MOOC on Sustainable Business


We are pleased to inform you that the Commonwealth of Learning has collaborated with the Open University of Mauritius to develop a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled ‘Introduction to Sustainable Development in Business.’

This course covers topics including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the challenges and complexities in achieving them, as well as sustainable trade, sustainable production and consumption, perspectives on the sustainable business scorecard and more. The MOOC will begin on 31 May 2019 and continue for a four-week period. A certificate of completion will be awarded by the Open University of Mauritius with the Commonwealth of Learning.

We encourage you to disseminate this information to students at your institution/potential candidates in your organisation. Please find attached a flyer for the course that can be distributed to the students. To register and find out more information, they can visit


Click here to download the course brochure.

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Back to School: Pathways for Reengagement of Out-of-School Youth in Education


“The rationale of this study rests on a protracted social and global problem: the large number of out-of-school adolescents and youth, especially those living in adverse life circumstances. Young people who are excluded from education often face multiple and overlapping disadvantages. Globally, 263 million children, adolescents, and youth in the age group of 6–17 years are out of school, according to United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Institute of Statistics (UIS dataset, February 2018). Of these, about 76 percent are adolescents and youth of lower- and upper-secondary school age, and more than 150 million youth are from regions facing fragile and conflict situations. Considering that currently 2 billion people are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, and that by 2030, 46 percent of the global poor are likely to be exposed to fragile and conflict situations, complex life risks such as forced displacement and related educational risks will continue to be prevalent. These also impact displaced youth living in host communities, where they tend to be exposed to socio-economic challenges.”

World Bank 2019.

Click here to read the full report

Nadeosa Quality Criteria Update Workshop



The Nadeosa Quality Criteria was published in 2005 after a conversation between the Department of Education and the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide), followed by some regional workshops with practitioners in the field. Since then, the document has been a trailblazer both locally and internationally. However, feedback from some recent distance education programs and student administration services reviews shows the need to re-visit the criteria in order to align them to the 21st century needs. Since 2005 when the criteria were published, a lot of changes have happened in
the distance education landscape. This further spells the need for revising the quality criteria in order to make them speak to the latest developments in the field.


The aim of the two-day workshop is three-fold:
i. To hold an interactive discussion where stakeholders in distance education identify existing gaps in the quality criteria;

ii. To align the criteria to meet the 21st century needs; and

iii. To suggest how DE providers could address the ever-changing field of student management and administration in the digital era.


Target audience:
Distance education institutional representatives and practitioners.


Participants should bring their own wireless-enabled laptops/tablets.
For further information contact: Dr Ruth Aluko —

Earth Day 2019


Each year on April 22, millions of people around the world come together to demonstrate their support for environmental protection. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, these actions have taken many forms, from advocacy to direct action to storytelling.

This year, in observance of Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species, we’re sharing a story from students at Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. “Myrtle’s Waste-FULL Life,” screened at the UN General Assembly as part of the first MY World 360° playlist, drops viewers into the point of view of Myrtle, an endangered sea turtle surrounded by plastics and other harmful debris that has swept into her underwater habitat. Watch the film below:

Myrtle’s Waste-FULL Life from Digital Promise Global on Vimeo.


Originally authored by Lisa Jobson is Project Director of the 360 Story Lab. Click here to read the full article.

OECS-Notesmaster St Vincent and The Grenadines Teachers Workshop


The OECS-Notesmaster Professional Development Workshop in partnership with the Ministry of Education Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was held at the National Girls Guide Building in Kingstown on April 2nd to the 5th. The four days engagement was expertly planned and executed by Ms. Semonique Harry, ICT Officer in the Ministry of Education and Mrs. Aldia Cummbs-Dyer, Senior Education Officer. While the day’s activities were conducted by Mr. Damon Clarke, Director of Notesmaster Caribbean.

The OECS-Notesmaster team understands that technology is entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most pivotally the teaching and learning experience. Therefore, proper sensitization through training and ongoing support to these communities are of paramount importance and the necessary steps have been taken by the OECS EDMU and Notesmaster to ensure a sustainable model is achieved for all member states.

