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Speeches and Presentations

The Chair of COL's Board of Governors, COL's President and Chief Executive Officer, and other senior staff members are regularly called upon to deliver speeches and presentations at events taking place throughout the Commonwealth. If you are specifically interested in presentations that have been delivered by a particular individual, please click on the presentation name below and at the left. Quotes may be taken from these presentations for third-party use, so long as full and accurate credit is conveyed.

SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS IN 2014 

Ensure Equitable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All by 2030: Video presentation delivered at the ICDE SCOP 2014 / ICDE UNESCO Policy Forum (20 November 2014) held in Bali, Indonesia by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.

Democratising Lifelong Learning for All: Video presentation delivered at the 3rd Lifelong Learning International Conference 2014 (20 November 2014) held in Malaysia by Prof. Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.

Technology Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Presented at the UGC sponsored seminar on Innovations in higher education, Parvathaneni Brahmayya Siddhartha College of Arts & Science, India (7 November 2014) by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.

Internet and Education - Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Presented at the Berlin Workshop (6 November 2014) held in Germany by Dr. Jessica Aguti, Commonwealth of Learning.

Open Educational Resources for Higher Education: Public Lecture delivered at Krishna University, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India (6 November 2014) by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.

National Qualifications Framework in South Africa - a critical review: Public Lecture presented at the University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) (29 October 2014) held in Hong Kong by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. Abdurrahman Umar and Dr. K. Balasubramanian), Commonwealth of Learning.
Advancing Research in ODL: Where are the Missing Links?: Opening Keynote at the 28th Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (28 October 2014) held in Hong Kong by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian), Commonwealth of Learning.

How technology developments are driving change in Higher Education: Presented at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada (23 October 2014) by Mr. Vis Naidoo, Commonwealth of Learning.

How ICT can support Teacher Training: Keynote presented at the Open Forum on "Teaching today: an international overview of professional development and conditions of work" for the 20th anniversary of World Teachers' Day (6 October 2014) held at UNESCO HQ, France by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. Jessica Aguti and Dr. K. Balasubramanian), Commonwealth of Learning.

Convocation Address: Given at the first convocation at Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (27 September 2014) in India by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
Opening Remarks: Presented at the Focal Points meeting for the Pacific region (22 September 2014) held in Samoa by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
Ten Years of Open Education Resources (OER): The Road Ahead: Presented at the Focal Points meeting for the Asia region (18 September 2014) held in Malaysia by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

MOOC for Sustainable Development?: Keynote presented at the Second International Conference on Emerging Technologies in Education and Computer Science, organised by the Universidad Da Vinci (18 September 2014) in Mexico by Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, Commonwealth of Learning.

To MOOC or not to MOOC: that is the question:  Lecture given at Wawasan Open University (17 September 2014) in Malaysia by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. Venkataraman Balaji), Commonwealth of Learning.
Opening Remarks: Presented at the Focal Points meeting for the Asia region (17 September 2014) held in Malaysia by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Congratulatory Remarks: Given at the Launch of the Diploma in ELT with ICT Skills for Upper Primary Teachers at Gauhati University, India (13 September 2014) by Dr. Jessica Norah Aguti, Education Specialist, Teacher Education.

Promoting Learning for Development:  Presented at the 31st Induction Programme for Diplomats, organised jointly by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation (4 September 2014) in London, UK by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Women Leaders in Development: Delivered at the 4th Global Leadership Lecture Series, Acsenda School of Management (25 July 2014) held in Vancouver, Canada by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian and Ms. Rosanne Wong), Commonwealth of Learning.

Open Universities in the Time of MOOCs - Reaching the Unreached? Delivered at the 19th Prof. G. Ram Reddy Memorial Lecture at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India (2 July 2014) by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian), Commonwealth of Learning.

Commonwealth Experience - Working with Partners in Education: Video presentation given at the Council for Education in the Commonwealth's Annual Conference (1 July 2014) held in the United Kingdom by Prof. Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.

