Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6)

The Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6) was held in Kochi, Kerala), India from 24 - 28 November 2010, in partnership with India's Indira Gandhi National Open University. More than 600 delegates from 70 countries attended.

Six PCF6 daily newsletters produced. In addition, a summary description of PCF6 and its results appears in the February 2011 edition of COL's newsletter, Connections.



Access & Success in Learning: Global Development Perspectives


  1. Community Development
  2. Formal Education
  3. Social Justice
  4. Skill Development




Asa Briggs Lecture

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Keynote Speakers

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, Vice-Chancellor and President, Open University Malaysia

Hon Steve Maharey, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. Caroline Seelig, Chief Executive, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Ms. Chetna G Sinha, Founder/Chair, Mann Deshi Foundation


Winners of the Excellence in Distance Education Awards (2009-2010)

Honorary Fellows

  • Professor M. Aminul Islam
  • Dr Roger Mills
  • The Honourable Naledi Pandor
  • Ms. Peecheeta Spencer
  • Professor John Tarrant

Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement

  • Open University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Award of Excellence for Open and Distance Education Materials

Category A:  materials in print, audio or video, or a combination of these

  • Botswana Technical Education Programme Certificate Course – The Human Body - Francistown College of Technical & Vocational Education, Botswana

Category B: interactive, electronically delivered materials.

  • Diploma in Web & Multimedia Development - Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning - University of Mauritius

Award Recognising Distance Learning Experience

Category A:  Award for Distance Learning Experience in a Degree Granting Programme

  • Prof. Chan Lai Keng, Malaysia

Category B:  Award for an eLearning Experience in Difficult Circumstances

  • Mr. Osman Ali Gema Eshag, Sudan


Forum Partners

  1. The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  4. The Open University (U.K.)
  5. University of London
  6. Commonwealth Secretariat
  7. University World News
  8. Digital Learning
  9. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)