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3rd edition of COL’s technology-enabled learning starts October


The third edition of CommonWealth of Learning (COL)’s Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL) course will start on Oct. 28.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is designed for teachers in secondary, post-secondary and vocational education to develop their knowledge and practice in teaching and learning with technology.

COL’s Communications Manager, Obinna Okwelume, in a statement, said that using up-to-date learning design and simple, accessible technology, the course would run for five weeks on an easy-to-use learning platform.

According to him, it requires approximately three to five hours of time each week and will allow participants to learn from readings, videos and discussions with other participants as well as instructors.

He said that learners would also undertake meaningful exercises, quizzes and a short assignment to complete the experience and earn either a ‘Certificate of Completion’ or ‘Certificate of Participation’ at the end of the course.

“The TEL-MOOC has become a popular course in fulfilling a specific need of teachers in the Commonwealth.

“ In its first offer, TEL-MOOC attracted over 1,100 participants, and in its second offer, the enrolment increased by about 300 per cent with 18 per cent earning a certificate and over 67 per cent active learners.

“ We are looking forward to yet another large enrolment in this edition,” said COL’s Education Specialist: eLearning, Dr Sanjaya Mishra.

This course offering will be led by Dr M. Cleveland-Innes and Dr N. Ostashewski, both from Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada.

COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.

Hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, COL is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning.

COL empowers people through learning that leads to economic empowerment, social inclusion and environmental conservation.