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  • 1. OER – Teaching and Learning Materials at UCT Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams Centre for Educational Technology University of Cape Town Seminar on Open Learning in South African Universities 23 July 2013
  • 2. View of the use of OER in South African universities • SA universities should (ideally) – not merely be USING existing OER, but being active CONTRIBUTORS – least we become mere consumers – Find ways to collaborate on the development of OER with each other and international institutions – especially for “at risk courses” – Find ways to lobby for more open access to journal articles which are the “educational resources” at post-graduate level
  • 3. UCT’s involvement in OER Research project on open access, OER & “open community” DVC signs Cape Town Open Education Declaration UCT OER implementation project & Health OER project Launch of UCT OpenContent directory & Scholarly Communication in Africa Project OpenUCT initiative & VC signs Berlin declaration & small OER grants OER grants for staff & students and re-development of UCT OpenContent directory OER adaptation team & international research on OER in the Global South 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • 4. Barriers & enablements to OER adoption Organisational Vision Management Champions Incentives - grants No policy No rewards No income stream Technical UCT OpenContent directory IP Advice Graphic design Limited technical expertise Academic Willingness Collaboration Research Lack of time Lack of design skill      
  • 5. Processes and mechanisms to enable the adoption of OER International •Research on current adoption •Research on current needs •Support for OER aggregators •Better ways to deal with derivative work – hosting and citing •Lobby for more open access to journal articles National •Policy aligned with revenue stream •Collaboration with other universities •Lobbying and brokering relationships between other “open” stakeholders – open access, open data, open science •Lobby for more open access to journal articles Institutional •Policy and strategy development •Recognition in appraisal process •IP advice •Technical support •Design support •Grants •Management of OER •Liaison with other open initiatives •Frame OERs within a broad open agenda Departmental •Identify key “at risk” courses •Identify unique disciplinary contributions •Workload planning •Identification of senior students to assist with OER adaptation
  • 6. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Prepared by: Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams Contact: Presentation: QR code: