The Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning

13-17 July 2008 at the University of London

The Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF5) has grown to become one of the world’s leading conferences on learning and global development. PCF5 in London at the Institute of Education will explore how open and distance learning can help achieve international development goals and education for all. The conference theme is "Access to Learning for Development" with a focus on children and young people, health, livelihoods, governance, conflict and social justice.


Latest news: The Forum has come to a close

PCF5 brought together over 700 delegates from 70 countries. Discussions concluded on Thursday, 17 July, with a closing keynote address by Sir John Daniel, President and CEO of COL, summarising the Forum discussions and the key issues that arose. Around 300 full papers presented at the Forum are available on our WikiEducator pages. We also offer reports on more than 60 sessions that formed part of the PCF5 programme, with further material to be added in the coming week. A 'post-PCF5 newsletter' was sent out after the Forum.


Key links:

Read PCF5 papers

Papers (ordered according to theme) are on WikiEducator

Read PCF5 session reports

Reports were prepared by reporters and/or chairs

Read the Forum blog

The PCF5 blog offers impressions and comments

Read the PCF5 Programme

Final version (PDF opens in new window, 31 pgs, 450 KB)

Visit the Forum News archive

Newsletter pages with updates for delegates


Recent news

Opening ceremony with Prime Minister of Uganda, Commenwealth Secretary-General, UNESCO Assistant Director-General as guest speakers • Two July newsletter issues are now online • Delegate checklist available • Programme pages updated New guest speaker, Rt. Hon. Professor Apolo R. Nsibambi, Prime Minister of Uganda • New online payment system in operation • Googlegroup discussions on Forum themes and PCF5 in general • More news...

PF5 is sponsored by: University of London External System, Open University, DFID, AusAID & others.