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UNESCO ICT CFT Tutorials

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.

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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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). 

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. 

Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources

Whilst there is an unprecedented demand for access to higher education, most governments also face challenges in providing the necessary support to public institutions (Power, 2000). There is much debate about how to fund expanding academic systems, with current approaches emphasising the need for students to at least share the cost of instruction.
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