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An Introduction to OER Africa and AgShare Dr Alice Barlow-Zambodla RUFORUM Biennial Conference 26th September 2012
Who we are and what we do• An initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) that seeks to promote OER use in Africa.• We play a leading role in supporting Higher Education institutions across Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER)• OER are educational resources that are freely available for use
Key AssumptionsOER has the potential to:1. Increase availability of high quality, need-targeted and contextually relevant learning materials;2. Reduce the cost of accessing educational materials;3. Allow adaptation of materials and contextualisation to various extents4. Facilitate collaborative partnership of people working in communities of practice, preferably across/within institutions.
What is AgShare?What is Ag?•All aspects of African animal, plant, forestry, andfisheries production and value networks.What is Share?•Action•Collaboration•Intentionally creating and sharing African teaching,learning and research resources that are free, openly-licensed and effective. (Geith, 2010)
Introducing AgShare• The AgShare core strategy is a student centred participatory action research-based approach for the co-creation and publication of purposeful agricultural knowledge within and across agricultural stakeholder groups.• Pilot phase funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.• Objectives were to: – Bridge gaps identified in curriculum for African MSc in Agriculture – Enrich the resulting resources through outreach with the community and through student intervention
What makes it special?• Student-centred• Participatory action research that involves all stakeholders in identifying problems and decision making• Students and other stakeholders active participants in research and co-creators of knowledge• Faster dissemination of relevant information• Two-way communication between university and farming stakeholders• Enhances quality of academic programmes
Which partner institutions?• Haramaya University (AICM and CMMAE) – Extension and Coffee• Moi University (CMMAE) - Maize• Makerere University (COVAB) – Dairy Value Chain• USIU – Agribusiness for farmers
Types of OER outputsIn a variety of digital formats (online/offline use):•Research articles, Case studies, Learning andteaching Modules, Pamphlets and Leaflets forCommunities, Video etc•AgShare Resource Guide
Where can the OER be found? • OER developed through AgShare and other associated project documents are available on the OER Africa website (in multiple formats) and can be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.oerafrica.org/agshare/AgShareHome/ or http://tinyurl.com/agshare
What next?• Next phase: Strengthening critical value chains with AgShare Open Knowledge• Value chain focus (CARPs)• Country focus: Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania• Partners involved:
Project Objectives1. Creation of an enabling environment to facilitate institutional uptake and integration of AgShare methodology and OER development and use2. Development of institutional capacity with regards to OER development etc3. Widespread dissemination of AgShare methodology and OER
For more information contactDr Alice Barlow-Zambodla Dr Karen Vignare Ms Nodumo DhlaminiSaide MSU Global RUFORUMalicebz@saide.org.za firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comURL: www.oerafrica.org THANK YOU This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.