Skip to main content

Open Educational Resources

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.

Read more

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.
Read more

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). 

Read more

ICT, Education, Development, and the Knowledge Society

This paper is one of a series prepared for the AUC capacity building programme, with a focus on ICT, Education, Development and the Knowledge Society. It focuses on understanding what a knowledge society is and exploring its relationship to ICT, Education, and Development. It thereafter considers trends in ICT integration in Education and Development and highlights some of the challenges in implementing ICT in education initiatives in Africa. Finally, some tentative recommendations on key issues are presented. 
Read more

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation/COL Open Education Resources for Open Schools: Final Evaluation: Main Report

The project has been developed for a range of stakeholders including the funder, the COL project team, the country consultants and the teachers.Specifically, for the funder, the report provides an analysis of the project’s overall achievement in terms of the main objectives of the study.

Read more

A Government Policy Development Template to Progress Effective Implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER)

The concept of OER has emerged as having great potential to support educational transformation, given its principle of the right to education by all. It is considered a worthwhile option, particularly in the context of spiralling education costs and the need to make education more accessible, affordable and useable.
Read more
Subscribe to Open Educational Resources