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Commonwealth Launches New Platform For Digital Education Skills



Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has launched an online platform named Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA), according to a statement weekend.

It added that the move is in recognition of  the need for digital education skills for lifelong learning and access to quality education for all in the commonwealth countries and that it is an open access platform for both teachers and students to improve their skills through repetition and practice at their own time, space and pace.

COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.


The platform is designed to assist teachers and students to (i) assess their digital education skills; (ii) learn digital education skills based on areas that needs improvements, and (iii) receive a certificate according to their depth of understanding-Beginner, Intermediate and Fluent. The platform allows students and teachers to develop communities and demonstrate their effective use of digital education tools, and thereby influence others as leaders in digital education skills.


Launching the platform, COL’s Education Specialist: eLearning, Dr Sanjaya Mishra said “Digital Education skills will be the primary skills for success in the 21st century. Through this platform COL intends to strengthen the digital education skills environment in the Commonwealth.” Working with the governments and educational institutions of Commonwealth Member States, COL will support the adoption of C-DELTA to create an enabling environment and culture of lifelong learning.


The curriculum framework for C-DELTA has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The modules have been developed by experts and peer-reviewed by an advisory group from across the Commonwealth, under the leadership of Dr Laura Czerniewicz and Dr Cheryl Brown.


COL is hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, COL is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. COL empowers people through learning that leads to economic empowerment, social inclusion and environmental conservation.

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