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OER Initiatives in Africa

This section provides links to other OER Initiatives in Africa to which African Higher Education Institutions may contribute.

Open University of Mauritius

The Open University aims at delivering quality education to learners who are unable to be physically present on campus. With flexible study options, its prospective learners can study from home, work, or anywhere in the world, at a time that suits them and their lifestyle. Even if the OU is not a residential university, we greet our learners at the Induction session, and organise tutorial sessions where learners meet tutors.

Country/ies of operation: 
Mauritius
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Mauritius
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA)

TESSA is a network of teachers and teacher educators stretching across Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of the network is a bank of open educational resources (OER), linked to the school curriculum, and designed to support teachers and teacher educators in developing active approaches to learning. The network is co-ordinated by The Open University, UK.

Country/ies of operation: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Implementing organizations: 
The Open University (UK)
Initiative Type: 
OER Adaptation
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

African Storybook

Open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa. For children's literacy, enjoyment and imagination.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Implementing organizations: 
SAIDE
Source/s of funding: 
Comic Relief
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
NGO Initiative
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)

The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The primary objective of the programme is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding the use and impact of OER.

Country/ies of operation: 
South America
Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia
Source/s of funding: 
UK Aid
Initiative Type: 
Development of Guidelines/OER Support Materials
OER Repository/Portal
Policy Development
Policy Implementation
Research

The OER4Schools Professional Learning Resource

Through our research in Zambia we developed a practical professional development (PD) programme for school-based teacher education, supporting teachers to embed interactive methods of teaching and learning into classroom practice through the exploitation of mobile technologies. It moves beyond technology and skills-focused initiatives by highlighting the crucial role of teacher support in promoting innovation and experimentation with teaching styles.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zambia
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of Cambridge
Source/s of funding: 
Cambridge College of Education
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
Institutional Initiative
OER Adaptation
OER Development
OER Reuse

Open University of Tanzania (OUT)

The Open University of Tanzania is the first university in the whole of the East Africa region to offer educational programs through Open and Distance Learning mode. This makes OUT peculiar from conventional residential universities. Through Open and Distance Learning, OUT allows flexible learning environment leading to protracted periods of course completion.

Country/ies of operation: 
Tanzania
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Tanzania
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
Policy Development
Policy Implementation

Arab Open University of Sudan

Aims to develop and disseminate knowledge, and build expertise according to international quality standards without time or geographical barriers for the sake of contributing and preparing manpower for development needs, and to build science and knowledge society in the Arab countries

Country/ies of operation: 
Sudan
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Sudan
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

Zambian Open University

ZAOU strives to be an internationally recognized Open University providing quality education through distance learning.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zambia
Implementing organizations: 
Zambian Open University
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository/Portal
Research

Zimbabwe Open University

The Zimbabwe Open University is a multi-disciplinary and inter-faculty institution of higher learning offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes. ZOU offers degree and non-degree programmes through distance teaching and open learning to youth and adult learners.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zimbabwe
Implementing organizations: 
Zimbabwe Open University
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

University of South Africa Institutional Repository

An open digital archive of scholarly intellectual and research outputs of the University of South Africa. The UnisaIR contains and preserves theses and dissertations, research articles, conference papers, rare and special materials and many other digital assets.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of South Africa
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository/Portal
Research

South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)

Saide is committed to the process of transformation of education and training so to increase equitable and meaningful access to knowledge, skills and learning through the adoption of open learning principles, distance education methods and educational technology.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
SAIDE
Source/s of funding: 
Multiple
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Development of Guidelines/OER Support Materials
NGO Initiative
OER Adaptation
OER Development
Policy Development
Professional Development
Research

African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)

The African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) is a continental educational organization comprising African universities and other higher education institutions, which are committed to expanding access to quality education and training through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) including e-Learning. It is a unifying body of distance education providers and practitioners in Africa, ACDE and was formally launched in January 2004 at Egerton University, Kenya.

Country/ies of operation: 
Africa-wide
Implementing organizations: 
African Council for Distance Education
Source/s of funding: 
Multiple
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Institutional Initiative
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse
Research

Molteno's Vula Bula Project

Vula Bula, an initiative of Molteno Institute for Language Literacy, is graded reading programme is unique in that each series originates from the respective indigenous South African language - as opposed to being translated from English - and is carefully designed in accordance with the natural phonic progression of that language.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy
Source/s of funding: 
Zenex Foundation
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
Institutional Initiative
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal

openAfrica

openAFRICA is a free public and independent source for open data for Africa, maintained by Code for Africa. Data can be downloaded, uploaded, stored, or made available publicly. Search for data by country. openAFRICA runs with support from the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), the World Bank Institute (WBI), and Google.

Country/ies of operation: 
Africa-wide
Implementing organizations: 
Code for Africa
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

School of Open

School of Open is an initiative run by a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of 'openness' in the digital age. School of Open also provides educational materials on how to add a Creative Commons license to work, and free resources for classroom use, remix a music video, and more. It is a product of Peer 2 Peer University and Creative Commons. Read about School of Open Africa initiatives in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
Implementing organizations: 
Creative Commons
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
OER Adaptation
OER Reuse
Professional Development
Research

Obami

The Obami portal contains modules and activities for elementary students to learn about Creative Commons, content licensing, and resource exchange.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Obami
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
OER Repository/Portal

AfriVIP- The African Veterinary Information Portal

All the materials of AfriVIP are Open Education Resources (OER) and therefore carry an open license (Creative Commons), allowing it to be freely copied, distributed, and adapted without asking copyright permission.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of Pretoria
Initiative Type: 
OER Adaptation
OER Repository/Portal
Professional Development

Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT)

The Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) portal supports classroom activities of teachers of junior secondary schools (JSS). The ORELT project aims to provide a bank of open content multi-media resources in online and traditional text formats that will support school based education and training for teachers in junior secondary schools and provide open content support resources for teacher educators who prepare teachers for junior secondary schools.

Country/ies of operation: 
Southern Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Commonwealth of Learning
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

OER@AVU

The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Senegal
Implementing organizations: 
African Virtual University (AVU)
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) OER

KNUST OER seeks to promote open learning through an open exploration that enables faculty, students and the global academic community to access open licensed educational resources to maximize the impact and reach of their scholarly work through open sharing.

Country/ies of operation: 
Ghana
Implementing organizations: 
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

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