• COL’s mission is to help governments, institutions and organisations expand the scale, efficiency and quality of learning by using appropriate open, distance and technology-based approaches. In 2021 -2027, COL will: i) build on its expertise in ODL, OER and TEL to play a more influential role in national policy development and implementation; ii) invest in innovations and research; iii) support the digital transformation of institutions and organisations; iv) promote gender equality; and v) implement a rigorous monitoring and evaluation plan.

  • Globally, children with disabilities are disadvantaged in the school environment. They are also disproportionately represented among out-of-school children. COL’s new publication provides a means to address this crisis of exclusion of persons with identified and unidentified disabilities.

  • This guide describes how educators can use assistive technologies to promote an inclusive environment that accommodates the different ways learners assimilate information and learn. It introduces them to a range of assistive technologies that address individual learners’ needs and help them overcome the barriers they face.

  • In these unprecedented times, ODL can support learning in the non-formal and informal sectors, as well as the formal education sector. See this curated list of resources for policymakers, school and college administrators, teachers, parents and learners that will assist with student learning during the closure of educational institutions.

  • This brief to Ministers of Education provides examples of how governments and institutions made it possible for people to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies factors that contributed to success.

  • This publication aims to help policy makers and education leaders re-think existing models of education and training in the post-COVID-19 world. It showcases some of the most successful examples of developing policy, improving pedagogy and supporting institutional practice.