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OER Theory

Understanding Open Educational Resources

These three lessons provide an introduction to open educational resources (OERs).  The interactive course is also available in the Commonwealth of Learning's Technology-enabled Learning Lounge. The course is accessible logging in as a guest.

Digital Fluency Course. Module 5: Storage and Access of Digital Resources

This module aims to expand an understanding of digital storage and access with regard to a variety of files types and enabling platforms. It will hone skills in storing and retrieving digital resources using various technologies. This module is intended to address both academic and administrative skills: these skills can be applied in research, teaching and learning, and administration.

Digital Fluency Course. Module 1: Digital Fundamentals

The aim of the course is to progress beyond the conventional notion of digital or computer literacy in order to become “fluent” in the digital workplace. The first topic reminds us of basic computer concepts and operations. We then move on to internet fundamentals, which covers recommended techniques of searching for information, and introduces useful web-based applications. The third topic concerns making good use of your virtual learning environment, using Moodle as an example.

Digital Fluency Course: Module 3 - Learning Design and Development for Online/Blended Provision

This module explores five topics. The first topic addresses models, frameworks, and elements of learning design and development, focusing mainly on the 7Cs of learning design framework and the generic ADDIE model. The second topic, designing for learning, explains how you can design interactive and motivational activities and assessments, develop content for your online courses, and provide support and guidance for online learners. The third topic concentrates on matching technological tools to pedagogical purposes.

Digital Fluency Course: Module 2 - Working with OER

This module is aimed at providing the learner with basic guidance on OER, including underlying concepts, and encouraging practical use of OER. The first topic covers the basic definition of OER, their forms and repositories. Topic two introduces the learner to OER licensing, particularly Creative Commons licences (CC). The third topic covers ways that OER can be adapted and produced. Topic four highlights the importance of an institutional OER policy and its associated formulation considerations.      

ROER4D. Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Sub Project 1. Desktop Review: Sub-Saharan Africa

Saide and Saide's OER Africa Project team conducted a desk top literature review for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project which was a four-year project funded by the IDRC.

ROER4D. OER Country Profile: South Africa

Saide and Saide's OER Africa Project team conducted a desk top literature review for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project which was a four-year project funded by the IDRC.

ROER4D. OER Country Profile: Ghana

Saide and Saide's OER Africa Project team conducted a desk top literature review for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project which was a four-year project funded by the IDRC.

ROER4D. OER Country Profile: Kenya

Saide and Saide's OER Africa Project team conducted a desk top literature review for the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development Project which was a four-year project funded by the IDRC.

Monitoring Progress on Open Education in Germany

The paper summarises the situation of OER in Germany. An analysis of the scope of acceptance, use and implementation of the concept in educational institutions and policy, as well as an overview of the major actors and initiatives in the field of OER is presented. In addition, considerations 
about the concept of Open Educational Practices (OEP) and possible benefits for educational institutions are suggested.