Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Aims and objectives:
The Commonwealth of Learning was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government and is hosted by the government of Canada and headquartered
in British Columbia. COL is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation with a mandate to promote and develop open and distance learning (ODL). COL uses its expertise to encourage the use of ODL and technology-based approaches to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
Ongoing programme initiatives:
• Education: open and innovative schooling, teacher education, higher education, Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth
• Skills: technical and vocational skills development, lifelong learning for farmers, technology-enabled learning
• Cross-cutting: gender
For a list of publications, see www.col.org/publications.