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B: OER Growth

There has been an explosion of OER in recent years. One way to gauge growth is to keep an eye on the number of Creative Commons licences that are being issued. According to the Creative Commons website, there were 1.2 billion resources at the end of 2016.

State of Creative Commons

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Creative Commons also provide statistics on the number of each licence issued.

State of the Commons report

The latest State of the Commons report does not give statistics by region as was done previously, but in the 2015 report Africa trailed behind the rest of the world.

Where CC licensed works

In the 2016 report, a number of quality African open initiatives were highlighted, such as Saide’s African Storybook Initiative.

Since 2014, OER Africa has been working with four African universities, namely the universities of Pretoria and Free State in South Africa, the Open University of Tanzania, and the African Nazarene University in Kenya. The relationship is aimed at deepening their use of OER and understanding the implications of this on teaching and learning through research. To know more about these initiatives, go to this link: However, OER Africa’s advocacy initiatives since 2008 have touched on numerous sub-Saharan African higher education institutions and the growth of African-authored OER, while slow, is gaining momentum.

  1. Are there any potential authors at your institution who would consider releasing teaching materials with a Creative Commons Licence?
  2. Is there a way your institution might share some its more generic courses, or perhaps even a signature course to garner exposure for the quality work being developed at the institution?



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