"Messaging and EdTech" was originally published in the November 2016 issue of Connections, as part of the regular feature "Tech Trends".  Messaging is the most widely used application in networked communication, with billions of... Read More
"Developing Learning Design and Analytics for Student Success" was originally published in the November 2016 issue of Connections, as part of the regular feature "Our Commonwealth".  The Open University (OU) continually reviews the... Read More
New toolkit provides guidance on the monitoring and evaluation of empowerment in development projects.  Disempowerment has staggering consequences on both personal and societal levels, from poverty, food insecurity and poor health, to... Read More
Teacher support requires continuous professional development Every 5 October, the world celebrates World Teachers Day and this year marks 50 years since the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. One of... Read More
The unprecedented impact of information and communication technology and a coinciding demographic shift in many countries has created a need for skills development around the world. It is estimated that 65 per cent of children currently in... Read More
Online learning is gaining popularity in almost all parts of the world. A consequence is that learning takes place in many contexts, including the virtual classroom. Interactions in online forums, discussions on social networks such as Facebook or... Read More
My previous blog post on Five Tips for Using OER like a Pro ended on the note “If you feel that OER is a philosophy you believe in, just go ahead and practice it. Let organizations like COL work with your institution and government to put in... Read More
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is:  #PledgeForParity Through the Dakar Framework for Action1, the international community established goals for meeting the basic learning needs of every child, youth and adult by 2015,... Read More
Open Educational Resources (OER) are fast becoming a major part of the Education landscape especially with the new thrust towards “open”. Conceptually, OER are a sensible and cost-effective way of incorporating quality material, including multimedia... Read More
One of the major reasons that institutions and accreditation agencies are reluctant to accept Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as equivalent to more formal university courses, is the notion of course and credit for credentials. We are often asked... Read More