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OER Initiatives in Africa

Open University of Mauritius

The Open University aims at delivering quality education to learners who are unable to be physically present on campus. With flexible study options, its prospective learners can study from home, work, or anywhere in the world, at a time that suits them and their lifestyle. Even if the OU is not a residential university, we greet our learners at the Induction session, and organise tutorial sessions where learners meet tutors.

Country/ies of operation: 
Mauritius
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Mauritius
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

University of South Africa Institutional Repository

An open digital archive of scholarly intellectual and research outputs of the University of South Africa. The UnisaIR contains and preserves theses and dissertations, research articles, conference papers, rare and special materials and many other digital assets.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of South Africa
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Repository
Research

Zimbabwe Open University

The Zimbabwe Open University is a multi-disciplinary and inter-faculty institution of higher learning offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes. ZOU offers degree and non-degree programmes through distance teaching and open learning to youth and adult learners.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zimbabwe
Implementing organizations: 
Zimbabwe Open University
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository
Institutional Initiative
Research

Zambian Open University

ZAOU strives to be an internationally recognized Open University providing quality education through distance learning.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zambia
Implementing organizations: 
Zambian Open University

Arab Open University of Sudan

Aims to develop and disseminate knowledge, and build expertise according to international quality standards without time or geographical barriers for the sake of contributing and preparing manpower for development needs, and to build science and knowledge society in the Arab countries

Country/ies of operation: 
Sudan
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Sudan
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

Open University of Tanzania (OUT)

Building on a relationship that commenced in 2008, OER Africa and OUT collaboratively took stock of progress in 2013, and identified current needs, which included the following ? and which the two institutions will collaboratively seek to address during this grant period: The institutionalisation of OER at OUT, including support for the review and update of a variety of OER related institutional policies;

Country/ies of operation: 
Tanzania
Implementing organizations: 
Open University of Tanzania
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
Policy Development
Policy Implementation

The OER4Schools Professional Learning Resource

This CCE-funded 'OER4Schools' project started in August 2009 with a pilot phase, that was completed in May 2010. Through this pilot, we assessed the feasibility of providing Open Educational Resources (OER) to ICT- and Internet-equipped primary schools in Zambia, and of supporting interactive forms of subject pedagogy with the new resources.

Country/ies of operation: 
Zambia
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Source/s of funding: 
Cambridge College of Education
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
Institutional Initiative
OER Reuse
OER Development
OER Adaptation

Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project

The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The primary objective of the programme is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding the use and impact of OER

Country/ies of operation: 
South America
Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia
Source/s of funding: 
UK Aid
Initiative Type: 
Research
Policy Development
Policy Implementation
OER Repository
Development of Guidelines/OER Support Materials

African Storybook

Open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa. For children's literacy, enjoyment and imagination.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Implementing organizations: 
SAIDE
Source/s of funding: 
Comic Relief
UK
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal

South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE)

Saide is committed to the process of transformation of education and training so to increase equitable and meaningful access to knowledge, skills and learning through the adoption of open learning principles, distance education methods and educational technology.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
SAIDE
Source/s of funding: 
Multiple
Initiative Type: 
Development of Guidelines/OER Support Materials
OER Development
OER Adaptation
Research
Institutional Initiative
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Donor-Funded Initiative

African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)

The African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) is a continental educational organization comprising African universities and other higher education institutions, which are committed to expanding access to quality education and training through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) including e-Learning. It is a unifying body of distance education providers and practitioners in Africa, ACDE and was formally launched in January 2004 at Egerton University, Kenya.

Country/ies of operation: 
Africa-wide
Implementing organizations: 
African Council for Distance Education
Initiative Type: 
OER Development
OER Reuse
Research
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Institutional Repository
Institutional Initiative

Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT)

The Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) portal supports classroom activities of teachers of junior secondary schools (JSS). The ORELT project aims to:

1.Provide a bank of ?open content? multi-media resources in online and traditional text formats that will support school based education and training for teachers in junior secondary schools;

Implementing organizations: 
Commonwealth of Learning
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository
Institutional Initiative

AfriVIP- The African Veterinary Information Portal

All the materials of AfriVIP are Open Education Resources (OER) and therefore carry an open license (Creative Commons), allowing it to be freely copied, distributed, and adapted without asking copyright permission.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of Pretoria
Initiative Type: 
OER Adaptation
OER Repository
Professional Development

Obami

Obami portal?s OpenMe! course contains modules and activities for elementary students to learn about Creative Commons, content licensing, and resource exchange.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Obami
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
OER Repository

School of Open

School of Open is an initiative run by a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of 'openness' in the digital age. School of Open also provides educational materials on how to add a Creative Commons license to work, and free resources for classroom use, remix a music video, and more. It is a product of Peer 2 Peer University and Creative Commons. Read about School of Open Africa initiatives in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
Implementing organizations: 
Creative Commons
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
OER Adaptation
OER Reuse
Professional Development
Research

openAfrica

openAFRICA is a free public and independent source for open data for Africa, maintained by Code for Africa. Data can be downloaded, uploaded, stored, or made available publicly. Search for data by country. openAFRICA runs with support from the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), the World Bank Institute (WBI), and Google.

Country/ies of operation: 
Africa-wide
Implementing organizations: 
Code for Africa
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository
Institutional Initiative

Open Africa Toolkits

Open Africa encourages the people, institutions, and governments of countries to share their knowledge and give open access to let knowledge and creativity thrive.

Country/ies of operation: 
Africa-wide
Implementing organizations: 
WikiAfrica
Initiative Type: 
OER Portal

African Nazarene University- ANU Open

Exists but not information on website

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Implementing organizations: 
African Nazarene University
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
Research

Molteno African Language Readers and Organisational Development (Vula Bula)

The Vula Bula graded reading programme is unique in that each series originates from the respective indigenous South African language - as opposed to being translated from English - and is carefully designed in accordance with the natural phonic progression of that language.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy
Source/s of funding: 
Zenex Foundation
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Development
Donor-Funded Initiative

Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA)

TESSA is a network of teachers and teacher educators stretching across Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of the network is a bank of open educational resources (OER), linked to the school curriculum, and designed to support teachers and teacher educators in developing active approaches to learning. The network is co-ordinated by The Open University, UK.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Implementing organizations: 
The Open University (UK)
Initiative Type: 
OER Adaptation
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

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