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The Commonwealth Experience -
Working with Partners in Education
Professor Asha Kanwar, President and C.E.O., COL
1 July 2014

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

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.

Short videos describing COL's major initiatives (2014):


Issues in eLearning & Distance Education
Video Series, by Dr. Mark Bullen, Education Specialist for eLearning at the Commonwealth of Learning. Produced by the Commonwealth of Learning, July 2014.

What is eLearning?: Dr. Mark Bullen explains his perspective on the meaning of eLearning. His key message is that eLearning should be seen as a continuum of opportunities for using ICT in education. This can involve supporting and enhancing traditional face-to-face teaching, using ICT to provide blended learning or flipped classroom options and delivering fully online distance education programmes. (5:25). Transcript

What is Instructional Design?: Dr. Mark Bullen demystifies instructional design by providing a simple and easy to understand explanation of the concept. His key point is that instructional design is all about crafting learning objectives at a level appropriate for the knowledge and skills that are being developed, then designing learning activities and assembling resources that help learners achieve those objectives. (5:00). Transcript

Deconstructing the Digital Natives Discourse: In this video, Dr. Mark Bullen looks at the Digital Natives discourse, the idea that young people are fundamentally different than previous generations because of their exposure to digital technology. He suggests we should be skeptical of the key claims associated with this discourse because they are not supported by empirical research.  (7:57). Transcript

Reconsidering the Learning Management System: Learning management systems are a core and costly part of the IT infrastructure of just about every large educational organization today but do they provide good value? In this video, Dr. Mark Bullen questions the value of the LMS and argues there are alternatives that not only have the potential to save money but also to provide a more appropriate learning environment. (9:05). Transcript

What Happened to the Social Agenda for Distance Education: Until the turn of the century, the discourse of distance education was essentially about access: trying to reach the underserved populations and the second chance and non-traditional learners and helping developing countries educate large numbers of learners with limited resources. But Dr. Mark Bullen argues that with the emergence of online learning in the late 1990s, this social agenda of distance education has given way to a more functionalist and technologically deterministic agenda. (6:25). Transcript

The 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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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. News release...
 
Aptus: Introductory video on COL's Aptus Classroom without Walls (April 2014) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
 
Inspiring Change: A video message for International Women's Day 2014 (8 March 2014) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.
 
Higher Education: Video presented at the Science and higher education in the Post 2015 agenda: the African context at the UN Headquarters, New York on 23 September 2013 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.
 
  1. Introduction: Helen Lentell discusses this series of videos that she helped produce for COL Link to Vimeo
  2. Dominique Abrioux Link to Vimeo
  3. Joan Collinge Link to Vimeo
  4. Margaret Haughey Link to Vimeo
  5. Erin Keough Link to Vimeo
  6. Angela Kwan Link to Vimeo
  7. Alison Mead-Richardson Link to Vimeo
  8. Ross Paul Link to Vimeo

Video message on COL's Perspective on Open Education presented at the National Symposium on Open Education, Wellington, New Zealand (8 November 2012) with Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers - 9-minute promotional video produced by the Commonwealth of Learning, August 2012. Link to Vimeo

Learning for Open Innovation - The 2012 Paris OER Declaration and Beyond: 8-minute video speech/presentation given at the 7th EFQUEL Innovation Forum held in Granada (7 September 2012) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO gives an introduction to the Commonwealth of Learning and COL's Resource CD-ROM. August 2012. Link to Vimeo

Video interview with Sir John Daniel, former President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning by France 24 International News. Marc Perelman meets Sir John Daniel to talk about the open educational resources movement. It’s an initiative that provides online teaching, learning, and research resources but also helps developing countries improve access to education and training, July 2012.

Open Content Licensing for Educators - OCL4Ed (20 June-3 July 2012):

  • Session 1: Why does open matter in education? by Stephen Downes, National Research Council of Canada
  • Session 2: What constitutes an open education resource? by David Wiley, Brigham Young University
  • Session 3: What can educators legally copy in an online world?
  • Session 4: How can educators refine their copyright for sharing knowledge? by Cathy Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons
  • Session 5: What license should I use for open educational resources I create? by Frances Ferreira, Education Specialist - Open Schooling, Commonwealth of Learning.

