Speeches & Presentations 2018

Opening Remarks: Asia Focal Points Meeting: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Asia COL Focal Points Meeting, New Delhi, India, 10 December 2018.


Open Educational Practices and Quality Assurance: Leaving No One Behind!: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the International Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (ICODeL), 26 November 2018. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL, and Mr Ricky Cheng, Knowledge Services Manager.


Achieving SDG 4 - Are ICTs the Answer: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the United Nationals Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France, 6 November 2018, to address how ICTs can help achieve progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


Human Resource Development and Lifelong Learning for Open Universities: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities, 26 October 2018. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL.


International Day of the Girl 2018 Message: With Her: A Skilled GirlForce: A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on the International Day of the Girl, 11 October 2018.


World Teachers' Day 2018 Message: The Right to Education Means the Right to a Qualified Teacher: A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on World Teachers' Day, 5 October 2018.


Opening Remarks: Africa and the Mediterranean Focal Points Meeting: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Africa and the Mediterranean COL Focal Points Meeting, Gaborone, Botswana, 24 September 2018.


Commonwealth of Learning - Governance: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 35th Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme, London, United Kingdom, 20 September 2018.


Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 35th Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme, London, United Kingdom, 18 September 2018.


Promoting Digital Education Leadership for Lifelong Learning: Presented by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning, at the eLearning Korea 2018: International Conference, COEX Convention Centre, Seoul, Republic of South Korea, 14 September 2018.


Why Open Learning is of Increasing Importance not just for Distance Providers: Video presentation delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Open Learning Conference 2018, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 September 2018.


Opening Remarks: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Caribbean COL Focal Points Meeting, 30 August 2018, New Kingston, Jamaica.


Innovations in Higher Education: Re-Imagining Learning: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 17th Annual Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, 13 July 2018. Co-written with Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, Commonwealth of Learning.


Global Trends in OER: What is the Future?: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE), Hong Kong SAR, 4 July 2018. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL.


Report to the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors Meeting, 28 June 2018, London, United Kingdom.


Developing an ODL Policy: A Commonwealth Perspective: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the University of the Gambia, Banjul, The Gambia, 22 June 2018. Co-written with Dr Kirk Perris, Adviser, Education, Commonwealth of Learning.


Getting Practical About SDG4 in Teacher Education in Africa: Lecture delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at The Gambia College, Banjul, The Gambia, 21 June 2018. Co-written with Ricky Cheng, Knowledge Services Manager, Commonwealth of Learning.


The Commonwealth of Learning at 30: Reflections by Sir John Daniel, O.C. (President of COL 2004-12) on COL's 30 years of service to the Commonwealth, 14 June 2018.


Speech at COL's 30th Anniversary Reception: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at COL's 30th Anniversary Reception, Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, Canada, 13 June 2018.


Technology Enabled Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Dr Alison Mead Richardson, Education Specialist: Technical & Vocational Skills Development, Commonwealth of Learning, at the International Forum on Dual Education & Corporate Responsibility, Puebla, Mexico, 31 May 2018.


Collaborative Approach to OER Policy and Guidelines Development in the Commonwealth: The Case of Botswana, Cameroon and Sri Lanka: Presented by Dr Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser: Open Educational Resources, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Festival of Learning 2018, Vancouver, Canada, 30 May 2018.


Leadership and Innovation for the Future of ODL: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 2nd High Level Roundtable for Vice Chancellors & Heads of ODL Institutions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 May 2018.


Learning in the Era of Digital Transformation: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at a public lecture, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia, 8 May 2018. Co-written with Dr Venkataraman Balaji, COL.


Video Message for the 46th National Student Commonwealth Forum 2018: Video opening address by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 46th National Student Commonwealth Forum, Ottawa, Canada, 29 April – 4 May, 2018.


Our Common Future: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Foreign Ministers Meeting, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), London, UK, 20 April 2018. Co-written with Dr K Balasubramanian, Vice-President, COL.


Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage: A Holistic Approach: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Women's Forum, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), London, United Kingdom, 18 April 2018. Co-written with Ms Frances Ferreira, COL.


COL in the Commonwealth: Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Foreign Ministers Meeting, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), London, United Kingdom, 18 April 2018.


Educate to Empower: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonealth of Learning, at the Women's Forum, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 17 April 2018, London, UK. 


Inclusive Education for Inclusive Societies: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonealth of Learning, at the People's Forum, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 16 April 2018, London, UK.


Quality Assurance in Blended Learning: Standards and Rubrics: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, COL, at a quality assurance workshop (as part of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-20 April 2018.


Quality Assurance in Blended Learning: Designing Blended Learning Programs: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, COL, at a quality assurance workshop (as part of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-20 April 2018.


Quality Assurance Tools: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, COL, at a quality assurance workshop (as part of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-20 April 2018.


Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Definitions and Trends: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, COL, at a quality assurance workshop (as part of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-20 April 2018.


Partnership for Enhanced Blended Learning: Quality Assurance Workshop: Presented by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education, COL, and Dr Kirk Perris, Adviser: Education, COL, at a quality assurance workshop (as part of the Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning (PEBL) project), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-20 April 2018.


Open Innovative Schooling: Presented by Dr Johan Hendrikz, Senior Adviser: Open Schooling, Commonwealth of Learning, to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston, Jamaica on 9 and 10 April 2018.


Indian Higher Education: Role of Library Professionals: Keynote Address presented by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning, at the National Seminar on "Recent Trends and Practices in Librarianship," 24 March 2018, Sambalpur University, Burla, India.


Key Issues in Technology-Enabled Learning: Policy Considerations: Presented by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Workshop on Policy Development for Technology-Enabled Learning, 19 March 2018, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.


Research Trends in Educational Technology: Some Observations: Lecture delivered by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning, at the SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India, on 16 March 2018.


COL in the Commonwealth - Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Video presentation delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, for the Senior Officials Meeting and Committee of the Whole Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK, 21 March 2018.


Smart OER: Bridges for Sustainable Education: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at Innovation Arabia 11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 March 2018. Co-written with Dr Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser: Open Educational Resources and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning.


Higher Education in an Age of Disruption: Keynote address delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at Innovation Arabia 11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 March 2018. Co-written with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning.


International Women's Day 2018 Message: Press for Progress: A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on International Women's Day 2018 (8 March).


2018 Open Education Week Message: A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning for 2018 Open Education Week (5 March).


Skills for Development: Paradigm Shift: Presented by Dr K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Minsterial Roundtable of the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 22 February 2018, Nadi, Fiji.    


COL in the Commonwealth: Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: COL's report to Ministers, presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 21 February 2018, Fiji.


The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth: Its journey, evolution and future:  Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 20 February 2018, Fiji.


COL in the Commonwealth: Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Senior Officials Meeting, 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 20 February 2018, Fiji.


Open Textbooks, Open Education Resources and MOOCs in the Commonwealth: Presented by Dr Venkataraman Balaji, Director: Technology and Knowledge Management at the Integrated People’s Forum, 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 19 February 2018, Fiji.


Opening Remarks: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Roundtable on Open Textbooks for the Commonwealth, Integrated Peoples Forum, 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 19 February 2018, Fiji.


Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver?: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Opening Panel, Integrated People’s Forum, 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 19 February 2018, Fiji.


Fifteen years of OER: the road ahead: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Pacific COL Focal Points Meeting, 17 February 2018, Fiji.


The Role of the Focal Point: Presented by Dr Alison Mead Richardson, Education Specialist: Technical & Vocational Skills Development at the Pacific COL Focal Points Meeting, 16 February 2018, Fiji.


Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Pacific COL Focal Points Meeting, 16 February 2018, Fiji.


Opening Remarks: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO at the Pacific COL Focal Points Meeting, 16 February 2018, Fiji.