Our Approach

There have been significant advances in the science, pedagogy and technology for adult learning and motivation. The Open Learning Campus (OLC) modernizes learning using the best ideas from these advances to better leverage learning impact.

Today, practitioners in developing countries want to learn from each other’s achievements and failures. For instance, how has Korea’s success in delivering development results helped the country quickly graduate from its developing country status? How has China lifted 500 million of its people out of poverty in only three decades? How has Mexico’s Oportunidades program improved education and nutrition for millions of children?

Focused on solutions

Systematically capture and mobilize practical insights and solutions on “what works” globally, informed by local context, and share in accessible ways.


Use gaming techniques, such as storytelling, incentives and competition via points, badges and levels, to increase motivation and engagement.

Interactive and participatory

Move away from lectures to learner-centric activities, such as role-play, peer reviews, scenario analysis, simulations, live webcasts, webinars, social networks and collaborative projects.

Expert facilitation

Access international experts to provide structure, guide discussions, answer questions, build a community and widen the learning network.


Leverage many available channels, such as face-to-face, virtual classrooms, social networks and mobile technologies to strengthen interactivity, collaboration and problem-solving.

Learning from peers

Create a space for collaborative learning, enabling practitioners to ask questions, share tacit knowledge and benefit from the experiences of their peers facing similar challenges.


Use real-world problems to help learners apply and integrate development concepts. Examples include cases, problem sets, guided inquiry and reflection, learning labs and simulations.


Promote a learning environment with the latest ideas, topics, learning methods and conversations that are improved through iterative feedback loops. Knowledge captured throughout the world is continuously being shared and learned at any time and at any pace.