Supporting higher education institutions across Africa

in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance teaching and learning.
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Welcome to OER Africa

OER Africa is an initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.

OER Africa is undertaking collaborative work to develop critical cognitive skills and competences of key higher education stakeholders to harness OER practices in ways that resolve some of the deep-seated pedagogical challenges facing African higher education institutions.

We are:

  • Researching key professional development needs in targeted institutions
  • Developing and testing effective models of continuous professional development for supporting OER practices, and
  • Sharing knowledge gained through a range of mechanisms. Read more


What's New

Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South

This volume examines aspects of educator and student adoption of OER and engagement in Open Educational Practices (OEP) in secondary and tertiary education as well as teacher professional development in 21 countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

OER in the Global South

10 Years After International Accord, 5 Ways Education Will Become More Open in the Next Decade

10 Year's since the Cape Town Declaration, Melissa Hagemann of the Open Society Foundation reflects on OER developments.

OER in next decade

OER Article Review

Self-Publishing Guide: BC Open Textbook

The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. This looks like a very useful resource for the OER Africa partners.

Self-Publishing Guide

OpenMed Consortium Course Materials Review

The OpenMed Consortium has recently released materials that form part of a capacity building course entitled "Open Education Fundamentals and Approaches - A Learning Journey to Open Up Teaching in Higher Education". Neil Butcher provides a review.

Launching OER Degree Pathways

Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons is a formative evaluation report prepared by SRI International that was released in June, 2017. It is a preliminary report that shares findings from initial surveys and interviews of an initiative to launch ‘OER degrees’ in 38 community colleges across the United States of America, which is being led by Achieving the Dream.

OER Policy Development Toolkit for Higher Education

Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager , Open Education at BC Campus, and Daniel De Marte, Chief Academic Officer at Tidewater Community College have released an interactive toolkit to support institutions develop open policies. The toolkit is licensed CC BY and institutions are free to reuse it, remix it, revise it, and/or redistribute it.