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OER Africa is developing and testing innovative alternative approaches to continuing professional development (CPD) for academics. These approaches comprise Open Education tutorials for university academic staff that will enable them to improve their teaching and learning capacity using OER.

In contrast to traditional workshop-based professional development, the standalone short tutorials engage participants in authentic learning tasks. They also provide access to useful, up-to-date Open Educational Resources (OER).

Finding Open Content

Authored: June 2019
Revised: May 2020; February 2021; November 2023

A short, simple tutorial to acquire the skills necessary to search for open content, decipher Creative Commons rights and permissions, and evaluate the usefulness of OER for new purposes.


Spanish version: Encontrar Contenido Abierto

Authored: December 2020


French version: Trouver des contenus libres

Authored: October 2021


Portuguese version: Encontre Conteúdos Abertos

Authored: July 2022


Adapting Open Content

Authored: January 2020
Revised: May 2020; February 2021; November 2023

This short tutorial provides a quick and simple solution to adapting open content for new purposes.


Publish Using Open Access

Authored: May 2020
Revised: October 2023

This is a short tutorial to acquire the skills necessary to publish or advise on publishing research using Open Access (OA).


Design for Learning I: How do we learn?

Authored: October 2020
Revised: November 2023

This tutorial provides guidance to design and create effective learning environments.


Design for Learning II: Course Building

Authored: February 2021
Revised: November 2023

This tutorial builds on Design for Learning I, delving into additional considerations for course builders.


Communicate Research Findings

Authored: January 2021

This tutorial provides guidance on how to change a research paper into an easy-to-read summary which can be shared outside academia.


Online Facilitation

Authored: November 2021

This is a short tutorial to gain some skills for facilitating online. The art of online facilitation empowers you to create connections between students, between you and students, and between students and what they are learning. These connections support and motivate students to succeed.


The following Open Education tutorials are currently under development:

  • Developing OER-friendly policies
  • Facilitating online learning 
  • Open Learning
The field of Open Education is exciting, very much in flux and constantly evolving! All tutorials will be updated to reflect new trends and practices. Have a suggestion for an update or revision? E-mail us at info@saide.org.za with suggestions.