African Health OER Network - OER World Congress


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Presentation by Ted Hanss given at the UNESCO OER World Congress in Paris on June 22, 2012.

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African Health OER Network - OER World Congress

  1. 1. Health Open Educational Resources: Local Capacity Building and Global Sharing African Health OER Network Case Study Ted Hanss University of Michigan UNESCO World OER Congress 22 June 2012 Copyright 2012 The University of Michigan. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0#1 License. To view a copy of this license, visit <>.
  2. 2. Challenges •  Low budgets, small workforce, high disease burden •  Scarce, aging, and emigrating teaching Image  CC:BY-­‐NC  University  of  Ghana   staff Crowded clinical •  Insufficient settings classroom spaces#2
  3. 3. When  you  look  in   textbooks  it’s  difficult  to   find  African  cases.  The   cases  may  be  pre=y   similar  but  some>mes  it   can  be  confusing  when   you  see  something  that   you  see  on  white  skin  so   nicely  and  very  easy  to   pick  up,  but  on  the  dark   skin  it  has  a  different   manifesta>on  that  may  be   difficult  to  see.     -­‐Richard  Phillips,  lecturer,   Department  of  Internal   Image  CC:BY-­‐NC-­‐SA  Kwame  Nkrumah     Medicine,  KNUST  (Ghana)   University  of  Science  and  Technology  #3
  4. 4. The mission of the African Health Open Educational Resources (OER) Network is to advance health education in Africa by creating and promoting free, openly licensed teaching materials created by Africans to share knowledge, address curriculum gaps, and support health education#4 communities.
  5. 5. Gather  Exis5ng  Materials   Assist  health  professionals  in  finding  materials  that   are  free,  electronic,  and  openly  licensed  (i.e.   expressly  allow  the  general  public  to  use,  adapt,   copy,  and  redistribute)   Approach Facilitate     Discussion   Foster  dialogue     Adapt  and  Create   between  health     Publicly  Distribute   New  Materials   professionals  around     Materials   Provide  tools  and   pedagogy,  policy,     Promote  the  materials   guides  for  educators   peer  review,  and  openness     worldwide  through   and  students  to   via  onsite  consultaLon,   mulLple  online  and   design,  license,  and   discussion  lists,  conference   offline  methods   share  learning   calls,  and  newsleOers     materials  #5
  6. 6. Accomplishments •  160 individuals trained •  Student publishing assistants •  12 institutions have contributed OER Africa Convening, 2011. Photo CC BY Saide. –  135 learning modules, including 339 separate materials –  144 videos •  Over 1 million YouTube views •  Access from over 190 countries •  Policy workshops and subsequent implementation of OER-enabling policies#6
  7. 7. Visualization of greatest wordfrequency in YouTube comments – from
  8. 8. OER Examples Midwifery students in Malawi at Kamuzu College of Nursing show off OER course materials on CD-ROM Photo CC BY Saide.#8
  9. 9. Image  CC:BY-­‐NC-­‐SA  Saide  and  University  of  Botswana  #9
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  11. 11. PCR Animation,CC BY-NC CaryEngleberg, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie#11
  12. 12. CC BY-NC Cary Engleberg, Ohene Opare-Sem#12
  13. 13. CC BY-NC Cary Engleberg, Ohene Opare-Sem#13
  14. 14. Challenges and Lessons Learned •  Intellectual property and faculty reward •  Technology standards and interoperability •  Building partnerships and sustainability •  Best Practices: –  Institutional level planning –  Building collaborations with other institutions –  Planning the big picture –  Deployment –  Assessment#14 –  Sustainability
  15. 15. Questions/Discussion#15
  16. 16. Ted Hanss Chief Information Officer University of Michigan Medical School More information: Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Hewlett Foundation#16