Understanding Open Education
27 February 2020
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. ...
Have you heard of TikTok? If not, let me introduce you to this new kid on the social media block that uses 15-second videos. It is currently one of the fastest growing apps with over 1 billion users, and 800 million active monthly users. It was ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jane Constance with Alana Laudone (Benetech) In a world where 95% of published materials cannot be read by persons with disabilities and where 89% of vision-impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries, COL is committed to leveraging ...
The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day was “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”. We congratulate all the young teachers around the world for their service to humanity and their communities. The questions we must ask are: Are we ...
This year’s theme for the World Teacher’s Day, ‘The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,’ reflects the growing international concern about the educational outcomes of school systems in many countries, and is emphatic of ...
When it comes to learning materials, many of us still think of the two-dimensional content consisting of text, images, video and multimedia viewed on a screen or printed on paper. Others already think about engaging techniques and software tools ...
An oft-cited figure from a 2015 UNESCO statement forecasts that higher education demand will swell to 414 million prospective learners by 2030. The scenario of building large, new institutions each week to accommodate such demand would certainly not ...
Worldwide, there are 190 million unemployed people, of which 75 million are youth. In order to address this gap, two strategies are needed: (i) skills development, and (ii) job creation. With 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s population under 30 ...