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  • The OER Adoption Pyramid.

    This Pyramid was developed in the course of a research paper focusing on why South African academics adopt OER or not. We understood that numerous factors shaped their choices, but it became apparent that some factors were "essential" to OER activity while others were merely "influential". To clarify which factors were required for any type of OER activity, we developed the OER Adoption... more

  • Seeking impact and visibility: Scholarly communication in Southern Africa.

    e two questions driving SCAP?s research were: 1. What is the current state of scholarly communication in (Southern) African universities? 2. How can the use of ICTs, technology platforms and open access publishing models contribute to the improvement of strategic scholarly communication, and what institutional structures are needed to support such an approach? more

  • Digital learning management systems in Africa: myths and realities

    This paper reports on a survey of 358 respondents across 25 African countries into their usage of learning management systems. It concludes that while there are some enthusiastic advocates of such systems, the reality is that most African educators as yet have little knowledge about, or interest in, their usage. more

  • Are higher education institutions positioned to reap the dividends of open education resources? The case of Durban University of Technology.

    The study concludes that for the university to retain its relevance in an evolving educational landscape, it should create a framework that will not only create space for OER projects but should also address the very human need for recognition and acknowledgement that developers of free and open content have. International Business... more

  • New Ways of Mediating Learning: Investigating the implications of adopting open educational resources for tertiary education at an institution in the United Kingdom as compared to one in South Africa

    The paper starts by discussing the different contexts wherein two institutions operate and the inequalities that exist between them. One institution is a university based in South Africa and the other is a college located in the United Kingdom. Both institutions, however, deliver distance-learning courses. The second part of the paper discusses preliminary findings when OERs are considered... more

  • Conceptualising Open Educational Practices in teacher education in East Africa.

    This paper draws on data from recent interviews with thirty teacher educators in Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda undertaken in an ROER4D impact study. The teacher educators had been identified as engaging with OER and the interviews explored the implications of this use of OER in and for practice. Drawing on this empirical data and the literature a framework of indicators for quality open... more

  • Developing and deploying OERs in sub-Saharan Africa: Building on the present

    This article builds on existing information and communication technology (ICT) implementation plans in Africa and on the experiences of organizations and initiatives such as the African Virtual University (AVU), OER Africa, the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE), and the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Project, to present one view of the benefits,... more

  • The Role of Post-Graduate Students in Co-authoring Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Inclusion: A Case Study at the University of Cape Town. Distance Education, 33(2), 253?269.

    Endeavors to surface the various disturbances or conflicts with which postgraduate students had to engage to make OER socially inclusive, as well as Engestrm?s ?layers of causality? to explain postgraduate students? growing sense of agency as they experienced the OER development process as being socially inclusive. more

  • 365 days of Openness: The emergence of OER at the University of Cape Town. In R. McGreal, W. Kinuthia, S. Marshall & T. McNamara (Eds.), Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources

    Reviews the first year of UCT?s OER initiative, recount how the Centre for Educational Technology (CET) developed an institutional directory using a customised version of the open source software Drupal, highlights the signs of change in the UCT landscape and explain how UCT is extending its open footprint through a more encompassing Open UCT initiative more

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