Recognising the transformative power of technology to improve access and increase the quality of learning, COL focuses on Policy-Technology-Capacity as a triangle to implement technology-enabled learning. The Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL) initiative considers the appropriate use of any form of technology for teaching and learning: open educational resources (OERs), online learning, mobile devices, and massive open online courses, as well as low-cost technologies such as audio and video, radio and TV. The TEL initiative promotes skills development and innovation in the areas of information and communications technology (ICT) to help Commonwealth governments improve the livelihoods of their citizens. One of its project is to work with educational institutions to implement TEL to improve:
While the overall approach taken is scholarly in nature, the specific activities in this project include a baseline study of the institution via a survey of ICT use by teachers and students; a Policy Review and Infrastructure Audit (PRIA) of the institution; the development of a draft report and a draft policy for TEL; consultation with institutional stakeholders through a visioning workshop; approval of the policy by the appropriate statutory bodies of the institution; capacity building for the implementation of TEL; the development of an implementation plan for two to three years; and and monitoring and evaluation.
Considering the capacity and resources available at COL in a particular financial year, institutions are selected based on requests received from countries and governments, with consideration given to regional balance.
Related resource: Technology-Enabled Learning Implementation Handbook