Conference Hall, KLCC, 29 November: Forum participants converged at the Market Exchange to share and learn about new products and services related to open learning.
The main exhibitors were from COL and OUM, as well as the Open University of United Kingdom, with displays ranging from learning materials and products including Open Educational Resources (OERs), Innovation in Technical and Vocational Skills Training and TESSA.
There were also booths by GIRLS Inspire a Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an initiative to provide schooling and skills development to some of the world’s most vulnerable and hard-to-reach girls. The participants showcased the various activities conducted by the organisation and its affiliates from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, OUM promoted its various learning programmes and services while the International Open College (IOC), a sister institution of OUM, has a booth selling souvenirs and local crafts.
Prof Dr Roshan Mohammed Idrus from the Global Open Access Learning Centre (GOAL) of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia was impressed with the market exchange concept and would like to see more of it in future PCFs.
Dr Ir Ibrahim A Abdul from Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria, felt the exchange was a good platform in bringing people together to discuss and exchange ideas on issues of interest particularly those related to open learning.