By Dr Tony Mays, COL Education Specialist: Open Schooling Children learn things naturally. With access to appropriate resources, they can develop sophisticated understandings and competences. However, without careful scaffolding and support, they will not always learn WHAT “The Curriculum” wants... read more

Following the initial success of its online course on OER for Online Learning, COL will be offering the course for up to 18,000 teachers in Trinidad and Tobago at the request of the Ministry of Education. According to Ms Aneisa Singh, Teacher Development Specialist at the Trinidad and Tobago... read more

With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in March 2020, school campuses were closed in most countries. Governments in most developing and developed countries consequently recommended moving teaching and learning online. Even when campuses re-open, teachers and learners will probably... read more

On 19 March 2020, The Economist carried an article titled “Mid-term Break: How COVID-19 is interrupting children’s education.” The first part of the title resonates with Seamus Heaney’s poem Mid-Term Break which seems sadly apposite at this time, but of course we need to remember that even... read more

Nigeria recently piloted the Open Schooling programme to address the needs of out-of-school children in six northern states. A collaboration between COL and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), the programme was initiated at a five-day workshop in Abuja in February 2020. The workshop... read more

In recent years, open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) approaches have been mainstreamed with growing demand from non-traditional students, who are seeking more flexible ways to engage in lifelong learning opportunities. However, while ODeL approaches have demonstrably served to open access, its... read more

Completion of a baseline formative evaluation and buy-in from key stakeholders have laid the foundation for Zambia to move to the implementation stage of the Open/Innovative Schooling (OIS) model. On 16-17 October 2019, COL supported the visit of an external evaluator to the Zambia Department of... read more

A meeting at the Education Broadcasting Centre in Lusaka, Zambia on 4 June 2019 explored the monitoring and evaluation strategy for COL’s Open/Innovative Schooling (OIS) model which is being implemented in the country. The OIS model involves four inter-related phases: developing, piloting, scaling... read more

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Lilongwe, Malawi held meetings with COL’s Education Specialist: Open Schooling, Dr Tony Mays on 6 and 7 June 2019 to explore the ongoing development of the Open and Innovative Schooling (OIS) model in Malawi where COL is supporting the... read more

The Southern African Development Community Centre for Distance Education (SADC-CDE), with support from COL, hosted a workshop to sensitise participants to open schooling and introduce COL’s Open and Innovative Schooling model in Kigali, Rwanda from 15 to 17 May 2019. Participants hailed from Kenya... read more