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The Health Open Educational Resources Network: Building Capacity for Health Education in Africa


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Presentation by Ted Hanss, Cary Engleberg, Catherine Ngugi, and Neil Butcher at the Global Health Council June 2010 in Washington, DC

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The Health Open Educational Resources Network: Building Capacity for Health Education in Africa

  1. 1. Building Capacity for Health Education Global Health Conference Washington, DC June 14th 2010
  2. 2. Global Health Challenges <ul><li>Significant global health challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Need for more trained health workers </li></ul><ul><li>Need for greater investment in building that capacity </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do we respond?
  4. 4. A few examples of pilot projects <ul><li>Click here for menu </li></ul>
  5. 5. Impact of Pilot Projects <ul><li>Faculty members </li></ul><ul><li>selected their highest quality educational content to share internationally </li></ul><ul><li>used new media formats to enhance presentation of their content on-line </li></ul><ul><li>connected with media specialists for assistance in formatting and presenting content effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Learners </li></ul><ul><li>found structured OER materials easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>usually preferred electronic-based materials to other educational resources </li></ul>
  6. 7. Impact of Improved Health Education on Health Difficult to prove causality; Better metrics and research needed Poorly educated health workforce  worse health However, no one ever challenges the inverse: Better educated health workforce  better health Proposition that demands proof:
  7. 8. Potential Impact on Health Profession Teaching <ul><li>OER Producers </li></ul><ul><li>(first adopters) </li></ul><ul><li>High quality of content </li></ul><ul><li>Import or production of electronic media (images, video, animation, interactive) </li></ul><ul><li>On-line print/image content replaces some textbook/journal access </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborations with media specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Progression of scope: lectures  modules  courses </li></ul>Individual Learners African Health OER Network <ul><li>End Users </li></ul><ul><li>(other institutions) </li></ul><ul><li>Fills unmet curricular needs </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching improved </li></ul><ul><li>Open material adapted for different groups of trainees </li></ul>
  8. 9. Health Education in Africa
  9. 10. Health Education in Africa <ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Kamuzu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy Reviews towards development of supportive institutional environment; </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of Concept Pilots in support of the reinvention of African higher education program curricula ; </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of OER </li></ul><ul><li>Vision of OER Africa </li></ul>
  10. 11. Why Participate. . .
  11. 12. OER Networking for Health Education <ul><li>Initiatives to enable participants to develop, adapt, and share health education resources to augment limited human and other resources in the health sector and impact positively on overall health provision in Africa and beyond. </li></ul>
  12. 13. The Health OER Network <ul><li>Aims to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate the results of multiple initiatives by collecting, classifying, tagging, and then actively sharing Africa-initiated resources with the global health community; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate discussion of how those resources can best be used; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share exemplars of best practice; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work through institutions and associations to advocate the principles of openness and sharing of educational materials. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. The Health OER Network <ul><li>Operational Principles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not owned by any single entity, but rather by all participants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network participants will drive processes based on their needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health OER Network activities should not generate additional workload for those involved, but rather help people to manage their current workloads more effectively. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Code of Conduct will be established and continually updated through ongoing consultation to set rules of ‘engagement’ between members. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. The Health OER Network <ul><li>The Network does NOT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold funds for disbursement to Network participants; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform centralized quality control functions on behalf of participants (although it will create spaces for participants to do this work themselves); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek to control membership, which will be open; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop content itself, as this will only take place through participants’ individual and collaborative activities. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Q & A
  16. 17. Thank you Catherine Ngugi Neil Butcher [email_address] [email_address] Ted Hanss Cary Engleberg [email_address] Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike License