OER in Africa
Learn about and discuss projects, collaborations, wisdom and challenges of OER in Africa.
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13 February 2009
OER in Africa
Educators in the US and elsewhere in the world, including in Africa, recognize the potential of open educational resources (OER) to improve teaching and learning. African institutions, however, are severely hampered by lack of funding; infrastructure and equipment constraints; and policies and practices that militate against using OERs effectively. Even so, planning for and implementation of OERs are beginning to take place in every region of the Continent. The Hewlett Foundation is supporting three initiatives that are crucial to meeting the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals—teacher education, health, and the establishment of an African umbrella organization for OER development and implementation. Through these projects, we are beginning to see learning materials developed by Africans for Africans as well as for others interested in African content. Africa is now joining the global OER knowledge pool.
Lisbeth Levey, Moderator
Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, TESSA (www.tessafrica.net)
Ted Hans, OER health in Africa ( http://www.oerafrica.org/Communities/OERAfrica_Home.aspx)
Neil Butcher, OER Africa (http://www.oerafrica.org)
Catherine Casserly, Discussant