E-learning Platforms Roundtable

Monday 17 June 2019 (14.00-17.30), International Maritime Organization (IMO), London, UK

The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) is an independent, system-wide oversight body which, among its various missions, provides an independent view in the form of review and evaluation of various areas of significance for the efficient use of human and financial resources. System-wide coherence, coordination and collaboration are constant objective in all thematic areas reviewed. It aims at improving management and methods, as well as achieving greater coordination among the 28 participating organizations, with respect to all the topics which have an impact on the efficiency of the departments, as well as the proper use of funds. The Inspectors may propose reforms or make recommendations they deem necessary to the competent organs of the organizations (the Governing bodies – including the General Assembly of the United Nations; Executive Heads – including the Secretary-General of the United Nations).

JIU recently engaged in the reviewing of various aspects of the production, the retention and the use of knowledge as a strategic asset in the United Nations system. The first such review resulted in the publication of the following reports: “Knowledge Management in the United Nations system” (JIU/REP/2016/10); followed by “Strengthening policy research uptake in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (JIU/REP/2018/7). In both cases, partnership with academic communities appear as an inevitable necessity, in the spirit and letter of the holistic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG 17.

The third review of the “knowledge trilogy” will focus on “Policies, programmes, and platforms in support of learning: towards more coordination, coherence and convergence”. In the United Nations system, three categories of learning service providers are utilized: a) internal resources; b) United Nations system central providers, such as UNITAR and UNSSC; and c) external resources, e.g. learning and training programmes offered by universities. Therefore, this new review targets once again an area where inputs from universities are required.

JIU would like to take advantage of its participation in the 17th Annual Conference of the World Association for Sustainable Development (London, 17-19 June 2019) to invite all interested British Universities that offer e-learning programmes in areas that are relevant to the activities and mandates of the United Nations organizations – in particular regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to participate in a round-table on e-learning platforms on 17 June 2019, from 14.00-17.30.

The participants are expected to make focused presentations on:

  • The thematic orientation of their e-learning offer and the profile of potential users (including statistical data, where available) and the access policies (open, private, etc.);
  • Course formats offered in terms of duration, facilitation and interaction type (self-paced, instructor-led, collaborative, etc.) and pedagogical or instructional models;
  • The main features of their e-learning platforms: technologies utilized, deployment modes and global platforms used (if any), accessibility from different operating system and browsers;
  • Facilities offered to course takers from developing countries if available;
  • The professional profiles of lecturers, coaches, mentors, instructors who author and/or deliver those courses;
  • Other aspects related to certification, evaluation, and costs related to those programmes;
  • Where available, reference to any form of ad-hoc or systematic cooperation with organizations from the United Nations system.

Additional information about the Conference as a whole is available on the website of the Conference: For registration and further information, please contact the organizing team at: janet.snow@wasd.org.uk.