The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation focused exclusively on the promotion and development of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Through its education and skills development initiatives, COL is helping Commonwealth developing countries expand access to quality education and training.

As a source of expertise and leadership in the fields of distance learning, education technology and open learning, COL shares and spreads knowledge and resources through a variety of platforms, from the COL website and social media to publications and events. These resources are made globally available as part of our commitment to support worldwide efforts towards lifelong learning for all.

Open access resources

COL’s resources, studies, reports and practice guidelines encourage and support others to embrace distance education and open learning as a means of achieving learning for sustainable development. All resources are available free-of-charge on COL's online open access repository.

Speeches and presentations

COL experts are regularly invited to speak at conferences, forums and presentations on topics related to open educational resources and information and communication technologies. Speeches and presentations are posted online.

Pan-Commonwealth Forum

Working in partnership with a host Commonwealth nation and institution, COL holds the triennial Pan-Commonwealth Forum. The forum focuses on applications of open and distance learning in widening educational access, bridging the digital divide and advancing social and economic development of communities and nations at large.