Management education for the contemporary professional: Presented at the CEMBA CEMPA Alumni Sri Lanka Inaugural AGM & International Conference: Open Education & Contemporary Professional (7 April 2012), Open University Sri Lanka by Professor Madhulika Kaushik, Education Specialist - Higher Education, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to YouTube 

OER Week 2012 logo COL videos prepared for Open Education Week, 5 - 10 March 2012 (Worldwide):

  1. Getting Governments to Back OERs: A joint COL-UNESCO project; Sir John Daniel
  2. Mission Accomplished: What Next?; Frances J. Ferreira
  3. Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth; Mr. John Lesperance
  4. Education for All (The Dakar Goals); Dr. Abdurrahman Umar
  5. There are no OER Shortcuts to Quality Education; Ms. Trudi van Wyk

Open Schools have the Potential to Provide Equitable Access to Appropriate Learning and Life Skills Programmes: An 11-minute video presented at the Integration of Academic Courses with Vocational Education in Secondary Schools, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), New Delhi, India (17-19 February 2012) by Frances Ferreira, Education Specialist - Open Schooling, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

LIVES (Learning Through Interactive Voice Educational System): A 3-minute video presented at the First UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (12-16 December 2011), held in Paris, France by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning.

Convocation Address at the SNDT Women’s University: A 15 minutes video of Professor Asha Kanwar's Convocation Address at the SNDT Women’s University (7 December 2011) held in Mumbai, India.

Technology Strategies for Higher Education: Advice to Vice Chancellors: An 11 minute video presentation given at the Uttarakhand Open University, India (29 November 2011) by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning.

Technology in Learning: Purposes, Practices and Possibilities: A 20 minute video presentation given at the Uttarakhand Open University, India (28 November 2011) by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning.

Can OER Transform Education? A Developing World Perspective: Video presentation given at the 2011 conference on Open Educational Resources in Iceland (21 November 2011) by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning.

Embedding Open Educational Resources in Educational Practice: Sir John Daniel's presentation at the launch of the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning OER Policy Guidelines at the UNESCO 36th General Conference, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, Tuesday 1 November, 2011.

Publishing with Public Money for Public Benefit: A 35-minute video presentation at BCcampus, Opening Education Event "Taking OER to the Next Level", held in Vancouver, Canada (17 October 2011), by COL President & CEO, Sir John Daniel.

Commonwealth of Learning presents a Video Series on Open & Distance Learning. Four interviews were held during the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) 25th Annual Conference 2011 in Penang, Malaysia from 28-30 September 2011.

  1. Trends in Quality Assurance in Asian Universities with Dr. Colin Latchem, Open Learning Consultant, Australia, in conversation with Prof. Insung Jung, Professor, International Christian University, Japan. (Duration: 13 minutes). Link to YouTube
  2. M-Learning for Open and Distance Learning: Reflections with Prof. Dr. Abtar Kaur, Professor, Faculty of Education & Languages, Open University, Malaysia, in conversation with Prof. Dr. Tae Rim Lee, Director of Institute of Distance Education (IDE), Korea National Open University (KNOU), Korea (Duration: 20 minutes). Link to YouTube
  3. Partnerships in Open and Distance Learning with Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Education Specialist, Agriculture & Livelihoods, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada, in conversation with Dr. Geoff Peters, Professor of Systems Strategy, Open University, United Kingdom (Duration: 14 minutes). Link to YouTube
  4. Open Education Resources: Hype or Hope with Sir John Daniel, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada, in conversation with Tan Sri Dato’ Prof. Gajaraj Dhanarajan, President Emeritus, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia (Duration: 19 minutes). Link to YouTube

Ian Pringle, COL's Media Education Specialist, visited Cameroon from the 3rd - 10th September, 2011 during which he held meetings with stakeholders of the Commonwealth of Learning Programme to expand Open Distance Learning initiatives in Yaounde, Lebialem, Dschang and Douala. Before leaving for Cape Town, where he facilitated a COL Healthy Communities Partners' Workshop, Ian Pringle briefed the Cameroon press on his trip and what he found during his visits and meetings. In Yaounde, he met with the national focal point of the Commonwealth of Learning in Cameroon, Prof. Ivo Tambo Leke, the Secretary General at the ministry of public health, Prof. Angwafo III, members of the Association of Media Health Journalists and officials promoting Open Distance Learning at the University of Dschang. In this video, Ian Pringle shares his views on what the Commonwealth of Learning is all. The excerpt of his press conference was filmed for sharing. Link to YouTube

