Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF7)
27 February 2014

COL’s Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF7) was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 2 - 6 December 2013, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The Forum addressed "Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation" through five themes:

  1. Girls’ and Women’s Education
  2. Skills Development
  3. Promoting Open Educational Resources (OER)
  4. Innovation and Technology
  5. Institutional Development

A summary description of PCF7 and its results appears in the March 2014 edition of COL's newsletter, Connections.


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Forum partners

Several organisations have supported PCF7, enabling subsidies for delegates who would otherwise be unable to attend.


Daily Newsletters:

PCF7 Papers

Keynote Speakers/Presentations

Asa Briggs Lecture

Winners of the 2011-2013 Excellence in Distance Education Awards