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  • NBA has completed the design and development of a database-driven website for Saide’s African Storybook initiative with a vision of providing all African children with enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading. On the website (www.africanstorybook.org), users are able to find enjoyable African stories for children to read; translate/version the stories into a local language or variety/dialect; adapt the stories for their context and required reading level; create their own stories using one of the templates on the website for others to engage with and use; and download and print the stories, or read them on a variety of devices. We also assisted  with procuring and managing devices, connectivity, and usage of the website in the pilot sites in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho.

  • NBA assisted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF) in building open educational resource (OER) capacity in APEC member economies and developing a web platform for APEC OER that ‘showcases’ a library of select APEC OER (http://oer.apecwiki.org). We also developed a ‘Briefing Policy Note’ on OER relevance for APEC, as well as developing and analysing the results of a survey on vocational education OER in APEC.

  • NBA is responsible for the design and development of the Association of African Universities website (https://www.aau.org), blog (http://blog.aau.org), and events website (https://events.aau.org/gencon14/) as well as websites for a range of AAU programmes. The AAU, with headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was founded in 1967, following recommendations made at an earlier conference organized by UNESCO in Antananarivo, Madagascar in September 1962 for the formation of such an apex organization. AAU’s mission is to be the leading advocate for higher education in Africa, with the capacity to provide support for its member institutions in meeting national, continental and global needs.

  • NBA assisted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF) in building Open Educational Resource capacity in APEC member economies and developing a web platform for APEC OER which ‘showcases’ a library of select APEC OER (http://oer.apecwiki.org). We also developed a ‘Briefing Policy Note’ on OER relevance for APEC as well as development and analysis of a survey of Vocational Education OER in APEC.

  • The International Association for Digital Publications (IADP) Affordable Access e-Learning Programme was designed to facilitate the collaborative development and use of relevant, open access e-learning courseware at selected universities (the ‘Open Access Project’) and to provide affordable online and offline access to digital publications (the ‘e-Book Project’). Two of the pilots that made up this project involved providing staff at higher education institutions with the skills to adapt Open Educational Resources (OER) and re-purpose them as quality but cost effective learning materials for students in Malawi and Botswana.

  • NBA is currently supporting the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy with the implementation of a new business model, which is based on sharing all its educational resources and content under a suitable Creative Commons licence, to enable others to copy and share these resources without paying licensing fees. The project targets a series of strategic investments, including the development of a revised website and online payment gateway, intended to ensure that all aspects of Molteno’s innovative literacy methodology and its historical archive of literacy materials are readily accessible under open licences to governments, schools, teachers and students, while enabling Molteno to focus on developing a refined set of literacy services that will sustain the organization, thereby ensuring it can continue to fulfil its core mission.

  • NBA has supported Microsoft SA, and the MS WECA (West, East and Central Africa) division, in conceptualizing and promoting an African chapter of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network, a social network designed to support teachers. Taking into account issues around bandwidth, access to digital technologies, computer skills and a culture of ‘not-sharing’ among African educators, NBA devised strategies to address issues related to platform architecture, available content, desired functionality and interactivity, marketing and promotion, and training of end users. Activities included daily platform maintenance, liaising with the development team in the USA, and country visits to Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius to set up educator communities of practice.

  • The Knowledge Hub (KH) is an online platform connecting the public health workforce to relevant, high quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and resources. To provide excellent health care to patients, healthcare professionals need to improve their skills and performance, as well as to implement strategies to develop effective managers and health practitioners. Through the KH, they can:

    • Access curated and effective professional development opportunities and resources, including online and blended-learning courses, face-to-face workshops, self-study resources, policies, guidelines and reference materials;

    • Access an eLibrary of curated legislation, policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), reference materials, and best practices (without having to log into the system);

    • Customize their experience based on their job profile and needs and making the information more specific and relevant.

    The KH supports learning delivery either entirely online (e-learning) or combined with traditional face-to-face delivery (blended learning). The intention is to build a ‘one-stop-shop’ through which healthcare professionals can locate and access both mandatory training opportunities implemented by Department and a wider catalogue of recommended, approved CPD opportunities and resources that can help them do their jobs more easily and effectively. www.knowledgehub.org.za


  • NBA has been responsible for the design and development of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) website (www.ruforum.org), which is managed and maintained using the open-source platform Drupal. We recently completed setting up a conference management system for hosting and management of the organization's events. Consultancy projects for RUFORUM include the production of two ICT brochures, for Kenyatta and Africa Universities. RUFORUM is a constantly expanding consortium (currently with 85 member universities in 35 countries in Africa), established in 2004 to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries.

  • NBA has been responsible for the design and development of the website of the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) (www.southafricanlabourbulletin.org.za). This involved the deployment of an online payment facility allowing SALB publication users to subscribe and pay online. We also assisted SALB in defining a categorizing system for tagging SALB journal articles and digitizing all the journal articles produced between 1978 and 2010. 

  • IIn early 2003, the national Department of Education released a tender to build a national education portal (www.thutong.doe.gov.za). NBA as part of a consortium of partners won the bid to develop this portal. Since then, NBA has been the key driver of the consortium and responsible for a variety of activities, including hosting, maintenance and development of new technical functions as required by the national Department. Through the Thutong portal, the education department has aimed to lead the drive to improve learning in the country through appropriate use of technology. Thutong’s key focus has been on creating strong and vibrant online communities of practice in order to facilitate discussion and sharing of information and ideas among peer networks, and in an effort to encourage South African educators to develop and improve education by sharing the country’s common intellectual capital. The development and maintenance of the national education portal has been a challenging and complex undertaking. It has straddled a wide range of aspects of the education system, and demanded simultaneous management and integration of many different information requirements. This has also required ongoing engagement with several players – many with competing interests. We hope that the work we have done has made a positive contribution to improving the quality and impact of education delivery in South Africa.

  • Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has contracted NBA to develop an academic staff Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portal for academic staff at VUT to access resources and courses designed to support continuous professional development. In addition to the online portal of training resources, NBA has been commissioned to develop a professional development course, Licence to Teach, aimed predominately at new staff, but also relevant to existing academics, to provide required education skills to support effective teaching and learning aligned to the needs of a university of technology. Licence to Teach has been developed on Blackboard.