African Health OER Network


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Report from Africa Regional Workshop for Health OER Technologists

Media for Promoting Open Licences and OER

A look at the global reach of OER  

OER Requests from Kenya: Help us find learning materials for research methods, HIV



Many institutions around the world celebrated Open Access Week from 22-28 October.

On 8 October, Ted Hanss from University of Michigan presented Open Educational Resources for Global Health Training at a symposium on Capacity Building for Global Health.

From 22 – 24 August, representatives from the East Africa HEALTH Alliance, OER Africa, and University of Michigan gathered at a workshop to collaboratively develop and review OER for three pilot courses for regional Master of Public Health programs.


The Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE) is a collection of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching materials from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. The collection includes presentations, handouts, and videos on topics such as HIV/AIDS, contraception, fertility, urologic and gynaecologic disorders and cancers, and others. All site content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

































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Latest OER: New resources for dentistry, public health, nursing, and medicine

We have added the following new learning materials to the website:

You may also be interested in Professional Skill Builder from the University of Michigan Medical School, which contains over 30 clinical cases and other exercises for cardiology.

Report from Africa Regional Workshop for Health OER Technologists

From 3 – 5 October, the Health Open Educational Resources Technology Africa Regional Workshop in Accra, Ghana brought together technologists, multimedia specialists, and instructors from health sciences institutions across Africa. Inspired by the cross-institutional interactions from the Health OER Tech periodic audio conferences and by last year’s OER Tech Ghana workshop, this event was the Network’s first multi-country gathering of technology support staff for health OER. The workshop included 22 individuals from 12 institutions across six countries (Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the United States). The group that gathered possessed a range of experience with OER, including founding members of the Network who have been involved with OER activities since 2008 and others who were just introduced to the concept this year.

The objective of the workshop was to build institutional capacity in policy, instructional design, multimedia, and other technology expertise necessary to support the development and distribution of media-rich OER for health. Some highlights from the workshop included:

  • Presentations by participating institutions on instructional design, audio-visual techniques, software, and learning materials
  • Brainstorming discussions for expanding OER outreach within their respective institutions and implementing OER-enabling policies
  • Small group exercises on copyright clearance and analysis of usage data exported from health OER videos on YouTube

The agenda, presentations and exercises, and photos from the workshop have been shared under various Creative Commons licences. Nicole Southgate from the University of Cape Town also authored a reflective blog post about her experience at the workshop.

Media for Promoting Open Licences and OER

Earlier this year, the OER movement celebrated its tenth anniversary. There are now several hundred million Creative Commons licensed works and hundreds of open projects around the world. This exponential increase in open content has also generated some excellent media for promoting the concept of open licenses within academic institutions, governments, and in personal activities. Some favorites from the African Health OER Network communication team include: 

The materials above are all shared under various Creative Commons licences, which means you can modify or copy them to promote OER within your institutions. Now it’s your turn to share! What videos or print media do you use to promote OER within your organization? Have you created any of your own? Let us know.


A look at the global reach of OER  

It is amazing to see how OER are used after they have been made publicly available. Here are just a few examples of visibility, new connections, and adaptations resulting from OER shared through the African Health OER Network:

  • In October 2012, the African Health OER Network videos on YouTube surpassed 2.5 million views, with visitors from nearly every country worldwide. An analysis of the over 1,700 ratings and over 300 comments reveals that viewers are finding the videos helpful, with “thank you very much,” “thanks”, and “understand” among the most frequently used phrases.
  • Medical residents in Nigeria discovered gynaecology surgery videos developed by the University of Ghana, which they integrated into their training.
  • Through student networks in Ghana, medical students at University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast learned of and studied an obstetrics examination module developed by KNUST.
  • University of Botswana and Saide created a collection of pre-clinical supplemental resources using materials from University of Michigan, MedEdPORTAL, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and others.
  • An open access Spanish journal translated and published a lecture from an occupational health module from University of Cape Town.
  • A patient in Croatia discovered an Automated Blood Counts module KNUST online and contacted the author for consultation.
  • Physicians at St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC) and Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia have incorporated a Caesarean Section module from University of Ghana into their gynaecology training. SPHMMC has adapted this resource to include narration by an Ethiopian physician to compare and contrast the demonstrated procedure with their local practices.
  • A learning module by University of Ghana Medical School designed for access from desktop and laptop computers was adapted for mobile phones, in partnership with University of Michigan.
  • A manual on counseling from University of Malawi references OER from Commonwealth of Learning, UNESCO, Open University, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan, and others.

Do you have a great OER recognition, reuse, or remix story? Let us know.

OER Requests from Kenya: Help us find learning materials for research methods, HIV

We have received two new requests for existing OER to supplement health education in Kenya:

  • Case studies, Lab Exercises, and Multimedia for HIV Testing and Counseling for Danya International
  • Courses, case studies, multimedia, and textbooks for Research Methods for Masters Students for University of Nairobi

Do you know of any relevant openly licensed materials? If so, please share your knowledge with us by clicking on the request above and adding links to the resources in the comment section.

To date, we have received and responded to 16 requests through the Health OER Request service.

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