Online Discussion Forums

Four online discussion forums will be held this summer leading up to the Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Calgary, Canada, from 14 to 16 September 2022. The conference theme is “Innovations for Educational Resilience,” and each forum will focus on one of the four sub-themes.

Each forum will be open for two weeks. Anyone in the world who is interested can join and actively participate. The summary of these discussions would feed into the deliberations of the main conference and help the hosts identify recommendations for common action.

The schedule and topics for the sub-themes are as follows:

  • The first online discussion forum on “building resilience” will take place from 1 to 15 June 2022.
  • The second online discussion forum on “fostering lifelong learning” will take place from 16 to 30 June 2022.
  • The third online discussion forum on “inspiring innovations” will take place from 1 to 15 July 2022.
  • The fourth online discussion forum on “promoting equity and inclusion” will take place from 16 to 30 July 2022.

Interested participants can register online. Registration is required and is open until 28 May 2022.

Building resilience, 1 to 15 June 2022

The online discussion forum on “building resilience” will focus on the economic, political, and cultural aspects of educational disruption and ways to build resilience. In particular, this forum will explore how new models of teaching and learning can promote resilience. Issues related to policies and political commitment for supporting learners, teachers, and parents to adopt the new normal in education will be considered. Participants in the forum will examine ways to leverage existing capacities to support communities which will also include discussions on financing of new models of education, reallocation of budget for building back better and systematic implementation of existing approaches to foster open education for resilience.

Fostering lifelong learning, 16 to 30 June 2022

The forum will focus on the role of open and distance learning in fostering lifelong learning amidst divergent trends and global disruptions. Discussions during the first week will focus on initiatives from national governments and development partners to foster lifelong learning. During the second week, discussions will revolve around initiatives aimed at fostering lifelong learning at institutional and community level.

Inspiring innovations, 1 to 15 July 2022

This forum will explore various applications of technology-enabled learning for in-person teaching, blended, and online learning. Participants will discuss ways in which innovations with new and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Virtual Reality (AR/ VR), etc. might support effective learning, towards resilience in education.

Promoting equity and inclusion, 16 to 30 July 2022

This online discussion forum will focus on the role of Open and Distance Learning in addressing major inequality gaps and explore how we can leverage technology to promote diversity, equality and inclusion. Participants will have an opportunity to identify, interrogate and explore ideas, strategies, practices, and models that can promote equity and inclusion at all levels of the education system.

Registration for the online discussion forums is open until 28 May 2022.