Since inception in 2008, OER Africa has worked with institutions of higher education in Africa and the rest of the world, in the areas of agriculture education, health education and teacher education. Working alongside faculty, we have supported them to improve teaching and learning, to address curriculum gap, to share new knowledge and to build networks and educational communities of practice through the use of OER.
Three exciting communities have arisen through this work:
- AgShare is all about building bridges between indigenous knowledge and the academy, to ensure that the teaching of agriculture is geared to respond to the real life experiences and expectations of the farmers in the field.
- ATEN, the African OER Teacher Education Network arose from an OER Africa Teacher Education project to respond to the needs of teachers for relevant resources to improve their practice and encourage learning by their students.
- Health OER arose from the desire of faculty to provide their students with relevant resources and practical learning experiences that would serve them in their practice of medicine.
The networks continue to thrive as vibrant communities of practitioners, even though the projects which seeded them, have come to an end.