About me

A little about me

I recently moved to London, United Kingdom where I joined the Commonwealth Secretariat (http://thecommonwealth.org). In this role, I am focusing on developing the education KnowledgeHub to connect education professionals through communities of practice and knowledge sharing activities.


In my personal capacity, I read and curate information on OER and ICT in Education (http://www.scoop.it/t/ict-oer-in-education) and Leadership (http://www.scoop.it/t/business-sense-by-paul-west).


Prior to this, I lived in Pretoria, South Africa from 2010 to 2015, where I worked to establish South Arica's national Career Development Service (http://www.careerhelp.org.za). My accomplishments included establishing a national career advisory helpline, promotion of career advice through radio, telephone, social media and Internet, and the establishment of the National Career Advice Portal (http://ncap.careerhelp.org.za).


Previously, I lived in Canada for 9 years where I was Director: Knowledge Management and Information Technology at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). I joined COL in August 2001 as Education Specialist: Knowledge Management and became a Director in July 2006.


I led the establishment of the multi-national “Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth” initiative, a collaboration of Ministries of Education in 32 countries (www.col.org/vussc). I also led COL’s work in copyright (www.col.org/copyright).


I worked at Technikon SA for 12 years, during which time I lectured in Management; established non-formal education at the institution; supported the creation of institutes and the establishment of ICT centres to support learners. I conceptualised and established the African Digital Library, a service that provides full-text eBooks to residents of African countries via the Internet.

Paul G. West

Member of the Global OER Graduate Network


Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa


Generally, I'm fairly open minded about copyright. If you like something on my that I created, you are welcome to use it. Check if I have maybe linked to another site, in which case that site's copyright license will apply.

Where I draw the line is if you are going to make lots of money from the work I do! In this case, please contact me so that we can work something out. If in doubt, please write to me. Please check the copyright license of each item that is linked to on this site.

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I am currently living in London, United Kingdom where I work at The Commonwealth Secretariat on the Commonwealth Education Hub.  

I am interested in technologies that can help to bring useful learning to the many millions of people who remain locked outside of formal educaiton systems.