At the core of COL’s strategy in this area is the recognition of the ongoing global shift in ICT from desktop to more network and mobile-centric computing (Cloud services, wider use of Tablets and smartphones) which will have a significant impact on learning technology in the coming years, especially in the developing countries of the Commonwealth. Total costs and ownership of software, whether open source or proprietary, are in a state of flux. New technologies continue to emerge. ODL institutions will find new and increasing value in obtaining neutral advice and tried and tested models for making informed choices. COL’s role as an informed intermediary, knowledge broker and catalyst will be important.

COL’s knowledge management framework emphasises the importance of both people (tacit knowledge, wisdom and networks) as well as processes (involving capture, preservation, and dissemination). Knowledge flows occur through various pathways in the organisation and harnessing them effectively can contribute to enhancing the overall impact.

In addition to providing overall support to COL’s Programme and technology services, KM and Technology have promoted global discussions and models on MOOC for Development and technology innovations such as low-cost Tablets and Aptus, an OER micro-server. Knowledge Management and Technology at COL will:

  • Engage in research and analyses of changes in learning technology and build models contributing to COL’s efforts to be a thought-leader.
  • Provide state-of-the-art services to staff and partners in an affordable and sustainable way.
  • Maintain a variety of information services to the public (Open Access repository for COL publications, Directory of OER, weekly news digests).
  • Build innovations in mobile and learning technologies (e.g. Aptus, MOOCs for Development).