The Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning Foundation (The 3CL Foundation – 3CL for short) is a public EdTech foundation registered in Malta in February 2017 to operate as an arms-length Education Foundation #LPF-246. We are funded by an annual grant from the Government of Malta, and from projects undertaken in collaboration with organisations such as the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the European Commission.
We operate as a knowledge hub for a global network of groups, agencies, institutions and educators in the rapid deployment of EdTech programmes in the Commonwealth and the EU. Much of our output is published as a public good, under a Creative Commons licence. The 3CL has a legacy of organising high-profile conferences, peer-learning events, workshops and communities of practice. We are particularly passionate about EdTech programmes and pilots that can facilitate rapid change.
Critical Communications. Connected Learning. That’s what we do.
The principles of connected learning have been part of the education vernacular for several years and before the advent of the Internet. They are built on the three core values of social equity, full participation and social connection. Connected learning advocates broadened access to learning focusing exclusively on the learner experience rather than on specific platforms or technologies.
What we do
The Foundation’s service portfolio includes:
Knowledge Brokerage (matching stakeholder needs with wants); Applied Research (focusing on Lifelong Learning, Digital & Media Literacies, and Emerging Technologies in Education); Accreditation of Online Learning (with an interest in Verifiable Credentials). Our advocacy work focuses on combating online disinformation; and promoting Inclusion & Equity through Digital Education.
We are signatories to the Groningen Declaration Network and have MOUs in place with organisations such as the ILO, RISE, GIZ, On Our Radar, and the DQ Institute.
The 3CL can activate an extensive global network to support international communities of practice and the rapid deployment of projects for the public good. We frequently collaborate with partners working on international EdTech projects which have resonance with our core service areas. If you would like to participate in the Foundation as a stakeholder, partner or expert, please get in touch.