"Students today need access to the digital tools and media-rich resources that will help them explore, understand, and express themselves in the world they will inherit tomorrow.” (Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
Despite the phenomenal growth of access to mobile technologies, there is an inequitable distribution of access to information and communication technologies (ICT) for learning in developing countries of the Commonwealth. While many governments are making special efforts to increase bandwidth as well as distribute computing devices, there is the need for more coherence in policy. At the same time, continuing and new efforts must be made to develop the capacities of teachers and learners to make effective use of appropriate technologies for learning.
Technology-enabled learning aims to focus on increasing access to quality teaching and learning by supporting policy formulation and innovation in the application of ICT in education, and the development of ICT skills. COL believes that for technology to have a transformative effect on teaching and learning, it is necessary to focus on Policy-Technology-Capacity as a triangle and to base practice on research evidence. COL works with a range of technologies for teaching and learning, including mobile devices, online learning, and low-cost technologies such as audio and video, radio and TV.
In order to accelerate skills development and innovation in the areas of ICT to help Commonwealth governments improve the livelihoods of their citizens, COL engages with governments, industry and academic institutions to develop relevant courses and facilitate the development of 21st-century skills amongst learners at all levels.
The Technology-Enabled Learning initiative:
- Develops ICT in education and open educational resources (OER) policies and strengthen policy implementation.
- Supports research on technology-enabled learning for evidence-based advocacy and decision-making.
- Works with government, industry and academic institutions to develop relevant and innovative courses.
- Helps institutions to use technology-enabled learning for programme delivery.
- Promotes the use of open technologies, and OER for skills development.
- Implements tested models at scale and develop new models for learning, using emerging technologies.