These three lessons provide an introduction to open educational resources (OERs). The interactive course is also available in the Commonwealth of Learning's Technology-enabled Learning Lounge. The course is accessible logging in as a guest.
This book is evidence of the solid progress being made in response to the challenges flagged at the 2009 UNESCO conferences discussing the potential of OER. Activity in developing countries accounts for the majority of the work reported here, and the experience of using and repurposing OER receives as much coverage as their initial development. Other papers describe how OER can be fitted most productively into the wider educational ecosystem.
The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a mega open and distance learning (ODL) university with more than 400,000 students in South Africa and around the world. UNISA committed to the implementation of OER within the university by incorporating support for OER into all relevant policies and processes. This is seen as the critical enabling factor.
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is the second largest university in Africa with more than 180,000 students. The OER project at NOUN was initially motivated in response to the 2012 UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Paris Declaration on OER. Specifically, NOUN referred to the section that encouraged government-funded materials to be released under an open licence and made available and accessible as OER.
This module aims to expand an understanding of digital storage and access with regard to a variety of files types and enabling platforms. It will hone skills in storing and retrieving digital resources using various technologies. This module is intended to address both academic and administrative skills: these skills can be applied in research, teaching and learning, and administration.
First there were Open Educational Resources (OER); Then there was Open Access (OA); Increasingly academics and researchers are making Open Data integral to scholarly communication; Rather than segmenting the three, many practitioners use the phrase; Open Knowledge; This primer is meant to complement work carried out at OER Africa on OER and IPR/copyrigh;It broadens the discussion to include open access and open data, issues that impact on sub-Saharan African universities but that are not discussed as extensively within sub-Saharan African universities as they should be.