Opening Up Education in Low-resource Settings: The Uses of Open Education Resources (OER): Video presentation to the Annual Conference of the German Society of Media in Science (7 September 2011), held in Dresden, Germany by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

Sir John Daniel introducing COL's Resource CD-ROM (September 2011). Link to Vimeo

Non-formal Education: Are We There Yet?: A Planners’ and Practitioners’ QA Toolkit for Open and Distance Non-formal Education with author Colin Latchem (30 June 2011). Link to Vimeo

Open Education Resources: Next Steps?: Video presentation to the Conference of the Papua New Guinea Association for Distance (20 June 2011), held at the Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea by Professor Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

Celebrating Open Schooling: Video introduction to the Conference of the Papua New Guinea Association for Distance Education (20 June 2011), held at the Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

Open Education Resources: Lessons from the COL Experience: Keynote Address (via Video) at OER Africa, held in Nairobi, Kenya (16-18 May 2011) by Prof. Asha Kanwar, Commonwealth of Learning. Link to Vimeo

Open but Tough: an introductory video to the Consultative meeting on opening up higher education: the OER University in Otago, New Zealand (23 February 2011) by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning. 9 min. Link to Vimeo

The Power of Open Educational Content for Developing Countries: video presentation at the academic ceremony for the handover of the rectorate at the Open Universite of the Netherlands (12 December 2010) by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning. 15 min. Link to Vimeo.

Videos of keynote presentations and plenary sessions, Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, November 2010, Kochi, India. Link to YouTube

Video Series on Open and Distance Learning - Ten video conversations conducted by CEMCA at the Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, November 2010, Kochi, India. www.cemca.org

  1. The Role of OERs in Distance Education - Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning in conversation with Ms. Jenny Glennie, South African Institute for Distance Education. Link to YouTube
  2. Distance Education : Past, Present & Future - Prof. Anne Forster, COL Consultant in conversation with Prof. Som Naidu, Charles Sturt University. Link to YouTube
  3. Distance Education Today: Reflections and Perceptions - Prof. Belinda Tynan, University of New England in conversation with Prof. Som Naidu, Charles Sturt University. Link to YouTube
  4. ODL for Skills Development - Dr. Caroline Seeling in conversation with Prof. Som Naidu, Charles Sturt University. Link to YouTube
  5. The Role of ODL in Teacher Education - Prof. Chandra Gunawardena, Distance Education Partnership Programme, Distance Education Modernization Project in conversation with Prof. Md IbnJunaid. Link to YouTube
  6. Research in Open and Distance Learning - Prof. Abtar Kaur, Open University Malaysia in conversation with Prof. Roger Mills, COL Consultant. Link to YouTube
  7. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Africa - Prof. Dele Braimoh, University of South Africa in conversation with Prof. Sunday Reju, Polytechnic of Namibia. Link to YouTube
  8. Quality Assurance in Distance Education - Prof. Uma Coomaraswamy, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka in conversation with Prof. Som Naidu, Charles Sturt University Link to YouTube
  9. Distance Education: Past, Present & Future - Emeritus Prof. Fred Lockwood, Freelance Educational Consultant in conversation with Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma, University of Guyana. Link to YouTube
  10. Learning for Development - Emeritus Prof. Ram G. Takwale, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. And Indian Consortium for Educational Transformation (I-CONSENT) in conversation with Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training. Link to YouTube

Community Radio Movement in India - An Introduction by CEMCA (2009-2010) 13 min. Link to YouTube   www.cemca.org

Women's Health and Nutrition, programme conducted by CEMCA under the Sponsorship of Department of Science and Technology, India. (video created in 2008, uploaded in November 2010) 14 min. Link to YouTube   www.cemca.org 

COL's President & CEO, Sir John Daniel, provides this invitation to attend COL's Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, November 2010. Link to Vimeo   www.col.org/pcf6

Sir John Daniel, President & CEO of COL, describes the contents of his new book, Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All, in this three-minute video. Link to Vimeo
Mega-schools is published by Routledge, 2010: www.routledgeeducation.com/books/Mega-Schools-Technology-and-Teachers-isbn9780415872058  

