Higher Education

Separating Rhetoric from Reality: The Process of Institutionalizing OER Practices at African Universities

OER Africa is working with four universities in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa to support the deepening of pedagogical practices that employ open educational resources (OER) and use information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve teaching and learning at both faculty and institutional levels.

Africa Nazarene University: Revisiting the Business Model

This presentation by Tony Mays to the OER Africa 2016 Convening discusses the business model at Africa Nazarene University in the light of the changing context of educational provision. He highlights new modes of provision, and both the systemic and costing implications.

Some Thoughts on the Major Challenges Facing Higher Education

A presentation by Professor Ahmed Bawa to the OER Africa 2016 convening where he discusses the need to re-visit higher education in the sub-content particularly related to funding, curricula, articilation, needs of society, issues of access and success, research capacity and affordability of higher education.

OER Policy Development Toolkit for Higher Education

The interactive toolkit allows you to choose a policy statement in various categories and create an output of a completed Open Policy for your Institution. The toolkit is licensed CC BY and we would love for you to reuse it, remix it, revise it, and/or redistribute it.

University of Edinburgh Open Educational Resources Policy

This policy outlines the University’s position on Open Educational Resources (OERs) and provides guidelines for practice in learning and teaching.

Real Threat of OERs

In this blog post David Wiley responds to a comment by David Anderson, Executive Director for Higher Education at the Association of American Publishers on an article by Nicole Allen in the Huffinton Post entitledCollege Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Open Practices in Higher Education: Trends and Possibilities for Africa

This report, based on a desktop review, unpacks the possibilities of opennes in African higher education, launching the discussion with a presentation and explanation of the concepts and icons associated with various tenets of open practice. The discussion then moves on to explore the factors leading to the rise of openness, including a social inclination towards opennes, government involvement, and technological innovations that have encouraged and facilitated openness.

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. This guide summarizes the key quality issues in online education in a concise and accessible manner. The guide is structured in the form of 16 ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, followed by an additional reading list focused on quality benchmarks and international best practices. 

A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

The quality assurance of post-traditional higher education is not straightforward, because openness and flexibility are primary characteristics of these new approaches, whereas traditional approaches to quality assurance were designed for teaching and learning within more tightly structured frameworks. This guide, structured in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, grapples with this dilemma, drawing on emerging examples, after putting post-traditional higher education in context and exploring the various new manifestations of openness.

Saide Newsletter vol.20 no. 1 2014

This first issue of 2014 contains articles on the wrap up of our PHEA ETI - Partnership in Higher Education in Africa Educational Technology Initiative; an accreditation and audit workshop that we facilitated for the National Institute for Distance Education (INED) in Mozambique; research we are doing for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development - ROER4D project which is a large project being led by the University of Cape Town; and finally a workshop that was conducted for the Africa Nazarene University in Kenya who are exploring the possibilities of using open educational