This section provides information about the Pacific Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning, and the Learner Support for Open Distance and Flexible Learning (LS4ODFL) online course.

About the Pacific Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning

Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) in the Pacific is a 5-year project (2020 – 2025) funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade to support enhancing capacity and efficiency of education sectors in the Pacific through greater use of innovative delivery mechanisms and technology.

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), together with the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development (PACFOLD) are implementing the initiative.


Course code LS4ODFL
Duration 4 weeks
Workload 3 – 5 hours per week
Badges Six digital badges
Certification Certificate of Completion

What will I learn?

Upon successful completion of this microcourse, teachers will be able to provide effective learner support in Open, Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) contexts.

Certification options

Participants who successfully achieve the six digital badges summarised below for the LS4ODFL course will receive a PDF Certificate of Completion.

Digital badge Requirement
Lesson Planning Design a lesson plan for the subject that you teach.
Learner Support Plan Create a plan for the appropriate learner support for the lesson plan designed in Module 1.
Technology Selection Select a technological tool for the learner support planned in Module 2.
Quality Assurance Prepare a quality assurance checklist for the learning support plan.
LS4ODFL Participant Complete and pass an online ‘knowledge test’ quiz on core concepts covered during the LS4ODFL course.
ODFL Badge This is a cumulative badge awarded to LS4ODFL participants who have achieved the five preceding badges. Holders of the ODFL Badge will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for the course.


Any teacher is free and welcome to participate in this course. The course will be conducted in English. We recommend that you have:

  • Access to a personal computer for 3 – 5 hours per week.
  • Basic computer skills (saving files in different formats, setting up and deleting folders, starting programs, etc.).
  • Access to the internet for 3 – 5 hours per week while working online on the course.
  • Basic skills in navigating websites using a browser.