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PublicationSuccess in eLearning: What is the recipe?( 2010-11) Kwan, AngelaThe COL eLearning with international organisations initiative provides customised eLearning design, development, and delivery for just-in-time workplace eLearning for employees based in headquarters and field offices. Technology mediated learning has widened learning access to democratise learning. The competency-based learning outcomes have enhanced capacities in written communication, and the management of refugees and debt data. The partnering organisations span the United Nations System, the multilateral development banks, the humanitarian relief and the multilateral development agencies. Having delivered about 100 learning cohorts since 2000, COL has maintained an average completion rate of 80% (ranging from 57.3% to 97%) across the board. COL and its partnering organisations continuously explore means to increase learning success through examining the ingredients of eLearning. There is a vast array of ingredients which includes the self-instructional materials, the engagement of technology, the self-assessed activities, the tutor-marked assignments, the transactional presence of tutors, administrators, supervisors, and peers, This paper draws on COL’s experience of a decade in delivering eLearning courses to over 5,000 learners spread over a 100 countries to answer the questions: What should be the right mix and proportion of eLearning ingredients? How should they be processed, tested and evaluated for a perfect result?
PublicationThink globally, learn locally: Democratising learning for international organisations( 2006-10) Kwan, AngelaIn the lead up to the millennium, the rapid development of the World Wide Web, internet and word processing technologies began to change the way we communicate, work, learn, and live. In its most positive light, information and communication technologies have enabled new work and learning opportunities across boundaries and among communities. This paper focuses on how this change applied sensibly has opened up new dimensions for the provision of equitable, accessible and affordable learning opportunities to develop the international workforce professionally. The context of discussion is based on Commonwealth of Learning’s experience in providing transnational workplace training for four UN organizations, one humanitarian oragnisation and an international financial institution. This has witnessed the opening up of effective virtual classes for learners based in over 100 different countries, enabling the medical officer based in Luanda, Angola to pursue the same learning experience as his/her counterpart based in Geneva. We describe the paradigm shift taking place as “Think globally, learn locally” an educational version of the well known dictum of “think globally, act locally” i. The shift was triggered by employing appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs) in a pedagogically sound manner to enable the widest distribution of cross-boarders learning and to encourage the unrestricted access to learning by women and marginalized learners in troubled, remote and isolated locations in the world.