COL speeches and presentations delivered in 2016

Convocation Address, Bangladesh Open University: Delivered at Bangladesh Open University in Gazipur, Bangladesh, 19 December 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Closing Remarks: PCF8: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 November 2016, by Dr Linda Sissons, Chair, Board of Governors, Commonwealth of Learning.


Closing Remarks: PCF8: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 November 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Opening Ceremony: PCF8: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 November 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Keynote Address: Technology and Innovation: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 November 2016, by Mr Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University.


Re-drawing the map of learning: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 November 2016, by Sir John Daniel, former President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Opening Remarks: PCF8: Delivered at the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 November 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Acceptance Speech by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, upon receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia on 24 November 2016.


Leadership and Innovation for the Future of ODL: Keynote address delivered at the EduXchange International Conference, 6 November 2016, held at Shanghai Open University, Shanghai, China, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning. 


Open Education in Asia: Changing Perspectives: Delivered at the 30th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), 27 October 2016, held in Manila, Philippines, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning. 


ICT, Education and Social Transformation: COL's Experience in "Learning for Sustainable Development" & Its Relevance to Jamaica: Presented at the ICT in Education Conference 2016 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning.


An Education Forum at CHOGM 2018?: Presented at the Education Forum Consultation Meeting in London, 20 October 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning. 


Acceptance Speech by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of Swaziland on 15 October 2016.


Empowerment of Women and Profit: The Role of Coevolution Partnership: Delivered at Session VI: Intergenerational and Cross-Collaborative Partnerships of the 11th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (11th WAMM), The Commonwealth in Apia, Samoa, 6-8 September 2016, by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning. Co-written with Alexis M. Carr, COL.


Women Leaders in Learning for Development: Delivered at Koforidua Polytechnic in Koforidua, Ghana, 3 August 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice-President, COL, and Rosanne Wong, COL.


Skilling at Scale: what are the options?: Presented at the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana, 1 August 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Can ODL reach the unreached? Lessons from the Commonwealth: Delivered at National Open University of Nigeria's Distinguished Lecture Series in Abuja, Nigeria, 27 July 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Co-written with Sanjaya Mishra, COL. 


Video Message: Delivered at the Round Table Conference of State Open Universities held at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) in Nashik, India by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


MOOCs for Development - the COL Experience: Presented at the official launch of the publication "Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy Makers in Developing Countries" at UNESCO, Paris, France, 16 June 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Smallholders’ Transformation to Business Enterprise in Africa: A Reality or a Mental Illusion? Presented at the 7th Africa Agricultural Science Week (7AASW), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Kigali, Rwanda, 14 June 2016, by Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice President, Commonwealth of Learning. Co-written with Alexis M. Carr, Tenzin Yindok, Rosemary Atieno and James Onyango.


Remarks at the COL Board of Governor's Reception in Vancouver, Canada, 9 June 2016 delivered by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.



Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented at the Commonwealth Secretariat Board Meeting (via Skype) in London, UK, 2 June 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


The Commonwealth of Learning: Promoting Learning for Sustainable Development: Presented to the Commonwealth High Commissioners luncheon in Ottawa, Canada, 26 May 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Transforming learning through innovation: the COL experience: Presented at the Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 24 May 2016, by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning. Co-written by Dr. K Balasubramanian, Vice-President, COL, and Ricky Cheng, Knowledge Services Manager, COL.


Acceptance Speech by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, upon receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Lit.) Honoris Causa from the Open University of Sri lanka on 17 May 2016.


Developing a national ODL policy: an international perspective: Keynote speech delivered at the international seminar to develop Pakistan’s first ever National Policy for Open and Distance Learning, Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 May 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


How can we use learning to support development?  Video presentation delivered at the National Student Commonwealth Forum, Ottawa, Canada, 1-6 May 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Acceptance Speech by Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning, upon receiving an honorary Doctor of the University from the Open University at the Barbican, London, UK, on 22 April 2016.


High Level Roundtable for Vice Chancellors: Introductory (17 March 2016) & Closing remarks (18 March 2016) delivered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Disciplinary Discourses in Use of Technology: Video presentation delivered at the International Conference on"Disciplinary Discourses in Use of Technology", University of Hyderabad, March 17, 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Skilling Our Youth: Keynote delivered at the 3rd eLearning and Distance Education Conference: Evolution, Challenges & Solutions, 14 March 2016, Lahore, Pakistan by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning. Co-written with Dr. K. Balasubramanian, Vice-President, COL.


An Inclusive Commonwealth: Video message delivered for Commonwealth Day 2016, 14 March 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Accelerating Gender Parity: Video message delivered for International Women's Day 2016, 8 March 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


What Openness Means to the Commonwealth of Learning: Video presentation delivered during Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016 by Professor Asha Kanwar, President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning.


Openness to me is all about 3Fs: Video presentation delivered during Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016 by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist - eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning.


ICT Integration & Digital Competencies - a must for 21st century teachersVideo presentation delivered at the Common Frameworks on ICT in ED Teacher Training: Digitally Competent Teachers, 14 January 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France by Dr. Jessica Norah Aguti, Education Specialist - Teacher Education, Commonwealth of Learning.


Connected Learning and Ag Extension: Shall the twain meet?Presented remotely at the 8th Global Communications Research Association, 5-7 January 2016 in Bangalore, India by Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, Director - Technology & Knowledge Management, Commonwealth of Learning.