This first grant was exploratory with a specific aim to establish strategic partnerships with higher education institutions in Africa. A research report Revisiting the challenges for higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of the Open Educational Resources Movement informed the team’s choices as to where we might geographically work most effectively. We joined the University of Michigan to collaborate on an initiative known as Health OER, which aimed to develop health expertise through communities of practice and the development of health OER content with the OER Africa website serving as the collaboration tool The pilot partners in higher education institutions in Africa were:
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
- University of Cape Town (UCT)
- University of Ghana (UG)
- University of the Western Cape
Communities of practice were established and provided space on the OER Africa website to collaborate in the development of course materials and also to provide a home for their OERs.
We also prioritized research activities during this period to understand current OER practice in Africa, user needs and contextual factors. The following were the research outputs: