The Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) was established in the year 2006 to facilitate the administrative and academic support activities of study programs offered in open and distance learning mode.

CODL@UoM was established to fulfill the administrative and logistical tasks of offering degrees in open and distance mode. Students who register for direct on-line mode have access to all the course materials and assignments on-line.  Further on-line tutors/ mentors also assist in academic as well as administrative matters. Those who have registered through the University of Moratuwa accredited partner organizations have face to face teaching sessions conducted by qualified lecturers in the partner organizations as well as all the course materials and assignments provided on-line. Today in addition to providing a high quality degree programme in ODL mode we have been able to do so at a very competitive cost enabling students who could not gain admission to a state university to have government funded education, to gain an opportunity to obtain the degree without much of a financial burden. CODL works in close collaboration with the local IT industry and government who are the potential employers of the graduates to identify the emerging needs of knowledge and skills that must be incorporated into the teaching learning process. Inculcating attitudes required by the world of work is a core area of attention of the CODL. Centre works together with the Faculty of IT to enhance and update the curriculum to meet these evolving demands.