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  • An OER Protocol: Guidelines for Publishing Teacher Education OER.

    DHET has put in place a European Union funded Strengthening Foundation Phase Teacher Education Programme. In terms of the contract with the institutions participating in the programme , all materials produced will be released as Open Educational Resources (OER). The purpose of the Protocol is to guide the Department in managing the publication of these materials as OER on their Teaching... more

  • South Africa at a glance: SACMEQ at a glance series.

    The Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) is a consortium of education ministries, policy-makers and researchers who, in conjunction with UNESCO?s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), aims to improve the research capacity and technical skills of educational planners (Ross et al., 2005). more

  • Moving forward with TESSA: what is the potential for MOOCs?

    The Open University developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to support teacher educator professional development. The purpose of this paper is to present the TESSA strategy for 2016-2019 and to draw on data from the TESS-India. In 3rd International Conference of the African Virtual University, 6?8 July 2016. Nairobi, Kenya. more

  • Harnessing Open Educational Resources to the Challenges of Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

    This paper describes how the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) consortium is working within institutional and national policy systems to support school-based teacher professional development. more

  • 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

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