Commonwealth of Learning

For Regional Consultations On OER In Preparation For The 2nd World OER Congress

  • Amount
    $400,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/7/2016
  • Term
    15 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organization that encourages the development and use of open and distance education, including Open Educational Resources (OER). Together with UNESCO, the group will organize and host regional consultations with governments, educational institutions, and civil societies to examine the challenges of mainstreaming OER and lay the groundwork for the 2nd World OER Congress, to be held in the fall of 2017. This work supports the Education Program’s goals of encouraging governments and international institutions to strengthen policies that support OER, and creating and distributing openly licensed materials in the developing world.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.col.org 
Address
1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 1200
Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9 Canada
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The 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 organization 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 group advances open education as part of its core strategic priorities. In doing so, it promotes equitable access to lifelong learning and supports countries in implementing policies and practices to sustain effective use of OER.
for general operating support  
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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