Harnessing OER Practices to Drive Pedagogical Improvement: The Role of Continuing Professional Development
In our efforts to support African universities to understand and harness the concept of open educational resources (OER), OER Africa has identified several practical constraints to achieving the widely anticipated potential for OER to contribute to achieving higher degrees of equity across higher education in Africa. Effective harnessing of OER practices depends heavily on the educational skills of participating academics.
State of Play: Regional Quality Assurance in Southern Africa (SADC)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) jointly developed the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme, and were considering working on supporting quality assurance (QA) efforts in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through regional capacity building. DAAD thus commissioned NBA to conduct a research study to provide information about QA in the region as a basis for future work of DAAD/DIES and the regional and national partners.
Leveraging Skills for Competitiveness in Europe
This report proposes a framework for approaching these challenges: ‘precision training’. It explores examples of how precision training can leverage workplace training, PPPs, and regional development projects, leading to the following key messages.
Understanding the Impact of OER: Achievements and Challenges
UNESCO IITE and OER Africa partnered to prepare a publication that critically reviews the growth of OER and its potential impact on education systems around the world. The publication is based on desktop research and country case studies, which were prepared with input from OER experts from 15 countries in five UNESCO regions. The findings indicate that many efforts have been made to promote OER and its use, with funding and support by several donors and intergovernmental organizations, governments, and education institutions.
Open Licensing Made Plain: A Primer on Concepts, Challenges, and Opportunities for Publishers
Openly licensed resources are ‘free’ to access, but there can be significant user, creation, adaptation, and production costs. The long-term sustainability of African publishing in local languages requires that these costs be met fairly and completely, using models that will encourage people to establish, grow, and sustain excellent content creation organizations.
Good Stories Don’t Grow on Trees: A Guide to Effective Costing of Storybooks in the Global South
Openly licensed resources are ‘free’ to access, but there are significant creation, adaptation, production, and use costs. The long-term sustainability of local-language publishing requires that these costs be met fairly, using financial models that will enable people to establish, grow, and maintain effective content creation organizations. This research aims to raise awareness of the various costs that go into producing and translating storybooks and of the relationship between investment and quality.