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Draft Strategic Plan 2015-2021

Based on extensive consultations around the Commonwealth, COL has developed a draft strategic plan for the next six years (2015-2021) that provides the direction and overall framework to guide our work. Request for stakeholder input by 19 January 2015.

Connections/EdTech News

Connections/EdTech News, November 2014:
COL newsletter, November 2014; includes: COL Focal Points; PCF8 to be held in Malaysia; COL Headquarters Moving; Gender Workshop; Editorial: Teachers, The Unsung Heroes; In Focus: Open Schooling in Perspective; New Resources; People; EdTech News; and more...

New address, from December 2014

Please note that COL is moving offices in December.
New address:
   4710 Kingsway, Suite 2500
   Burnaby, BC  V5H 4M2

All other contact details remain the same.

New resources


Speeches and presentations:

COL blog

COL’s blog is encouraging interaction, discussion and knowledge sharing on issues related to education for development. The blog explores areas such as e-learning, gender, educational technology, livelihoods, best practices, news and book reviews. COL’s Educational Specialists will also contribute podcasts to help expand dialogue on relevant issues.

Journal from COL

COL launched the Journal of Learning for Development in 2013. The new online journal provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity.

Gender micro-site

COL's Gender micro-site has been designed to provide a one-stop, comprehensive platform to access print and electronic resources on gender and open, distance and technology-mediated learning (ODL) with a special emphasis on information and communication technology (ICT). The main purpose of developing this gender micro-site is to provide knowledge and information on gender and ODL/ICT so as to raise awareness and to provide tools to ODL policymakers and practitioners to help them address gender concerns in their areas of competence.

Quality Assurance micro-site

COL's Quality Assurance micro-site has been designed to provide a single, convenient access point to existing resources in quality assurance in open and distance learning (ODL).  We hope that it will be of particular use to institutions, researchers and governments seeking to establish benchmarks for quality provision and to all those who are interested in devising effective systems for the review and evaluation of ODL programmes.

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)

On behalf of Commonwealth Ministers of Education, COL is co-ordinating the development of a Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Twenty six countries are now actively engaged in making the VUSSC a reality. VUSSC countries have chosen to focus on creating postsecondary, skills-related courses in areas such as tourism, entrepreneurship, professional development, disaster management and a range of technical and vocational subjects. These non-proprietary, electronically-held course materials, which can readily be adapted to the specific context of each country, are used in the offering of credit-bearing qualifications in the countries' post-secondary institutions, strengthening their educational capacity and outreach. Small states thus become active contributors to global development and leaders in educational reform through the innovative use of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The VUSSC is throwing a wide bridge across the digital divide.




The Commonwealth of Learning's focus is in strengthening institutions in developing Commonwealth countries that are striving to provide affordable education to larger numbers of their citizens.

COL IS NOT an educational institution. It does not register students and does not directly offer courses, programmes of study, scholarships or bursaries.

COL DOES NOT provide an accreditation service and does not endorse institutions or programmes. COL is also unable to provide directories of courses available in the Commonwealth.

Please see: About COL for more information.