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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.
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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. 
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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.

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Professional Development Strategy for Teachers in Guyana: A Case Study. COL, Commonwealth Secretariat

The Guyana case study demonstrates that ICT can be used effectively as a catalyst for educational change. The potential benefits that can be derived from embracing ICT tools and content (in the form of OER) are significant and can enhance teaching and learning, administration and communication.
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