Speeches & Presentations 2021

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COL speeches and presentations delivered in 2021

Achieving Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age: the Role of Open Universities: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 2021 Lifelong Education Forum, Zhejiang Open University, China, on 24 November 2021.

Open Education: An Emerging Ecosystem: Presented virtually by Professor Asha Kanwar​, COL President & CEO​ at the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021, on 28 October 2021.

Media and Information Literacy for Empowerment: Presented virtually by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021, South Africa, 27 October 2021.

Sustainable Higher Education in a post-COVID World: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, New York, USA, 22 October 2021.

Achieving Lifelong Learning in the Age of Digitisation – What are the possibilities?: Presented virtually by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 20th China International Conference on Distance Education, hosted by the Open University of China, Beijing, 14 October 2021.

The Commonwealth of Learning: Speech delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Consular Corps of BC luncheon, 13 October 2021, Vancouver, Canada.

Emerging Landscape of Higher Education: Global Trends: Video presentation by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO, M.B. Buch Lecture Series, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India on 30 September 2021.

ODL, the Continental Education Strategy for Africa and the UN SDG Goal 4 Engagement: Remarks by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 6th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) Conference, 28 September 2021.

Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning: Remarks delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO at the Annual General Meeting for the Global Alliance for Literacy on 28 September 2021.

Research in Open Learning: lessons for a post-COVID world: Keynote address presented virtually by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning at the South African Department of Higher Education and Training’s Research Colloquium on 22 September 2021.

Soaring Above the Pandemic: Innovative & Creative Practices: Keynote talk delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 1st International Conference on Society & Technology 2021, organised by the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 22 September 2021.

Innovative Digital Solutions: Keynote address presented virtually by Dr Naveed Malik, Special Adviser: Technology & Innovation at the 2021 International Conference on Education held in Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2021.

Pacific Partnership for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning: Two Case Studies: Presented at the New Zealand Vocational Education Training Research Forum on 9 September, 2021.

Media and Learning: Lessons for Educators: Presentation delivered by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL Education Specialist: eLearning at the Webinar on “Media and Learning: Challenges and Opportunities” organised by the Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training, India on 1 September 2021.

Integrating Open Educational Resources in Blended Courses: Presentation delivered by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL Education Specialist: eLearning at a workshop held at the Centre for Educational Excellence, Simon Fraser University, Canada on 25 August 2021.

Smart Education for the Future: Keynote video presentation by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 2021 Global Smart Education Conference on 18 August 2021.

Launch of Nauru Kitchen Garden App: Keynote Address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO at the Launch of the Nauru Kitchen Garden Mobile App on 16 August 2021.

African Regional Approach for ODL Quality Assurance virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Regional Training and Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning (RETRIDOL) on 10 August 2021.

Re-imagining teacher education for a post-pandemic future: Virtual keynote address by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO (co-written with Dr Betty Ogange, Education Specialist: Teacher Education) at the DETA Conference on 4 August 2021.

Promoting Archival Practices using Open Licenses: Presentation by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist, eLearning at the Webinar on “Protecting and Promoting the Visual Northeast India” organised by the University of California Los Angeles, USA and Gauhati University, India on 10 July 2021.

Sustainable Higher Education in a post-COVID World: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Philippine Higher Education Forum on 23 June 2021.

Implementing the UNESCO OER Recommendation: COL Experiences: Presentation by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist, eLearning at the online panel discussion during Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities held at Open University of Sri Lanka on 3 June 2021.

Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Commonwealth Innovation Forum and Awards 2021, 1 June 2021.

Building Resilient Education Systems for the Future: Role of ODL: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the 34th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) held in Sri Lanka on 1 June 2021.

Priorities for Sustainable Youth Development in Small State Countries: A Lightning Talk virtually presented by Dr Mairette Newman , Education Specialist: VUSSC at the Commonwealth Small States Youth Policy Boot Camp hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Cambridge on 28 May 2021.

Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Video presentation delivered virtually by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO at the Commonwealth Secretariat Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors on 19 May 2021.

Opening Remarks: OOSC Book Launch: Address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning to Focal Points and other contributors for the “Out of School Children: A Contemporary View from the Pacific Island Countries of the Commonwealth” Virtual Book Launch on 6 May 2021.

From Recommendations to Actions: Keynote presentation delivered by Dr Venkataraman Balaji, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week on 28 April 2021.

COL-Coursera Virtual Convocation for Asia Graduates of the Workforce Recovery Initiative: Convocation address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the COL-Coursera Virtual Convocation Asia on April 26, 2021.

CANTA/COL Launch of Online Platform to Host: Keynote address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO at the CANTA/COL Launch of Online CVQ Programmes for Assessors, Verifiers and Instructors on 20 April 2021.

Flexible Futures for Education in a Post-COVID World: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the FLANZ 2021 Conference for Flexible Learning on 14 April 2021.

Measuring Institutional Readiness for Flexibility in Teaching and Learning: The Ten Indicators: Keynote Presentation by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist, eLearning at the ICDE 2021 Leadership Summit, 9 April 2021.

Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO to the High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner, New Zealand on 22 March 2021.

COL-Coursera Virtual Convocation for the Pacific Graduates of the Workforce Recovery Initiative. Convocation address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President and CEO, at the COL-Coursera Virtual Convocation The Pacific, 16 March 2021

Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Commonwealth Day Virtual Event hosted by Global Affairs Canada, 8 March 2021.

Building Back Better: enabling women’s leadership: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s International Women’s Day Virtual Event on 8 March 2021.

Online education: a catalyst for reforming higher education: Webinar lecture delivered by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, organised by the School of Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India on 6 March 2021.

OER in the Time of COVID – Lessons Learned: Virtually presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO at the European Distance and E-Learning Network’s Open Education Week on 1 March 2021.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony for Introduction to Disability Needs Assessments and Assistive Technologies: Address by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO delivered on 23 February 2021.

Congratulatory message by Professor Asha Kanwar, COL President & CEO to the University of the Philippines Open University celebrating its 26th Foundation Day with the theme ” Embracing Sustainability and Celebrating Agility Amid Disruptions: Hallmarks of the University of the Future” on 23 February 2021.

Alternative assessment strategies for eLearning: Lecture delivered online by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan on 3 January 2021.

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