About The Commonwealth Education Hub

4 Circles - aboutThe Commonwealth Education Hub is a pilot initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat to support the community of education professionals and policy-makers committed to quality learning for all Commonwealth citizens. The Hub facilitates ConnectionConsultation, Collaboration, Collection

Work with us to connect the dots, consult on emerging and critical issues, collaborate on solutions and collect lessons learnt and promising practices. Let’s construct knowledge and understanding.

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” – Malcolm Gladwell

How It Works

The main feature is a Community of Practice, which is a moderated virtual peer-to-peer network that Commonwealth education professionals can join as members by subscribing to a moderated mail group. Participation is via email and members can request or share good practices, comparative experience and lessons learnt, seek expertise, as well as initiate or participate in discussions to share views and opinions on current issues and debates. The Community of Practice is actively moderated by a two-person Facilitation Team with education experience and expertise, and can provide desk research support.  The second feature of The Commonwealth Education Hub is this website, which serves as the virtual home and online presence for the Community of Practice and contains information, documented knowledge and other curated resources that are relevant to education professionals across the Commonwealth.

Rethinking learning spaces

The Education Hub offers a space to rethink the path to learning and associated spaces. It reflects on quality teaching and learning, pedagogical practices, teacher development and performance, global qualification standards, ICT integration in education and training, opportunities for economic growth and investment and pathways that meet both the dynamic needs of all learners from a lifecycle approach. The Community of Practice also serves as a space to keep participants of the triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) connected between meetings and continue unfinished conversations.

Services to Members

Members of the Common Knowledge Education Hub have access to the following four core services:4C iconsConnection Service: The Hub connects over 650 education policymakers and professionals from across 53 Commonwealth countries through the Community of Practice, which is an email-based network. In addition to being connected virtually, members also have the opportunity to interact face-to-face during periodic meetings organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Consultation Service: Once connected through the Community mailgroup, members can query their peers for recommended knowledge resources, best practices, comment on draft research or policy papers, programmes and projects, and participate in virtual discussions or debates in a brainstorming format to identify insights and issues.  Results of the query or contributions to discussions are then synthesised by the Facilitation Team, with supplementary desk research, into a knowledge product called “Discussion Summary” that is searchable and accessible through the Community Discussion page on the Hub website.

Collection Service: Through this website, the Hub offers access to a curated collection of digital knowledge resources that include good practices, select publications, research, tools and guides, special reports, country report cards, as well as the “Discussion Summary,” which is a product of the Community of Practice.

Collaboration Service:  The Hub supports collaboration by sharing information, connecting people, commissioning special joint initiatives, and offering the tool for team collaborations.  This service is available to members who wish to form smaller groups to collaborate on joint initiatives; it provides access to a secure online team workspace through the Commonwealth Secretariat’s “Commonwealth Connects” platform.   The password protected space will allow group members to store and edit version-controlled documents as well as use other collaborative tools such as whiteboards, discussion boards, calendars, and member profiles.

In addition to the above, members will also be able to access the Education Hub’s Expert Referral Service once the Roster is rolled out.

Who Should Join

Membership to the Education Hub and Community of Practice is open to Commonwealth education professionals from government, research and academic institutions, foundations, bilateral, multilateral and inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and advocacy groups, private sector, and groups representing education administrators and teachers.

How to Join

To join The Commonwealth Education Hub and Community of Practice, sign up here, or for more information contact the Facilitation Team at eduhub@commonwealth.int.