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A Guide to Quality in Online Learning 2

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

This guide summarizes the key quality issues in online education in a concise and accessible manner, with an annotated reading list to help you to pursue particular topics further. Academics and professionals in higher education are our primary audience. We consider academics and students as the key stakeholders for online education, and have written the guide with this principle in mind.1 It is structured in the form of 16 ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, followed by an additional reading list focused on quality benchmarks and international best practices.
Unleashing the Power of Educational Technology in TVET Systems

Unleashing the Power of Educational Technology in TVET Systems

The same disruptive technologies transforming traditional markets and changing skills demands are also altering the methods through which workers can learn and acquire new skills. EdTech innovations, such as technology-enabled learning materials, online and blended learning, adaptive learning software, and micro-credentials, can help to close skills gaps in developing countries by improving the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) delivery, particularly as it relates to acquisition and assessment of technical skills.



Below are multiple language, multimedia tutorials, designed to train UNESCO ICT CFT users in how to use the framework and access and search for openly licenced materials on the UNESCO ICT CFT hub, to support educators acquire the ICT CFT skills.

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OERs and open licensing: Why it matters to open universities?

Neil Butcher was invited to present at Botswana Open University’s Open Access Week in October, 2021. In this presentation, OERs and open licensing: Why it matters to open universities?, Neil explores what is needed for us to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Librarians are positioned to lead the way in the 4IR by helping their institutions and communities understand and harness the potential of open licences and OER.

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Guidelines on open and distance learning for youth and adult literacy

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have published Guidelines on open and distance learning for youth and adult literacy to support literacy providers around the world in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating their open and distance learning-based (ODL) literacy programmes.

Study on Public-Private Partnerships in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Education

The idea of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) has generated growing interest from governments around the world as a possible mechanism for developing and sustaining public infrastructure and services. For example, PPPs were identified at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development as significant tools for achieving global sustainable development. Many governments are turning to the private sector for the financing, design, construction and operation of infrastructure projects.


OER Policy Clinic for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

An online clinic on open educational resources (OER) and national policy on 27 September, 2021, was facilitated by Neil Butcher & Associates, in partnership with the EdTech Hub, UNESCO, the mEducation Alliance, and the Education Commission.

The workshop sought to cover the following issues:

Communities of Practice: A Research Paper Prepared by OER Africa

OER Africa embarked on a research project to consider the potential of using the concept of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a strategy to further development of open education resources (OERs) in Africa. The term Community of Practice was coined by Etienne Wenger, who presents a social theory of learning. Wenger regards learning as social participation, a process of being active participants in the practices of social communities and constructing identities in relation to these communities. The term CoP has been used in various ways, and usually refers to informal networks that support people to develop shared meaning and engage in knowledge building.

The Use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA)

UNIMA finds itself in a situation where very few students have access to the approved textbooks and readings, nullifying the prescribed book lists. Resources in the reserve section of the college libraries are in great demand, and popular books undergo rebinding many times in their life cycle.

It is against this background that UNIMA embarked on a strategy to exploit Open Education Resources (OER). 

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