Perpectives on Open and Distance Learning: Addressing the Learning Needs of Out-of-School Children and Youths through the Expansion of Open Schooling makes a case for open schooling to be an integral part of future-looking education systems that will be more resilient to changing contexts and needs... read more
Schooling has been associated with teachers and learners interacting in physical classrooms. However, when campuses close, alternative ways need to be found to ensure continuity of learning. This document explores how distance and online learning approaches can and have been used to support... read more
Goal 4 of the SDGs aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. One target is to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education by 2030. Yet, this is impossible to achieve within present mainstream... read more
This diploma is a seven-module diploma that can be adapted for separate certificate programmes. Modules include: 1. Foundations, History and Evolution of Open and Distance; 2. Learning (ODL) and Open Schooling; 3. Open School Systems and Models; 4. OER Design, Development and Publication... read more
The expansion of secondary education is now the world’s most pressing educational challenge. This carefully prepared and thoroughly researched book should inspire policy-makers and educational planners to explore how open schooling can expand secondary education cost-effectively in their... read more
Value for Money Review and Social Return on Investment Analysis Du Viver, Ed Between 2012 and 2015, COL provided financial support and other inputs for a range of processes and activities that were intended to promote the establishment of new open schooling programmes in Vanuatu and Belize, amongst... read more
Open schooling is becoming increasingly prevalent in many developing countries. Enrolment numbers are rising rapidly, particularly at the secondary school level. But quality assurance remains limited. Open schooling must mean access to quality education, otherwise its introduction becomes... read more
These self-instructional resources have their origins in a workshop on the Costs and Financing of Open & Distance Learning which took place from 6-10 August 2007 in Gabarone, Botswana. The workshop was sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) with the overall aim of building capacity to... read more
This book is one in a developing series of handbooks for practitioners in open and distance learning (ODL). The series covers the key roles and functions of ODL systems from the practitioner perspective. The purpose is to give practitioners advice and guidance about their tasks, functions and roles... read more
A selection of available resources that are available to download from the COL website, via COL’s institutional repository. These publications will be valuable resources for those interested in broadening access, creating flexible learning opportunities for out-of-school youth and adolescents, and... read more