International Partnership of Distance and Online Learning for COVID-19 Launched

20 April 2020, Burnaby, BC, Canada — The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning is a worldwide concern, with over 1.5 billion learners not attending schools. Keeping the doors of learning open during this crisis is the responsibility of all stakeholders in education. Over the last fifty years, open and distance education institutions have offered quality teaching and learning at a distance using a range of technologies – print, radio, television, computer and the Internet. New developments in web technologies and increasing access to mobile applications open new possibilities. As an intergovernmental organisation, COL has the mandate to promote the use of distance learning and technologies for increasing access to quality education and training in the Commonwealth.” COL, 2020


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