learners and the Implications for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning( 2013-02-21) Bullen, MarkSNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India, India-Canada International Conference on Open and Flexible Distance Learning, 20 - 22 February 2013 by Dr. Mark Bullen, Education Specialist - eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning
PublicationInnovation, Research and Practice: the State of (eLearning) Reasearch in Higher Education( 2013-08-28) Bullen, MarkPresented at the International Conference on Educational Research, 28 August 2013, Organized by the Educational Research Network of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico by Dr. Mark Bullen, Commonwealth of Learning // I have bracketed eLearning in the title of my presentation because while I am going to be talking about research in that specific field – eLearning and educational technology, I think many of my comments will be applicable to other areas of educational research. // What I’m going to do in my presentation is take quite a critical look at the current state of eLearning research. While I will be quite critical, I plan to end on a positive note with some concrete suggestions for the way forward and some examples of the kind of research and publication endeavours we should be looking towards as the future. // As I mentioned, I spent seven years editing the Journal of Distance Education which was one of the first distance education journals. It began publication in 1986 and has since broadened its focus to include online learning and e-learning and, of course, there are now many other journals that have this focus. // I also serve on the editorial boards of several other international journals that have educational technology focus so I have had an excellent opportunity to see a lot of new research that is submitted for publication and my perspective on the state of e-Learning research is based largely on this experience, as well as my own reading of the research. // I have divided it up in three parts: first I’ll take a look at the current state of research, then I’ll talk about the way forward and I will conclude with some examples of what I consider good work in this field.