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Developing new CPD models for effective OER practices in African higher education


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Presentation of Neil Butcher, OE Africa, South Africa, for the Open Education Week's fourth day webinar on "OER quality assessment " - 7 March 2019
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Developing new CPD models for effective OER practices in African higher education

  1. 1. Developing new CPD models for effective OER practices in African higher education • Effective OER practices are failing to spread in African universities (also a global reality). • We think that this is related to a large-scale need for PD around pedagogical and cognitive skills and competences. • Despite this, dominant forms of CPD are still formal courses and workshops, both of which are expensive and hard to scale
  2. 2. Considering new models • Paucity of research on PD in African institutions • Through our work, we identified six core areas of pedagogical improvement: • Effective learning design for programmes/courses • Learning from well-designed educational resources • Inclusion of multiple voices/perspectives demonstrating the contested nature of knowledge • Knowledge construction • Regular, specific, and constructive feedback from educators and peers • Application of knowledge and work-integrated learning (WIL) • For each, we have unpacked what it covers and indicated how effective use of OER can support such improvements
  3. 3. By way of example… Improvement Area Explanation Roles for OER in Supporting Improvement 1) Effective learning design for programmes/cou rses • Clear and transparent learning design • Flexibility, receptiveness, and openness in programme/course design • Curriculum developers need exposure to a range of different learning approaches • Meaningful and appropriate exposure to and integration of technology as part of teaching and learning design • Sharing course designs under open licences may encourage curriculum designers to invest more heavily in design phase given potential for increased peer scrutiny • Existing, high quality programme/course designs can be shared under open licences to serve as exemplars for other designers, both within and across disciplines • OER can be used to build professional development courses cost effectively for curriculum developers • Existing professional development course materials can be shared under open licences By way of example…