Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)
December 13, 2016 10:42 Age: 314 days

8th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF8)

Members of the USP Delegation at the PCF8 having discussions with colleagues from IIT Kanpur and COL. Image credit: Open University Malaysia

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) organised its 8th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF8) in partnership with Open University Malaysia. The Forum, held triennially, took place in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, from 27th November to 30th November 2016.

The Forum provided an opportunity for the Commonwealth community to exchange knowledge and experiences, identify important trends, and explore applications of open and distance learning in widening access, bridging the digital divide, and advancing the social and economic development of communities and countries. It brought together prominent keynote speakers, scholars, researchers and practitioners in the area of open, online and flexible learning.

The theme for PCF8 was “Open, Online and Flexible Learning: The Key to Sustainable Development” and covered various sub themes such as: 

  • Quality and Equity in Learning (Quality Assurance Frameworks, Accreditation, Certification, Benchmarking, Ranking);
  • Access and Inclusion (e-Learning, Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) Public-Private Partnership, Equitable Educational Opportunities, Policies);
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness (Business Models, Comparative Studies); and
  • Technology and Innovation (Teaching and Learning, Mobile Learning, Collaborative Learning, MOOCs, Open Educational Resources (OER).

Centre for Flexible Learning staff members, Dhiraj Bhartu, Deepak Prasad, Javed Yusuf, Eroni Racule and Deepak Bhartu participated at this Forum and were part of the University delegation led by the Vice Chancellor and President Prof. Rajesh Chandra. At the Forum, Prof. Chandra was also awarded with the COL Honorary Fellow award for the recognition of his outstanding contributions to distance education.

More information about PCF8 can be obtained from the Forum website.