open educational resources

Open Practices in Higher Education: Trends and Possibilities for Africa

This report, based on a desktop review, unpacks the possibilities of opennes in African higher education, launching the discussion with a presentation and explanation of the concepts and icons associated with various tenets of open practice. The discussion then moves on to explore the factors leading to the rise of openness, including a social inclination towards opennes, government involvement, and technological innovations that have encouraged and facilitated openness.

Unisa OER Strategy

The University of South Africa has approved its OER strategy which demonstrates that they have realised that the vast quantities of content and teaching materials, especially openly licensed content, have significant potential to contribute to the quality of the teaching and learning experience of its students.

A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

The quality assurance of post-traditional higher education is not straightforward, because openness and flexibility are primary characteristics of these new approaches, whereas traditional approaches to quality assurance were designed for teaching and learning within more tightly structured frameworks. This guide, structured in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, grapples with this dilemma, drawing on emerging examples, after putting post-traditional higher education in context and exploring the various new manifestations of openness.

Guidelines for Teaching Numeracy: Foundation Phase

This programme provides professional development for Grade 1, 2 and 3 educators in the area of numeracy.

OER: A Question of Context

Earlier this year Tony Mays was involved in three workshops with an Open Educational Resources (OER) component in three different parts of the world: India, United Kingdom and Trinidad. Each had a different focus and involved different role-players, but in each case OER was part of a solution to a curriculum challenge that needed to be met.

Saide Newsletter Vol. 19 No.5 2013

This issue contains a brief report on a CHE workshop reviewing the draft Distance Education Programmes in a Digital Age: Good Practice Guide; a presentation that Saide's Director, Jenny Glennie, gave at the launch of the Sol Plaatje University in the Northern Cape; issues related to translation and versioning of stories for early reading that the team from the African Storybook Project are experiencing; a brief summary of the Unisa Cambridge Open and eLearning conference; and finally a report on three OER workshops held in India, the United Kingdom and Trinidad.

A Guide to Open Educational Resources

JISC made a new guide on open educational resources available in March 2013

The Roles of Libraries and Information Professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiatives: Survey Report

The study focuses on the involvement of the Library as an organizational unit, and of individual librarians and other information science specialists, in open educational resources (OER) initiatives.

Rubrics to Evalute Open Educational Resources

This instrument of rubrics has been implemented in the OER catalog named TEMOA (, with the aim of promoting the culture of sharing of educational experiences through collaborative assessment.

Benefits and Challenges of OER for Higher Education

In this presentation Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams of the University of Cape Town`s Centre for Educational Technology discusses why and how Open Educational Resources can be beneficial and what the challenges are.