Commonwealth of Learning (2009) Expanding e-learning for international organizations Connections, Vol. 14, No. 1


Sixty-five staff members from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are taking part in “Operational Data Management for UNHCR”, which provides training in effective practices for collecting, organising, presenting and storing data for management information and results-based management. A blended learning initiative, it involves distance learning, a workshop and project work. The current cohort will finish the programme in mid-2009.

COL has also been commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a debt management eLearning programme.

Seeing the success of the “Writing Effectively for UNICEF” course customised for the India country office, the Bangladesh country office of UNICEF requested that a version be adapted for their country staff. The UNICEF course, which has reached 94 learners based in India and 30 in Bangladesh, is the first to serve the distinctive needs of country offices.

Following the positive launch of “The Online Writing Programme” developed for World Bank staff, COL has been contracted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to create a similar writing skills course for their staff. COL is tailoring the course for the IADB context; course delivery will begin in mid-2009.


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