Speeches & Presentations 2017

Accessible OER: Where to Start?: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility, 20 December 2017, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Co-written with Dr Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser: OER, COL and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL.


Making ODL Inclusive: The Role of Technology: Keynote presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility, 19 December 2017, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Co-written with Mr Ricky Zhiyong Cheng, Knowledge Services Manager, COL.


Can Open Learning Transform Society?: Keynote presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU), 16 December 2017, Guwahati, India. Co-written with Dr K Balasabramanian, Vice President, COL and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL.


Massive Open Online Courses for Development (MOOC4D): Presented by Dr Ventakaraman Balaji, Director of Technology and Knowledge Management at a Faculty Workshop on a MOOC on Life Skills for Engineers, Kanpur, India, 27 November 2017.


What Role Can Distance and Blended Learning Play in Higher Education?: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Educational Specialist: Higher Education, Commonwealth of Learning, at the third event of the Wilton Park Youth Dialogues series (conference titled Organising for Change: How Can Higher Education Meet the Changing Needs of Employment?), South Africa, 14 November 2017.


Massive Open Online Courses for Development (MOOC4D): Presentation by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO and Dr Venkataraman Balaji, Director of Technology and Knowledge Management, Commonwealth of Learning. Delivered by Dr Venkataraman Balaji at the Pre-Conference Symposium of the 2017 E-Learn — World Conference on E-Learning, 17 October 2017, Vancouver, Canada.


Expanding Access, Openness and Flexibility: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age — Re-thinking Teaching & Learning, 17 October 2017, Toronto, Canada.


Promoting Use and Contribution of Open Educational Resources: Presented by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Pre-Conference Symposium of the 2017 E-Learn — World Conference on E-Learning, 17 October 2017, Vancouver, Canada.


Assistance to Member States: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 34th Diplomats Induction Programme, 2 October 2017, London, UK.


Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 34th Diplomats Induction Programme, 2 October 2017, London, UK.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 2nd World OER Congress, 18 September 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Opening Speech: 2nd World OER Congress: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 2nd World OER Congress, 18 September 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Learning to live together: Can technology help?: Presented via Skype by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the The 9th Olympiad of the Mind, 14 September 2017, Chania, Crete, Greece. Co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President and Alexis Carr, Research Coordinator, COL.


Getting Practical About SDG 4 in Teacher Education in Africa: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa (DETA) Conference, 23 August 2017, Kigali, Rwanda. Co-written with Mr Ricky Cheng, COL.


Looking Ahead for COL: Reimagining the Future of Learning: ​Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030, 11 July 2017, Qingdao, China. Co-written with Dr Venkataraman Balaji.


From Policy to Practice: Lessons from the Commonwealth: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the International Forum on ICT and Education 2030, 10 July 2017, Qingdao, China. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra.


Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors Meeting, 1 June 2017, London, United Kingdom.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Pacific OER Regional Consultation, 29 May 2017, Auckland, New Zealand. Co-written with Dr K. Balasubramanian, Vice-President, COL, and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL.


Opening Remarks: Pacific OER Regional Consultation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Pacific OER Regional Consultation, 29 May 2017, Auckland, New Zealand.


The Development of Open Education Resources (OER) for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Assessor Training: Presented by Dr Alison Mead Richardson, Education Specialist: Technical and Vocational Skills Development, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 3rd International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean, 9-12 May 2017, Montego Bay, Jamaica.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Latin America and Caribbean Open Educational Resources Regional Conference, 3 April 2017, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL and Dr Ishan Abeywardena, COL.


Opening Remarks: Latin America and Caribbean OER Regional Consultation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Latin America and Caribbean OER Regional Consultation, 3 April 2017, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education: Presented by Dr. Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser - Open Educational Resources, Commonwealth of Learning, on 28 March 2017, at the keynote presentation for Open Education Week at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.


Aptus: A Potential Support System for Education in Emergencies: Workshop presented by Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, Director - Technology and Knowledge Management, Commonwealth of Learning, on 22 March 2017, at the Mobile Learning Week 2017, Paris, France.


International Women’s Day 2017 Message: Women in the Changing World of Work: A video message delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2017. 


Speech at the Launch of the Blue Economy Course: University of Seychelles: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the launch of the Blue Economy course, 7 March 2017, University of Seychelles, Anse Royale, Seychelles. Co-written with Mr John Lesperance, COL.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Africa Open Educational Resources Regional Consultation, 2 March 2017, Port Louis, Mauritius. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL.


Opening Remarks: Africa OER Regional Consultation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Africa OER Regional Consultation, 2 March 2017, Port Louis, Mauritius.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Middle East and North Africa Open Educational Resources Regional Conference, 27 February 2017, Doha, Qatar. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL and Mr John Lesperance, COL.


Opening Remarks: Middle East and North Africa OER Regional Consultation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Middle East and North Africa OER Regional Consultation, 27 February 2017, Doha, Qatar.


OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Europe Open Educational Resources Regional Conference, 23 February 2017, Valletta, Malta. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra and Dr Venkataraman Balaji, COL.


Opening Remarks: Europe OER Regional Consultation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Europe Open Educational Resources Regional Conference, 23 February 2017, Valletta, Malta.


Message on the Launch of the National Qualifications Framework of Jamaica: A video message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on the launch of the National Qualifications Framework of Jamaica on February 15, 2017.


 Structure, Function and Impact of Lifelong Learning Using ICT and ODL: Keynote address presented at the “Expanding Horizons in ODL”, ODLAA 2017 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 6 February 2017, by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning, based on a study conducted by Alexis Carr, Rosemary Atieno, Mamudu Akudugu, James Onyango and K. Balasubramanian. 


Open Educational Resources: Innovation in Higher Education?: Presented at the University of Ibadan for the Training Programme on Open Distance Learning Skills, Ibadan, Nigeria, 26 January 2017, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented at the 2nd Meeting of Education Ministers Action Group (via Skype) in London, UK, 19 January 2017, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.