For Supporting Effective Development And Use Of OER In Higher Education Systems In Africa

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  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
The South African Institute for Distance Education is a nonprofit organization committed to enabling successful open learning through initiatives such as OER Africa. The OER Africa project will support a collaboration with African higher education institutions and organizations to develop professional competences and skills in creating and using OER. This work will enable educators to implement OER to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
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Saide, 14th Floor,19 Ameshoff Street,, Braamfontein Johannesburg, South Africa
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for an OER Africa experts advisory meeting  
OER Africa was created in 2008 based on the belief that Africans must drive the development and use of OER in higher education systems in Africa. With funding support from the Hewlett Foundation, the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) integrated OER Africa within its organizational and programmatic infrastructure the following year. Since then, important questions have been raised both internally and externally about short and long term OER goals, areas of focus for both SAIDE and OER Africa, and succession planning. Funding would support a meeting of OER experts to advise SAIDE and OER Africa on these questions. The meeting will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18 – 19 November 2013.
for OER Africa initiative  
OER Africa, an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education, plays a leading role in driving the development and use of OER in higher education systems in Africa. With this proposal, OER Africa proposes to work with four African universities to deepen their OER policies and demonstrate how OER practices can transform teaching and learning. OER Africa will pursue a participatory action research agenda to document what it takes to embed OER in these institutions, and will use the findings from this research to inform its advocacy around OER with policymakers and other higher education decision makers across the continent.
for the OER Africa project and the African Teacher Education OER Network  
OER Africa (a SAIDE initiative) proposes to continue working with its partners and to enlist new ones to shape and promote OER policies in African Union Commission states. OER Africa will also collaborate with SAIDE to strengthen and extend support for the African Teacher Education OER Network to influence policy in its own institutions and share expertise and resources.

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