The strategic objective of CEMCA is to promote co-operation and collaboration in the use of electronic media resources for distance education. The specific objectives are to:
COL/CEMCA has identified five core strategies to achieve outcomes and impact: partnerships, capacity, materials, models and policy. In practice, most COL/CEMCA activities incorporate more than one of these strategies and, in some cases, all five.
Partnership refers to a dynamic relationship between organisations and institutions based on mutually agreed goals with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. CEMCA/COL partners with government agencies, public institutions, civil society and other organisations to improve and extend teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth. Partnerships are based on collaboration and shared values and goals.
Capacity development refers to processes that enable people and organisations to achieve their objectives more effectively. This can mean training but also networking and other processes that enable and empower people and organisations to develop appropriate policies, adopt and adapt models, and develop and use materials. In short, capacity development pervades all CEMCA activities. It focuses primarily on human resource development.
By materials, COL/CEMCA means learning and teaching resources. These can be course materials, toolkits and frameworks for quality or policy-making. Course materials, and often also the toolkits and frameworks, are produced by partners with COL/CEMCA support. CEMCA publishes all its new learning resources as Open Educational Resources (OER).
A model is a coherent set of structures and processes that has been shown to work in more than one context to achieve specific results. CEMCA is working to develop sustainable models for Community Radio Stations, and also develop new models of delivery of Open Schooling. In the past it has developed the model guidelines for Quality Assurance of Multimedia Learning Materials.
A policy is a high-level statement of ambition that specifies the outcomes to be achieved and that guides decision-making through a defined course of action. COL/CEMCA supports the development of policy for organisations and institutions as well as for governments. Promoting the use of Open Distance and technology-enabled learning, and use of Open Educational Resources require policy development at national and institutional level, and CEMCA/COL supports such initiative through capacity building and advocacy.