Sir John Daniel, COL’s President & CEO, introduces the Commonwealth of Learning in this six-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo  

Professor Asha Kanwar, COL’s Vice President, introduces the Commonwealth of Learning’s programme for 2009-2012 in this five-minute video (2009). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Mrs. Frances J. Ferreira, presents COL’s Open Schooling initiative in this five-minute video (2009). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Dr. Abdurrahman Umar, presents COL’s Teacher Education initiative in this six-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo

COL's Former Education Specialist, Dr. Willie Clarke-Okah, presents COL’s Higher Education initiative in this five-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Mr. John Lesperance, presents COL’s Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) initiative in this seven-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Dr. K. Balasubramanian, presents COL’s Learning for Farming initiative in this four-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Mr. Ian Pringle, presents COL’s Healthy Communities initiative in this four-minute video(2010). Link to Vimeo

COL Education Specialist, Ms. Trudi van Wyk, presents COL’s Integrating eLearning initiative in this six-minute video (2010). Link to Vimeo

"Internationalisation, Regionalisation and Globalisation: Breaking out of the Iron Triangle". Presented by Sir John Daniel, President & C.E.O. of the Commonwealth of Learning, at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Paris, 6 July 2009. Link to YouTube

PCF5 Highlights: Highlights of COL's Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning; University of London, July 2008. Link to YouTube

Sir John Daniel, President & C.E.O of COL, interviewed on PCF5-TV, July 2008: Link to YouTube.

Video highlights of Sir John Daniel's keynote presentation summing up COL's Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, London, July 2008 - PCF5: Link to YouTube

Education for Digital World... Global Efforts: Meet the Vice President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Professor Asha Kanwar, presented by Indira Gandhi National Open University, 2008: Link to YouTube

Professor Asha Kanwar interviews Nobel Laureate, Professor Amartya Sen, 2008: Link to YouTube

Other PCF5-TV:
Fifth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, London, July 2008
(see also:
www.col.org/speeches08 and www.col.org/edea/2008)

Keynote presentations (highlights):
Sir Graeme Davies, Vice Chancellor, University of London, opening remarks: Link to YouTube
Sir John Daniel’s closing remarks and PCF5 sum up/way forward: Link to YouTube
Commonwealth Secretary General, HE Kamalesh Sharma: Link to YouTube
Ugandan Prime Minister, Professor Apolo Nsibambi: Link to YouTube
Asa Briggs Lecturer, Professor Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor, The Open University: Link to YouTube
Lord Briggs of Lewes, response to Gourley lecture: Link to YouTube
Ms. Carol Bellamy, UNICEF: Link to YouTube
Professor Lídia Brito, former Minister of Education, Mozambique: Link to YouTube
Mr. Nicholas Burnett, UNESCO: Link to YouTube
Dr. Astrid Dufborg, Global e-School's and Communities Initiative: Link to YouTube 
Professor Barney Pityana, Vice Chancellor, UNISA: Link to YouTube

Interviews:
Sir Graeme Davies, Vice Chancellor, University of London: Link to YouTube
Sir John Daniel, President & C.E.O, COL: Link to YouTube
Commonwealth Secretary General, HE Kamalesh Sharma: Link to YouTube
Ugandan Prime Minister, Professor Apolo Nsibambi:
Link to YouTube
Professor Lídia Brito, former Minister of Education, Mozambique: Link to YouTube
Professor Uma Coomaraswamy, former Vice Chancellor, Open University of Sri Lanka: Link to YouTube 
Professor Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor, The Open University: Link to YouTube
Mr. Kelly Yapa, Papua New Guinea: Link to YouTube
Mr. David Benthu Nthengwe, Democratic Republic of Congo: Link to YouTube


Older COL videos:
 

Commonwealth of Learning: "The Seed...A Belief", 2004
Part 1:
Link to YouTube
Part 2: Link to YouTube

"The Bridgehead: The Commonwealth of Learning into the 21st Century", 2000
Part 1:
Link to YouTube
Part 2: Link to YouTube

"Ten Years of the Commonwealth of Learning: A celebration of achievement", 1999
Link to YouTube

"Technology in Open Learning and Distance Education", Dr. James Maraj, former President, Commonwealth of Learning, 1991 (30 minutes)
Link to Vimeo