Commonwealth of Learning

For General Operating Support

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  • Date Awarded
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    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
The Commonwealth of Learning promotes the development, sharing, and use of OER and assists governments and organizations as they expand the scale, efficiency, and quality of open learning. Following the 2nd World OER Congress, the group received requests from member states to support OER capacity building, policy development, and content creation. The group works with Commonwealth countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Pacific todirectly address challenges related to access, quality, equity, and costs that many developing countries face.
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for general operating support  
Commonwealth of Learning helps governments, institutions, and organizations expand the scale, efficiency, and quality of learning by using appropriate open, distance, and technology-based approaches. The group focuses on quality learning that leads to secure livelihoods and economic opportunities, greater harmony among all members of society as global citizens, and protection of the environment. The organization advances open education as part of its core strategic priorities, including building capacity for education systems to implement OER, supporting a field that is responsive to diverse educators and learners, and promoting equitable access to lifelong learning. (Substrategy: Field Building)
for international OER capacity building  
The international endorsement of the Paris Declaration on OER at the UNESCO World OER Congress in July marked a major milestone for the field. Not only did the Declaration raise international awareness about current OER initiatives worldwide, but it also endorsed the principle that publicly-funded educational projects should carry an open license. This project proposes to continue this momentum by supporting OER capacity-building workshops for tertiary education institutions in Trinidad, Tobago, and Kenya. Evidence gathered from these projects will be consolidated and shared with education policymakers in East Africa, West Africa, and the Caribbean through regional workshops. This work is complementary to the UNESCO OER project, also proposed on this docket.
for deepening the commitment of governments to the open licensing of educational materials  
Open Educational Resources has become a global movement over the past ten years. However, knowledge of OER and their potential is still sparse among leaders and policy makers in governments and institutions. Until these bodies adopt policies and practices to encourage open access to educational materials, OER will remain outside the institutional mainstream. In partnership with UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has begun to spread awareness of the value of open content beyond the ‘OER Community’ over the past two years. This grant would support a multilateral effort to secure commitments from governments in all regions of the world to the principle of open access to educational materials produced with public funds. This phase of the project would support planning and convening activities in 2011, as a prologue to the UNESCO World OER Conference in June 2012.

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