International Women’s Day


“Since its inception, International Women’s Day has grown into a global celebration of past and present accomplishments of women, and as an opportunity to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities for future generations of women.” UNESCO

Learning to Learn Online


Athabasca University is pleased to offer Learning to Learn Online from February 26 to April 2, 2018.

Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you develop your own personal plan and strategies for online learning success.

In this free five-week course, you will explore the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you. Activities will address common misconceptions, frustrations and fears about online learning, and introduce techniques to help overcome such obstacles and gain confidence as a learner.

Throughout the course you will be guided through an interactive and reflective process by a team of online learning specialists, with the opportunity to join in live sessions with leading researchers in online education.

Click here to enrol in Learning to Learn Online now at the Canvas Network.



World Radio Day


“Radio is the most dynamic , reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.”

Radio Education


The radio was first invented in 1895, but has been used an educational tool for the last 80 years. In celebration of World radio Day 2018 we will be exploring how the radio has influenced education across the globe.

The radio has mainly been used as an educational tool in distance learning both on a formal and in formal level. In Australia School of the Air also known as radio schools in the mid 2000s used the radio as the primary medium through which lessons were transmitted from teacher to student. The teacher would broadcast the lesson over the radio during a designated session and then the students would spend the rest of the day doing assignments through the assistance of a parent, older sibling or personal tutor. This type of educational method was known to be used in the outback of Australia where it is difficult to get to a school. However, in recent years the use of the radio has been superseded by the Internet. Nonetheless the role the radio has played in making schools of the air a success cannot be forgotten.

The radio has in the past also played an integral role in informal education and continues to do so. This has been found mainly in the agricultural sector in the rural areas of developing countries. An Example of this was in the Oshakati area of northern Namibia, local radio is part of non- formal education project entitled “cattle is our livelihood” to improve cattle keeping practice among local farmers. One of the most widespread uses of the radio as an educational tool is what is known as Farm Radio which was led by UNESCO. This consisted of forums, printed materials, two way communication and various production techniques. This was first introduced in India in 1956 and then Ghana in 1964, since then the program was rolled out several developing countries. These radio programs were mainly focused on agricultural issues, rural development, literacy, innovations and rural education.

In present day the radio is still used by Distance learning institutions such as the Open University, UK, NAMACOL, Namibia and BOCODOL, Bostwana. Where the radio is used to transmit knowledge in terms of documentaries and various different programs.

Admittedly the radio’s role in education was more widespread and influential in the early to late 2000s era; but as the Internet has emerged and taken over the globe, it has taken the place of the radio in some educational arenas. However, it is fair to say that the radio has paved the pathway for the internet in education by providing a way of reaching those in rural and less developed areas that have a limited exposure to schools. Additionally, it provided a medium in which to facilitate and grow informal educational programs that directly impact on the livelihoods of rural farmers and continues to do so today where internet in not present or there is very limited access.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science


“Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making. This throws a shadow over all efforts to reach” the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Safer Internet Day 2018


“Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.” Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day 2018


In our fast paced world where much of our day-to-day lives involve the use of the internet, it is essential that we focus on Safeguarding online. Safer Internet Day is a global celebration organised by the Safer Internet Centre. The slogan for 2018 is, “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

Click here to learn more about Safer Internet Day activities in your country.

The internet is a great place to find educational material. Open educational resources (OER) by their nature are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for anyone to access. The internet is therefore a large repository of very useful and essential information and as such needs to be a safeguarded.

Here are some tips for creating a safe online environment from JISC:

  • Review your current practices to see if there are areas that require improvement.
  • Develop or update an online safety policy that takes into account current technology and social media.
  • Provide training to your staff and students so that they are aware of what are acceptable.
  • Engage with services such as web filtering and monitoring that will prevent inappropriate and or illegal ads and pages.

To learn more about how to safe online, click here to register for this Online Safety MOOC.

Anshul Kharbanda: My visit to COL (Part 1)


I am at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Burnaby, BC for three months to learn. I arrived in Vancouver on 2nd January and joined office the next day.

My initial days were a bit tiring because of the jetlag, but I am all set now. There are many things to learn and know about COL. The most amazing thing is that people from all parts of the Commonwealth are a part of COL. They are experts in different fields and work for different initiatives to help fulfil the Strategic Plan of COL (2015- 2021).

I am working closely with Dr Johannes Hendrikz, Advisor-Open Schooling, who is my support and mentor. The objective of my visit is to explore new possibilities of collaborating with COL besides reviving the existing ones.

During my visit to COL, I have been exposed broadly to different initiatives including the Strategic Plan of COL (2015- 2021), Open Innovative Schooling (OIS) Model, Diploma in Open Schooling, Result Based Management (RBM), VUSSC platform, Aptus device etc.

My work is being scheduled so that I can get maximum exposure with various initiatives at COL.

I thank NIOS Chairman Prof. C.B. Sharma for this innovative step. I am grateful to President COL Prof. Asha Kanwar for supporting on this.


Anshul Kharbanda

COMOSA Chapter Chair – Asia

Chapter Chair: Asia


We are pleased to announce that Anshul Kharbanda has been appointed as the Chapter Chair for Asia, succeeding Dr. Rajesh Kumar.

Anshul is currently working as an Academic Officer and External Relations Coordinator in National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).


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eLearning Africa 2018: Call for Papers


The eLearning Africa 2018 Call for Papers is now open until January 30, 2018!

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Open Education Week 2018


In 2017 COMOSA Connect supported Open Education Week. This year, we are once again lending our support to promote and celebrate the global Open Education Movement. The goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

The event will run from March 5-9, 2018 and you can read more about the activities and even sign up to participate by going to their website.

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National Institute of Distance Education (INED) Mozambique


The National Institute of Distance Education, abbreviated as INED, is a public institution that coordinates and regulates distance education within the National Education System, with legal personality and administrative, technical and scientific autonomy.

The following are attributions of INED:

  • Definition of policies, regulations, strategies and plans for implementation and development of the distance education system, as well as regulate, monitor and evaluate their implementation;
  • Guarantee of the functioning of the national distance education network and adequate use of the resources involved;
  • Creation and development of a system of accreditation and quality assurance of distance education.

Contact: Sérgio Cossa

Address: Avenida Salvador Allende, nº 1060, Bairro da Polana, City of Maputo-Mozambique

Phone: +258 21 48 76 29