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- ItemOpen AccessStrategic Outlook 1995 - 1998(1994-11) Commonwealth of LearningStrategic Outlook, 1995 - 1998 // (Presented at the 12th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Islamabad, Pakistan in November, 1994) // When the Commonwealth Heads of Government created The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, they pioneered a new kind of international instrument, a bold and imaginative initiative designed to advance the cause of distance learning internationally and to exploit the power of modern information technology as a means of accessing opportunities for quality education and training. The accomplishments of this fledging multilateral organisation to date have received widespread commendation. This Strategic Outlook sets COL's course for the future by providing an overview of the organisation's primary operational objectives and priorities for the period 1995 to 1998, in the context of its mandate, the needs of its client community and anticipated resources. The Outlook is a statement of the future strategic orientation of COL and serves as background to support the overall planning process for the organisation and for more general discussion purposes. // By sketching the What (Mandate-Mission-Objectives), the How (Key Functions-Operational Modalities) and the Where (Clients-Regions-Partners) of COL, the document provides a framework for the overall Strategic Plan of the organisation, from which the Work Plan and detailed budgetary/financial projections are to be developed. Further, although the Outlook identifies threshold levels for the operation of the organisation and for a broad linkage of resources with its stated priorities, detailed budgetary information will be produced elsewhere in the form of a three-year rolling budget, articulated as part of the detailed COL work plan (to be reviewed and approved at the meeting of the Executive Committee of COL's Board of Governors in May 1995).
- ItemOpen AccessThe Commonwealth of Learning: Summary Report 1994-1996(1996) Commonwealth of LearningFounded in 1987, The Commonwealth of Learning was inspired by the vision that the peoples of the Commonwealth must and can have access to knowledge, regardless of where they live and whether they are rich or poor. Member Governments have given COL a mandate to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/ distance education materials, expertise, technologies, and other resources. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the Commonwealth, COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training.
- ItemOpen AccessCommonwealth of Learning three year plan 1997 - 2000(1997)Commonwealth of Learning three year plan 1997 - 2000
- ItemOpen AccessReport to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Edinburgh, UK(1997) Commonwealth of LearningSeveral significant developments have marked the past three years in the life of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) even though it is a relatively young organisation. They include the appointment of a new President, the introduction of a new structure for its Board of Governors and organisation and the move to less costly and smaller premises. They reflect signs of its growing maturity and its ability to maintain the momentum of its activities in the face of the financial uncertainty that continues to cloud its life.
- ItemOpen AccessThe Commonwealth of Learning: Summary Report 1996-1998(1999) Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
- ItemOpen AccessReport to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Durban, South Africa(1999) Commonwealth of LearningThis report seeks to capture the significance of COL on the eve of the new millennium. We see COL as an apt and agile agent of the Commonwealth. Not only is its focus on the determining characteristics of the day knowledge and technology but its attributes as an organisation epitomise those of bodies designed for the information and technological age. Modern, innovative organisations reserve for themselves the roles of strategists and designers, drawing on the vast productive and distributive capacities existing elsewhere to achieve their goals in the most effective, efficient and economical manner possible. COL possesses the talent and the knowledge, both of the challenges confronting the Commonwealth and the capacities available to meet them, to function in just such a fashion. Moreover, through such a modus operandi COL builds precisely the kinds of alliances and allegiances that help ensure its continued responsiveness to changing Commonwealth needs.
- ItemOpen AccessExpanding Learning Horizons: Summary Report 1998-2000(2000) Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning promotes, supports, advances and enriches the practice of distance and open learning Commonwealth-wide. It continues to achieve this through advocacy, advisories, training, providing information, strengthening institutions, model building, consultation, conferences, professional development, policy support, partnership brokering and networking.
- ItemOpen AccessCommonwealth of Learning three year plan 2000 - 2003(2000)Commonwealth of Learning three year plan 2000 - 2003
- ItemOpen AccessPresentation note to Commonwealth Education Ministers 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (14CCEM)(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningIn preparation for the 14th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, The Commonwealth of Learning is pleased to present Ministers with two documents (attached). // In the first document, Expanding Learning Horizons: COL's Summary Report 1998 - 2000 , COL is delighted to be able to report on several recent programme accomplishments from its Three-year Plan 1997 - 2000, in the areas of staff development, training, policy formulation, collaborative materials development, technology applications, knowledge sharing and research. // The second document, COL's Three-year Plan 2000 - 2003 , is based on the ideas that COL presented to Commonwealth Heads of Government, at their biennial summit (CHOGM, Durban, November 1999), on how it can best serve the Commonwealth in the future. It reviewed the basis for a new and modestly ambitious plan for the next three years (2000 - 2003) which shifts the agency's focus somewhat and in so doing positions it to exploit the assets of the knowledge era to add value to the Commonwealth's aspirations to develop its human capital. Funding requirements were also outlined. This vision was endorsed by CHOGM's Committee of the Whole, which noted that COL is an "ideal instrument" to meet their needs.
