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Turning the Ship
OER AS CHANGE AGENTS IN TRANSFORMING
CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENTS
OER Africa (Mandate)
2008-2015 Formed with funding from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
– It is an initiative of the ...
My OER Projects
Initiative Type of Engagement
1 Univ. Pretoria, Faculty of
Veterinary Science (SA)
Faculty level adoption ...
OER Value Statement
Benefits of OER and Open Education (OCW, OA, OD, OS)
-Increased access to quality resources and course...
Blake (CC Zero)
So why is it hard to turn the ship?
We are turning … but
Policy penetration slow (OER Map: African Countries that mention ...
So why is it hard to turn the ship?
1. Character of the Current Education Sector
2. Teacher and student expectations
3. Ch...
Some ideas
Existing education sectors (From ministry, district officials, Head masters and educators but
including parents...
OER as Change Agents
When facilitated OER can demonstrate good practice:
Student-centric Education
◦ St Peters Project (St...
Thanks
OER Africa Website: www.oerafrica.org
Andrew Moore: andryn@iafrica.com
eLA (2015) Turning the Ship
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eLA (2015) Turning the Ship

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Presentation on OER and their potential use as Change Agents, used by Andrew Moore at eLearning Africa Conference, Addis Ababa (May 2015)

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eLA (2015) Turning the Ship

  1. 1. Turning the Ship OER AS CHANGE AGENTS IN TRANSFORMING CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENTS
  2. 2. OER Africa (Mandate) 2008-2015 Formed with funding from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – It is an initiative of the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide). Mandate: To create an environment where African academics both use existing OER and release there own teaching resources under a common license. Focus: Ministerial and institutional IPR policy creation that provides ‘space’ for OER in traditionally restrictive environments. Focus: Advocacy and professional development for staff and students within higher education institutions
  3. 3. My OER Projects Initiative Type of Engagement 1 Univ. Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science (SA) Faculty level adoption of OER to determine model for institutional roll out: Includes policy, advocacy, capacity building and repository development. 2 UNISA (SA) Institutional adoption: Includes policy, advocacy, capacity building, course development both PD and MOOC style. 3 UNESCO ICT CFT (Kenya & Oman) MOE Teacher professional development course development using a blended learning model. OER used to create online content and activities for 14 weeks in English and Arabic 4 Maths OER Textbook (Antigua) OER collected and stacked against curriculum statements to form adaptable ‘textbook’ 5 St Peters College (SA) Students repurpose OER to develop the curriculum for Grade 9 History (WWII and Cold War) – Use LMS to structure content and add interactivity
  4. 4. OER Value Statement Benefits of OER and Open Education (OCW, OA, OD, OS) -Increased access to quality resources and courses - For everyone - Any time - Anywhere - At little cost -Adaptable resources - Supports contextualisation - Supports customisation (suit individual needs) Who has the most to benefit from open education? Students… • affected by lack of resources • affected by limited study options • receiving below par quality education • not able to go to ‘school’ • not able to afford ‘school’ Others who benefit include educators, institutions and ministries… • Exposure and affirmation (Marketing) • Speedy development of new materials and courses • Cost effective in developing or updating courses and programmes.
  5. 5. Blake (CC Zero)
  6. 6. So why is it hard to turn the ship? We are turning … but Policy penetration slow (OER Map: African Countries that mention OER – Kenya, Ghana and SA) Institutional adoption patchy (mainly institutions from Developed Countries) Funders, therefore, focus on western agendas such as Open Textbooks further alienating adoption beyond the West. Dearth of African sources – We just don’t have enough shared regional resources, reliant on the materials released by advanced nation institutions. Teachers oblivious or disinterested (OER on eLA agenda for years yet penetration small)
  7. 7. So why is it hard to turn the ship? 1. Character of the Current Education Sector 2. Teacher and student expectations 3. Character of those who would benefit the most
  8. 8. Some ideas Existing education sectors (From ministry, district officials, Head masters and educators but including parents) so regimented that they stifle individual creativity and innovation (especially at basic and secondary levels). -> Trapped in a deteriorating cycle? Teachers require new ICT skills as well as becoming proficient at adapting resources. Resist change because they are too busy. Students currently don’t want to work ‘harder’, enjoy being passive and resist being active users initially. Teachers and students don’t want copies, nor equal education, they want the brand (Not MITx but the real campus experience.) -> exodus of students to study overseas. -> Local HE institutions attempt to emulate rather than innovate despite not being viable without increased state funding. The destitute and most needy will be the last to hear and use open education because of low access to technology the internet and resources to study.
  9. 9. OER as Change Agents When facilitated OER can demonstrate good practice: Student-centric Education ◦ St Peters Project (Students build learning resources to support curriculum) Teachers as Facilitators ◦ St Peters Project & Antigua Maths Textbook (Teachers don’t teach but facilitate learning) Cost effectiveness in developing learning interventions ◦ Kenyan ICTCFT Course development and pilot ◦ Antigua Maths Textbook project Quick time to development ◦ Omani ICTCFT Course development process (English – Arabic with customisation)
  10. 10. Thanks OER Africa Website: www.oerafrica.org Andrew Moore: andryn@iafrica.com

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