Speeches & Presentations 2019

Rethinking Openness: Experiences from the Commonwealth: Delivered online by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning on December 2, 2019 at the XXVII International Conference on Distance Education, Guadalajara, Mexico.
 

COL Governance: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the 36th Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme, 21 November 2019, London, UK.
 

Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the 36th Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme, 20 November 2019, London, UK.


Our Changing Climate: Do We Need a Shift in the Way We Learn?: Zena Daysh Lecture delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council, 19 November 2019, London, UK.


Reforming Open Universities: An International Perspective: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the 40th anniversary celebration of Zhejiang Open University, 16 November 2016, Zhejiang, China. Prepared with Tony Mays, Education Specialist: Open Schooling, COL.
 

Transforming Higher Education for the Future - New Bridges between University, Society and the World of Work: Delivered by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education at the International Association of Universities (IAU) 2019 International Conference, 13-15 November, Puebla, Mexico.
 

ICDE Book Launch Session: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, 3 - 7 November 2019, Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland.
 

ODeL in the 4th Industrial Revolution: Video presentation delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the NOLNet 4th Open and Distance Learning Conference, 23-25 October 2019, Windhoek, Namibia.


The Role of Technology as a Facilitator in the Implementation of Quality Assurance Practices for the Future of Transnational Education: Delivered by Professor Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education at the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE), 22-25 October 2019, Grenada.
 

ODL 2020 and Beyond: Video presentation delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities, 14-16 October 2019 / Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan
 

PCF9: Tip of the Iceberg -Speech in the Closing Ceremony of PCF9: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Closing Ceremony of PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 12 September 2019


AI and Education: An Intelligence Infrastructure to Empower Self-efficacy:  Special address delivered by Dr Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab, at PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 11 September 2019
 

The Future of Learning: Keynote delivered by Professor Sugata Mitra, Professor Emeritus, Newcastle University, at PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 11 September 2019
 

What the World Needs from Education: Keynote delivered by by Mr Marc Prensky, Founder and Executive Director, The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, at PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 10 September 2019
 

Empowered Youth: our Common Wealth: Keynote delivered by His Excellency Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles, at PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 10 September 2019
 

Two Great Scots: Innovators of Principle and Practice in Open Learning: Innovation for Quality Education and Lifelong Learning: Introductory remarks for the opening panel discussion by Sir John Daniel (Vice-Chancellor, UK Open University 1990-2001; President, Commonwealth of Learning 2004-2012)
 

Innovations for Quality Education and Lifelong Learning: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Opening Session of PCF9, Edinburgh, UK, 9 September 2019 (including remarks at the Gala Dinner)


COL Board Chair Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of PCF9: Delivered by Dr Linda Sissons, COL Board Chair, 9 September 2019, Edinburgh, UK.
 

Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth: Remarks in the Pre-PCF9 Interlocutors Conference: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, Edinburgh, 8 September 2019
 

Educating the African Learner in an Era of Crises: What are the Options?: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL) at the Distance Education and Teachers' Training in Africa (DETA) Conference 22 to 26 July 2019. Prepared with Dr Betty Obura Ogange, Adviser: Teacher Education, COL. 
 

Speech for Official Launch of the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL): Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the official launch of the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) on 22 July 2019.
 

Remarks at COL Board of Governors' Reception 2019: Delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Board of Governors' Reception, Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, Canada, 26 June 2019.
 

Convocation Address at Athabasca University: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at Athabasca University’s Convocation Ceremony, 8 June 2019.
 

Empowering Girls for Ending Child Early and Forced Marriage: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, and Senior Adviser: Women and Girls, Ms Frances J. Ferreira, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, 6 June 2019.
 

Learners Our Common Wealth: Towards Lifelong Learning for All: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Council for Education in the Commonwealth Annual Conference 21 to 23 May 2019. Prepared with Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL.
 

Responding to the Nadi Declaration: Can Education Deliver?: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning to the COMSEC Board, London, 16 May 2019.

 

Video Message for the 47th National Student Commonwealth Forum 2019: Video opening address by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the 47th National Student Commonwealth Forum, Ottawa, Canada, 27 April – 3 May, 2019.

 

Women Leaders in Development: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Pan-Commonwealth Training Program on Women and Leadership in ODL, 26 to 28 April 2019.

 

Reimagining the Open University in the Digital Era: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the Roundtable of Vice Chancellors of Open Universities in Asia and Africa 23 to 24 April 2019. Co-written with Dr Tony Mays, Education Specialist: Open Schooling, COL.

 

Open Educational Resources in the Pacific: Public Lecture by Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning at Fiji National University, Fiji on 11 March, 2019 and at University of Papua New Guinea on 15 March 2019.

 

Speech at Canada House Reception for Ninth Pan-Commonwealth ForumDelivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the launch of the 9th Pan-Commonwealth Forum, 12 March 2019, Canada House, London, UK.

 

President's Message for International Women's Day 2019: A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019.
 

Strategy and Planning for Innovation in TVET: The INVEST Africa Story: Delivered by Terry Neal, Education Specialist: Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) at the UNESCO-UNEVOC Virtual conference on "Innovation in TVET", 28 February 2019.
 

Convocation address at the Open University of Mauritius: Convocation address by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, upon receiving the Doctor Honoris Causa Award from the Open University of Mauritius on 21 February 2019. 

 

Ending Child Early and Forced Marriage: a holistic approach: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the GIRLS Inspire End-of-project Meeting in Tanzania, 15 February 2019. Co-written with Ms Frances Ferreira, Senior Adviser: Women & Girls, COL.

 

Achieving Lifelong Learning for All: Where are We Now? What Next?: Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning at the ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit 2019, 11 February 2019. Co-written with Ms Alexis Carr, Research Coordinator, COL, Dr K Balasubramanian, former Vice President, COL, and Dr Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist: eLearning, COL.

 

Achieving SDG 4: Are ICTs the Answer?Presented by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Education Ministers Action Group (EMAG), London, UK, 24 January 2019.

 

Collaborate, Complement and Connect: Presented by Dr Venkataraman Balaji, Vice-President, Commonwealth of Learning, at the Education Ministers Action Group (EMAG), London, UK, 24 January 2019.