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OER Initiatives in Africa

OER@AVU

The availability of quality and contextualized academic content is one of the major barriers to accessing quality education in Africa.

In 2005, the African Virtual University (AVU) through a collaborative approach involving 12 African Universities started addressing this issue by developing academic...

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Senegal
Implementing organizations: 
African Virtual University (AVU)
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Adaptation
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) OER

Seeks to promote open learning through an open exploration that enables faculty, students and the global academic community to access open licensed educational resources to maximize the impact and reach of their scholarly work through open sharing.

Country/ies of operation: 
Ghana
Implementing organizations: 
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository
OER Reuse

African Health OER Network

The African Health OER Network seeks 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. The mission of the Network is to advance health education in Africa by using open educational resources (OER) to share knowledge, address curriculum gaps, and support communities around health education.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
OER Africa, University of Michigan
Initiative Type: 
OER Development
OER Adaptation
OER Reuse
Institutional Initiative
Policy Development

Thutong

The Thutong Portal is the online point of entry to a comprehensive array of free educational resources, policy information, and interactive services concerning all aspects of the South African Schooling Sector. It will provide relevant information and services about the South African school curriculum, teacher development, school administration, and management. Thutong aims to facilitate ease of use, enabling users to find and make use of its resources and services in the most intuitive ways possible.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Department of Basic Education, South Africa
Source/s of funding: 
DBE
Initiative Type: 
Government Initiative
Development of Guidelines
Policy Development
OER Development
Professional Development

ACEMaths

The aim of the Saide ACEMaths project was to pilot a collaborative process for the selection, adaptation and use of OER materials for teacher education programmes in South Africa.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
SAIDE
Initiative Type: 
OER Development
OER Adaptation
OER Reuse
Institutional Initiative

OERu

The OERu makes higher education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the OERu network of institutions offers free online courses for students worldwide. The OERu partners also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.
OERu gives you the chance to study independently, from home, with access to world-class courses from recognised institutions.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
OER Foundation, NOUN, University of South Africa, North-West University
Source/s of funding: 
UNESCO
Initiative Type: 
NGO Initiative
Donor-Funded Initiative
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

NOUN - OEC

As an ODL institution, we are an equal opportunity university determined to meet the following objectives that necessitated the establishment of open and distance education in Nigeria:

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

Skills for a Changing World

The Skills for a Changing World Programme seeks to provide educational opportunities for those who are currently excluded from post-schooling education both at Further Education and Training (FET) level and Higher Education (HE) level. In addition to preparing students for further study, the programme also aims to prepare students for the world of work by focusing on the development of generic skills that are essential for successful functioning in today's economy.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Implementing organizations: 
Foundation OER
Initiative Type: 
OER Reuse
Institutional Initiative

AgShare

The aim of the AgShare project is to create a scalable and sustainable method of filling critical gaps in agriculture related curriculum through a redesigned MSc process. Graduate students are engaged in action and participatory research which connects them to communities and smallholders and through rigorous research practices produces high quality peer reviewed research, case studies and extension materials.

Country/ies of operation: 
Kenya
Ethiopia
Uganda
Implementing organizations: 
OER Africa
Initiative Type: 
Research
OER Development
OER Adaptation
OER Respository
Institutional Initiative

IADP-SADC Digital Resources Project

Initially the project was conceived as an extension of the International Association of Digital Publications? (IADP) Affordable Access project from South Africa into the SADC region. The Affordable Access project provides free and/or heavily discounted copyrighted electronic textbooks to students at tertiary institutions. It relies on Digital Rights Management systems to protect the interests of the publisher.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Malawi
Botswana
Implementing organizations: 
OER Africa
Initiative Type: 
OER Reuse
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal

University of Cape Town - FutureLearn

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
The Open University (UK)
Initiative Type: 
OER Reuse
OER Repository
Professional Development

Free High School Science Texts project (FHSST)

Siyavula's quality, curriculum-aligned maths and science textbooks span Grades 4-12.

You can read them online, or download them ? all totally for free. Plus, our books are open resources, so you can copy them, share them, or even modify and expand them.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Siyavula
Initiative Type: 
OER Development
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

MERLOT African Network (MAN)

MAN is a network of partnerships between African and US educational institutions affiliated with the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) and leading global eLearning providers with educational programs targeting Sub-Saharan Africa.

MAN's goal is to facilitate communities of eLearning expertise and capacity building for open education, scholarship, and development in Africa.

Country/ies of operation: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Initiative Type: 
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse
Research

Leadership Initiative for Public Health in East Africa (LIPHEA)

The Leadership Initiative for Public Health in East Africa (LIPHEA) initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH) and Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) to not only provide effective public health leadership for Uganda and Tanzania, but also to catalyze the training of public health leaders in the whole region.

Country/ies of operation: 
Uganda
Tanzania
Source/s of funding: 
USAID
Initiative Type: 
Donor-Funded Initiative
Institutional Initiative
Professional Development
OER Reuse

Free Courseware Project

The Free Courseware Project promotes the publication and use of free and open educational resources at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The Free Courseware project is part of a broader move towards implementation of publicizing and producing open educational resources.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of Western Cape
Initiative Type: 
Institutional Initiative
OER Repository/Portal
OER Reuse

Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL)

T-TEL seeks to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education in Ghana by improving the quality of teaching and learning in relevant national bodies, institutions and all 40 Colleges of Education (CoEs).

Country/ies of operation: 
Ghana
Implementing organizations: 
Cambridge Education
Source/s of funding: 
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Initiative Type: 
OER Reuse
Donor-Funded Initiative
OER Repository

OpenMed - Opening up Education in South-Mediterranean countries (OpenMed)

The overarching goal of OpenMed is to raise Awareness and facilitate the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the Arab Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on higher education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine.

Country/ies of operation: 
Morocco
Egypt
Implementing organizations: 
University of Mauritius
Initiative Type: 
OER Reuse
Advocacy/Awareness-Raising

Support Of Open Licensing In Early Childhood Literacy Efforts In The Developing World- The Hewlett Literacy Resource Network

Neil Butcher and Associates, a consulting firm with OER expertise, will conduct research to determine whether and how open licenses could help increase the amount of reading material available to children across the developing world. The results are expected to inform policy solutions to high rates of illiteracy among young children and, more specifically, help shape the Global Book Alliance, a consortium being established by international donors.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
Neil Butcher and Associates
Source/s of funding: 
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Initiative Type: 
Research
Development of Guidelines/OER Support Materials
Donor-Funded Initiative

Open Education for Eye Care (OEEC)

The International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is creating a series of OER courses in public health eye care which are relevant to health care workers around the world.By the end of 2019 we will have released 7 courses and ~500 separate OER materials.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Source/s of funding: 
Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund| The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository
Institutional Initiative
OER Development

OpenUCT

OpenUCT is the open access institutional repository of the University of Cape Town (UCT). It makes available and digitally preserves the scholarly outputs produced at UCT, including theses and dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, technical and research reports, and open educational resources. These resources are organised into collections that are mapped against the university's organisational structure.

Country/ies of operation: 
South Africa
Implementing organizations: 
University of Cape Town
Initiative Type: 
OER Repository
Institutional Repository
Institutional Initiative

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