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    Commonwealth Open Learning: Why, What and Outcomes?
    (2024-05) Scott, Peter
    Presented by Professor Peter Scott, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, to the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors and the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, London, United Kingdom, May 2024.
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    Open Schooling Provision for Out-Of-School Youths
    (2024-05-08) Mays, Tony
    Presented by Dr Tony Mays, Director: Education, Commonwealth of Learning, at the First Botswana Open University International Conference on Open and Distance Learning Gaborone, Botswana on 8 May 2024. Most Commonwealth countries have large and growing numbers of young people not in employment nor in education and training. Open and distance learning is one way in which we can help such learners to re-engage. This presentation will explore cost drivers in ODL provision and ways in which costs can be contained. The issue will be explored from a pragmatic perspective and will draw both on classic theory related to the interplay between access, quality and cost (e.g. Rumble, Perraton, Daniel et al.), more recent research (e.g. Hülsmann, Murangi) as well as practical experience. Many countries are struggling to support the rising costs of education provision following the economic downturn post-pandemic, but the costs of not making such provision will likely be even more extreme. There is growing use of distance education and online methods in formerly contact-only institutions but there is concern in some quarters that low-budget and poorly supported online provision might be used to cross-subsidise full-time traditional contact provision which is ultimately not sustainable. It can be argued that over the years, two dominant pedagogic models have developed in both traditional and online provision which might be loosely termed instructivist and constructivist and two dominant business models have emerged which could be loosely described as economies of scale and activity-based costing.
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    Rooting for Robots through Pragmatic Pedagogy
    (2024-05-7) Mays, Tony
    Keynote address by Dr Tony Mays, Director: Education, Commonwealth of Learning, at the UNISA International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Tshwane, South Africa on 7 May 2024. Technology continues to evolve and is increasingly ubiquitous in our lives. We cannot isolate ourselves from it, so it is pragmatic to engage with it in ways that help us to teach and support students more efficiently and effectively. This presentation will reflect on engagement with technologies such as automated feedback, digital dashboards, MOOCs, digital OER and uses of generative artificial intelligence which are informed by pedagogy rather than dictated by the form of technology employed. It will explore both some things that have worked and some things that have not worked and will also explore ways in which we can make informed decisions about appropriate use of appropriate technology based on actual practice. The presentation will draw upon experience from across the Commonwealth, primarily in developing contexts, in both schooling and post-schooling provision.
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    Commonwealth of Learning
    (2024-05-08) Ogange, Betty
    Video presentation by Dr Betty Ogange, Education Specialist: Teacher Education, Commonwealth of Learning, at the AFTRA 11th Conference and 13th Roundtable, Lusaka, Zambia, 8 May 2024.
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    Open Learning Priorities, 2024
    (2024-05-08) Scott, Peter
    Keynote address by Professor Peter Scott, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the First Botswana Open University International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Gaborone, Botswana on 8 May 2024.