The sessions had fully equipped over 100 teachers (primary & secondary) and students with a range of skills that would enable them to perform more efficiently in the rapidly evolving ICT in the education landscape, these include:

➔ Developing high-quality teaching and learning resources using the latest technological tools. This exposed participants to a wide range of tools designed to assist educators in creating locally authored content that caters to various learning styles.

➔ Retrieving and repurposing high-quality learning resources that can be used to teach their classes or shared with their virtual classes.

➔ Integrating Notesmaster in your classroom by connecting and catering to students with varying learning styles and multiple intelligences.

➔ How your students can interact with their classmates and instructors by encouraging collaboration through the toolkits and virtual environments.

➔ Creating Virtual classes, connecting remotely with students and using the suite of features effectively where school administrators and parents can track the progress of students.

➔ Joining the Virtual toolkits for each subject and connecting with other students and teachers across the Caribbean and sharing best practises.

The participants were extremely appreciative of Notesmaster in the classroom and thankful for the opportunity to further develop their digital skills. The teachers were particularly pleased as they applauded this initiative by the OECS EDMU and Notesmaster, as a well-needed confidence booster by giving them total control of what they do, and how they do it!

Article contributed by Mr. Damon Clarke

Climate Change in Education OER


“Climate change poses a major threat to humanity. Researchers and communities have shown us that climate change affects where people can live, grow food, maintain infrastructure, and be healthy. Climate change is connected with many other global issues. For example, climate change is linked to inequality and ethics because developing countries are the least responsible for climate change, yet they are the most at risk from its effects. Climate change is also linked to gender inequality because in many contexts, women and girls are more vulnerable to its effects than men. At the same time, they are also active and effective in addressing climate change and its impact.”


we need more schools around the world to adopt a whole-school approach to climate action. In a whole-school approach, students’ classroom learning about climate change is reinforced by the formal and informal messages promoted by the school’s values and actions. In other words, students – girls and boys alike – and other members of the school community live what they learn, and learn what they live.

Click here to read more about the whole-school approach to climate change.

General Body Meeting of NOS Society March 2019


General Body Meeting of NOS Society held at Noida on 29 March 2019.

Please see below for photos from the visit.


Photos and text in this article are by NIOS. CC BY 4.0

International Women’s Day


“International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8 every year. In different parts of the world the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.” United Nations

International Women’s Day 2019


COL’s President Professor Asha Kanwar shares a message for International Women’s Day 2019 to address this year’s theme of ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’. #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #WomensDay.

Open Access News Collection


In celebration of Open Education Week 2019, we have put together a collection of news feeds designed to highlight the range of relevant voices in the open access space, particularly non-North American voices.

Click here to view the full open access news page.

Open Education Week 2019


Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new. In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.

Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate.

Open is key; open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.


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Women in Educational Broadcasting


Gladys Sakala Phiri is the acting executive producer under Educational Broadcasting services in the Ministry of General Education in Zambia. Her ambition to become a television broadcaster was inspired by her father at the tender age of 13years.

Ms. Sakala holds a teaching primary certificate, a Bachelors in Adult Education and a Masters in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society Information from Dublin City University (DCU).

As a way of enhancing access to quality and equitable education, Ms. Sakala ensures continuous production and broadcasting of educational content at the country’s only educational broadcasting station whose frequency is 105FM.

Ms. Sakala is one of the pioneers of radio programmes such as “learning at Taonga market” an interactive radio instruction (IRI). These programmes aim at supplementing early, primary and secondary education for learners in conventional schools and those who are out of school.

Gladys is a passionate woman about ICTs in Education and currently, her unit is working on online streaming of educational radio programmes to vulnerable children, youth and adults in Zambia. Her quest to ensuring enhanced digital literacy in the education sector can never be overemphasized. Gladys has been very instrumental in the bringing on board and supporting the curriculum developer’s project for eContent that will sit on the Notesmaster learner management system supported by Commonwealth of Learning (COL).