Supporting higher education institutions across Africa

in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance teaching and learning.
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Welcome to OER Africa

OER Africa is an initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.

OER Africa is undertaking collaborative work to develop critical cognitive skills and competences of key higher education stakeholders to harness OER practices in ways that resolve some of the deep-seated pedagogical challenges facing African higher education institutions.

We are:

  • Researching key professional development needs in targeted institutions
  • Developing and testing effective models of continuous professional development for supporting OER practices, and
  • Sharing knowledge gained through a range of mechanisms. Read more


What's New

A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

An important new resource has just been timeously released during Open Education Week. The question of “what makes a good actor or not” in OER is one that Lisa Petrides, founder and CEO of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, has addressed in a new guide for OER stewardship. ISKME is the organization behind the OER Commons, a public OER library.

Guide to Good OER Stewardship

Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South


This volume examines aspects of educator and student adoption of OER and engagement in Open Educational Practices (OEP) in secondary and tertiary education as well as teacher professional development in 21 countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

OER in the Global South

OER Article Review

Self-Publishing Guide: BC Open Textbook

The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. This looks like a very useful resource for the OER Africa partners.

Self-Publishing Guide

OpenMed Consortium Course Materials Review

The OpenMed Consortium has recently released materials that form part of a capacity building course entitled "Open Education Fundamentals and Approaches - A Learning Journey to Open Up Teaching in Higher Education".

Review by Neil Butcher

Launching OER Degree Pathways

Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons is a formative evaluation report prepared by SRI International that was released in June, 2017. It is a preliminary report that shares findings from initial surveys and interviews of an initiative to launch ‘OER degrees’ in 38 community colleges across the United States of America, which is being led by Achieving the Dream.

Launching OER Degree Pathways