In an article published in Distance Education in 2017, I argued against conflating open educational resources (OER) with open education. In fact, since then there has been a growing tendency to use the term “open education” while discussing OER. This practice undermines the depth of knowledge that... read more

More than 30 representatives of education ministries, universities and colleges, as well as education consortiums and councils from the Caribbean and beyond gathered in St Lucia on 29-30 January 2020 for the regional Capacity Building Workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER). The event was... read more

COL has welcomed the recent adoption by UNESCO of the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). While celebrating this important milestone towards building open and inclusive knowledge societies, a look back is in order at COL’s own contribution to the OER movement. A pioneer in... read more

17 October 2019, Burnaby, BC, Canada - In an effort to build the capacities of government officials  and educational institutions to develop national and institutional OER policies, COL and UNESCO have released Guidelines on the Development of Open Educational Resource Policies. The... read more

National consultation on OER Policy for Bangladesh
Bangladesh Open University (BOU), with support from COL, held a national consultation on 30 June 2019 to review the draft Open Educational Resources (OER) policy for Bangladesh. The consultation was jointly organised with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Access to Information (a2i) programme of... read more

Recognising the importance of global goals for sustainable development, and to assist business leaders adopt sustainable practices, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in partnership with the Open University of Mauritius (OUM), is developing a course on Business for Sustainable Development, which... read more

The Commonwealth of Learning’s President and CEO Professor Asha Kanwar congratulates Nigeria on the adoption of a COL-supported National Policy on Open Educational Resources (OER). The pioneering policy was validated at a Stakeholders’ Validation Symposium at the National Universities Commission in... read more

The 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress opened in Ljubjana, Slovenia, on 18 September 2017. The Commonwealth of Learning’s President and CEO, Professor Asha Kanwar, addressed the Congress in conjunction with H.E. Dr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of... read more

The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) newest publication Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017 is a review of the status of open educational resources (OER) worldwide. The report, which will be officially launched at the 2nd World OER Congress on 18 September 2017, is the result of two... read more

This year, the world celebrates the fifth anniversary of the pivotal Paris Open Educational Resources (OER) Declaration which had put forward ten key recommendations for governments in driving the OER agenda. On the eve of the 2nd World OER Congress, it is paramount that the current state of play... read more