We have selected institutional partnerships that represent a diversity of situations and approaches. Our objective is to ensure that the knowledge gained from these engagements leads to a generalizable understanding of these barriers and potential strategies to overcome them, which can then be widely shared with key educational decision makers in African higher education. This will be achieved by implementing a parallel participatory action research agenda (PAR) designed to maximize opportunities for reflection on lessons being learned as the processes unfold at each institution.
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OER Africa recognizes that extensive change in institutional practice is required to transform higher education provision in ways that overcome institutional barriers – policy, regulatory, systemic, and cultural –which inhibit the sustainable adoption of pedagogical practices that take full advantage of the transformative educational potential of OER and ICT. While these barriers remain, mainstream adoption of OER practices is likely to remain on the margins of institutional activity.
ANU is a private Christian university and an Institution of the International Board of Education of the Church of the Nazarene
UP has its origins in the establishment of the Pretoria Centre of the Transvaal University College in 1908
OUT is a distance and open learning institution, operating through a network of twenty two Regional Centres and four co-ordinating centres
UFS is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in South Africa and opened its doors in 1904 with a mere six students in the Humanities