Universities in an Era of Open Education: Keynote Address presented at the 2nd International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (19 June 2014) in Manila, Philippines by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. Venkataraman Balaji), Commonwealth of Learning.

Academic Leadership: Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (18 June 2014) in Manila, Philippines by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
Farewell to Burchell Whiteman: Speech given at COL Board of Governor's Dinner Reception honouring The Honourable Burchell Whiteman, O.J. - Chair, COL Board of Governors on 12 June 2014 in Vancouver, Canada by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
COL Board of Governor's Reception:Opening remarks on 11 June 2014 in Vancouver, Canada by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.

Promoting Learning for Development: Presented at the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors meeting (29 May 2014) held in London, UK by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

COL in the Pacific: Promoting Learning for Development: Video presentation at the PACFOLD Advisory Group Meeting (26 – 27 May) held in Fiji, by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Opening Remarks: Presented at the Focal Points meeting for Africa and the Mediterranean region (21 May 2014) held in Mauritius by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Supporting Education In The Developing World Through Open and Linked Data: Video presentation given at the Making it Matter Workshop organised by the LinkedUp Project and the Commonwealth of Learning (16 May 2014) held in London, UK by Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, Commonwealth of Learning.
Knowledge Parks - Hype or Hope for the developing world?: Presented at the International Conference on Knowledge Parks organized by the British Council, Pakistan (9 May 2014). Presented on behalf of Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning by Professor Majed Rashid, Allama Iqbal Open University.

Aptus: Introductory video on COL's Aptus Classroom without Walls (April 2014) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

COL in the Pacific - Promoting Learning for Development: Presented at the Forum Education Ministers’ Meeting (2 April 2014), held in the Cook Islands by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

ICT in the Caribbean: implications for the Pacific?: Presented at the Forum Education Ministers’ Meeting (1 April 2014), held in the Cook Islands by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Moving Towards Relevant & Inclusive Education - the role of distance learning and technology: Keynote Address at the Forum Education Ministers’ Meeting (31 March 2014), held in the Cook Islands by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Old wine in new bottles? Exploring MOOCs: Presented at the University of the West Indies (28 March 2014), held in Trinidad & Tobago by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Opening Remarks: Presented at the Caribbean Focal Points Meeting (26 March 2014), held in Trinidad & Tobago, by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Capacity Building: The Road to Resilience: Presented at the Third Global Biennial Conference on Small States: Building Resilience in Small States (26–27 March 2014) held in Saint Lucia, by John Lesperance, Commonwealth of Learning.

Promoting Learning for Development: Presented at the Regional Stakeholders’ Meeting - CARIBBEAN (25 March 2014), held in Trinidad & Tobago by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

The Commonwealth of Learning: Presented at the Regional Stakeholders’ Meeting - CARIBBEAN (25 March 2014), held in Trinidad & Tobago by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Opening Education for All: ODL Policy for the Caribbean: Presented at the COL-CARICOM Workshop (24 March 2014), held in Trinidad & Tobago by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Trends in Quality Assurance: Presented at the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) Awards function (11 March 2014), by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
Trends in distance and online learning: can they address development challenges?: The Dennis Irvine Lecture, presented at the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) (10 March 2014) held in Jamaica by Professor Asha Kanwar (co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian), Commonwealth of Learning.
Inspiring Change: Video presentation at the 1st International Multidisciplinary Conference: Gender, Resistance and Change (10 March 2014) held at Auchi Polytechnic, Centre for Gender Studies, Nigeria, by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
Inspiring Change: Video message for International Women's Day 2014 (8 March 2014) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
MOOC for Capacity Building in Indian Agriculture: Presented at the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Brainstorming Session (5 March 2014), co-hosted with COL, by Dr. Balaji Venkataraman, Commonwealth of Learning (co-written with Balwinder Sodhi, IIT Ropar and TV Prabhakar, IIT Kanpur).