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  • 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

  • The use of ICT at Kenyatta University. Johannesburg: South African Institute for Distance Education; Kampala: Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture.

    The Use of ICT at Kenyatta University brochure is one of a series that aims to showcase good practice in African higher education. It is intended for higher education decision-makers on the Continent and overseas. Each institution in this series has taken simple steps to solve basic fundamental problems and improve the level of education and service delivery in a context of limited resources... more

  • "The best part was the contact!": Understanding postgraduate students? experiences of wrapped MOOCs. Open Praxis. 9(2), 207?221.

    Explores the contribution of face-to-face, facilitated sessions to the learning experiences of wrapped MOOC participants. Interviews, surveys and course evaluations were analysed using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. more

  • Toward Sustainable Open Education Resources: A Perspective From the Global South

    This article seeks to contribute to the debate on OER. It critically examines the experiences of the Commonwealth of Learning in the creation and dissemination of OER and identifies lessons learned. It also suggests concrete ways in which various stakeholders can contribute to the sustainability of OER. more

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