- ItemOpen Access14CCEM - COL's submission to the Commonwealth's High Level Review Group(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningA group of 10 Heads of Government are reviewing the Commonwealth with a view to making it stronger and more relevant to current needs. The group, known as the High Level Review Group (HLRG), was formed during the 1999 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in South Africa to come up with ways of enabling the Commonwealth to address existing and new challenges. // The group will report to the October 2001 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane, Australia. // HLRG requested a submission from The Commonwealth of Learning, which was prepared with contributions from several eminent persons. The submission which follows was endorsed by COL's Board of Governors and Commonwealth Ministers of Education when they met in Halifax in November 2000.
- ItemOpen Access14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (14CCEM), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 26–30 November 2000 - Communiqué(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningThe following summary of the content and outcomes of the conference is provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of Ministers of Education.
- ItemOpen Access14CCEM - Education for our Common Future - The Halifax Statement on Education in the Commonwealth(2000-11) Commonwealth of LearningWe, Commonwealth Ministers of Education, at our 14th Triennial Conference in Halifax, Canada, having reflected on education co-operation in the Commonwealth over the past many decades, and the challenges we face at the beginning of a new century, and based on our shared ideals and guiding principles as set out in the Commonwealth Harare Declaration of 1991, agreed on the following:
- ItemOpen AccessThree-year Plan, 2003-2006 Building Capacity in Open and Distance Learning(2003) Commonwealth of LearningPlanning a response to the expressed needs of 54 Commonwealth governments for assistance in open and distance learning is a daunting task. We recognise our responsibilities and the magnitude of the task, and have accordingly developed strategies that allow us to leverage our strengths with those of the Commonwealth to deliver the services expected of us.
- ItemOpen AccessA World of Knowledge: Commonwealth of Learning(2003) Commonwealth of LearningIn the three years covered by this Summary Report (1 July 2000 to 30 June 2003), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), along with its partners in the international development community, has been a part of unprecedented change and radical reconfiguring of the world as we once knew it. The interdependent nature of this global community, of which the Commonwealth – and the Commonwealth of Learning – is part, is now stronger than ever.
- ItemOpen Access15th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (15CCEM), Edinburgh, Scotland (27 - 30 October 2003)(2003-10) Perinbam, LewisNotes for Remarks to Commonwealth Education Ministers, 15th triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (15CCEM) Edinburgh, Scotland, 30 October 2003 by Mr. Lewis Perinbam, O.C. Chairman of the Board of Governors, Commonwealth of Learning
- ItemOpen AccessCorporate Policy: Regional Centres and Regional Representation(2004-09) Commonwealth of LearningCOL 's core task is to help Commonwealth member governments take full advantage of open, distance and technology-mediated learning strategies. Because Commonwealth countries are spread around the world COL has tried in various ways to sustain closer day-to-day contact with Member Governments than is possible from Vancouver.
- ItemOpen AccessCorporate Policy: eLearning(2005) Commonwealth of LearningThis policy document specifies guidelines and broad policies to promote and inform the development of and use of eLearning in COL. It provides a basis for standardised and structured approach to the use of this medium.
- ItemOpen AccessCorporate Policy: Intellectual Property(2005-02) Commonwealth of LearningThis policy document specifies guidelines and broad policies to support intellectual property at the Commonwealth of Learning. It provides a basis for standardised and structured approach to the use of this medium.
- ItemOpen AccessThree-year Plan, 2006-2009 Learning for Development(2006) Commonwealth of LearningThe previous Three-Year Plan (2003–2006) was entitled Building Capacity in Open and Distance Learning, reflecting the focus in the previous triennium. In addressing the needs of Commonwealth governments, we have aligned ourselves with the international development agenda and will build on our experience and expertise in open, distance and technology-enhanced learning to expand the scope and scale of learning for development. // The 2006–2009 Plan further sharpens the focus of COL’s work by using an operational framework defined by sectors and results. It breaks the international development agenda into three broad sectors: Education, Learning for Livelihoods, and Human Environment. In each sector, in light of the needs of individual countries, COL pursues results in the form of policies, systems, and models and materials.
- ItemOpen AccessEvaluation of the 2003-2006 Commonwealth of Learning Strategic Plan: Final Report(2006) Patrick, Spaven; Commonwealth of LearningThe Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. It has been operational since 1989 from its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. COL’s core operations are financed by voluntary pledges from Commonwealth governments. Its six major voluntary funding contributors – currently Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom – each have a seat on COL’s Board of Governors. Its average annual core budget over the last three years has been around $7m. It has also periodically undertaken fee-for-service consulting for international agencies and national governments, amounting to around $2m annually