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Africa’s journey to Open
Education
Prof Mpine Makoe
Institute for
Open Distance Learning
ACDE – Victoria Falls,
Zimbabwe
7...
Triple challenges of education in
developing countries
Challenges
• Lack of infrastructure - limited access to
electricity and telephone networks; poor roads
and postal services...
Access to technology
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
cellphone landline computer internet radio TV
Potential for using cell phones
More than 80 % of households have access to cell phones
South Africa is ranked 5th
in the ...
OER and
MOOCS INITIATIVES
• ACDE
• OER AFRICA
• OERu
• Consumers not producers
Collaboration initiative
– MOOCs - English Writing Course - Pilot
– Open access MOOC
– Support intervention
– Accessed thr...
• Context specific
• Open Educational Resources
• Address our concerns – student support;
access to technology
• Accessibl...
• Create policies and strategies
• Collaborative development of high quality learning
resources – OER
• Improved access to...
UNISA STRATEGY TO
OPEN EDUCATION
REASOURCES
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
UNISA OER STRATEGY…
• Commitment to the concept of openness –
(access)
• Africanisation (philosophy, in...
Way forward
• Development of an effective management
systems
• Establish an open learning framework
• Systematic integrati...
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Africa’s journey to Open Education

  1. 1. Africa’s journey to Open Education Prof Mpine Makoe Institute for Open Distance Learning ACDE – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 7 June 2014
  2. 2. Triple challenges of education in developing countries
  3. 3. Challenges • Lack of infrastructure - limited access to electricity and telephone networks; poor roads and postal services; • Digital fluency - fewer people who have expertise of using computers • Learner support • Expanding access to higher education
  4. 4. Access to technology 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 cellphone landline computer internet radio TV
  5. 5. Potential for using cell phones More than 80 % of households have access to cell phones South Africa is ranked 5th in the world for mobile data usage (1st Russia and 7th is USA) 50% urban and 27% rural dwellers browse the internet from their cell phones Cell phones are more accessible to most rural communities in terms of cost, geographic coverage and ease to use Encourage people to learn together “while retaining individual control over their time, space, presence, activity, identity and relationship” (Anderson, 2005).
  6. 6. OER and MOOCS INITIATIVES • ACDE • OER AFRICA • OERu • Consumers not producers
  7. 7. Collaboration initiative – MOOCs - English Writing Course - Pilot – Open access MOOC – Support intervention – Accessed through the internet in their cell phones AIM – Analyse learner practices – Gather research data
  8. 8. • Context specific • Open Educational Resources • Address our concerns – student support; access to technology • Accessible anywhere, anytime and anyplace • Sustainability • Quality Guiding Principles
  9. 9. • Create policies and strategies • Collaborative development of high quality learning resources – OER • Improved access to and use of appropriate technology • Supporting a wider range of post schooling study options • Technological infrastructure • Shared learning and support centres
  10. 10. UNISA STRATEGY TO OPEN EDUCATION REASOURCES
  11. 11. GUIDING PRINCIPLES UNISA OER STRATEGY… • Commitment to the concept of openness – (access) • Africanisation (philosophy, interests and epistemology) • Enhance graduateness (21st century skills) • Social justice
  12. 12. Way forward • Development of an effective management systems • Establish an open learning framework • Systematic integration of OER

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