Two OER advocacy workshops took place in May 2011 to coincide with the eLearning Africa Conference that took place from 25 - 28 May 2011 in Dar-es-Salaam.

The first workshop took place at the Open University of Tanzania and the second one at the Institute for Adult Learning. The workshops were highly interactive and participants participated in several activities such as discussions and exploring current OER websites.  Through-out the workshop participants worked with the concepts of OER in their local context.

Practical examples of using OER (in specific Africa) were explored and examples of materials using OER were looked into.  The workshop explored the use, re-use and re-purpose of OER through the OER life cycle. 

In specific the workshop explored how to use OER:
# to enhance existing courses and offerings (example of the Asian eUniversity Masters in Education);
# to improve existing materials;
# to create new parts of courses/offerings (example of Bundu College of Agriculture, Malawi) 
# to create new courses (example of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana)
# to use students to generate OER (example of Athabasca University, Canada)

The institutions were encouraged to to consider OER when they upgrade existing or develop new courses/materials and to release materials developed as OER.

 
 
The Commonwealth of Learning has developed a one-day workshop to introduce institutions to Open Educational Resources (OER).

The purpose of this website is to provide participants with the presentations, documentations and links that are used in the above workshop.  It can also be used by individuals as a self-directed activity to understand how OER can be used, re-used and re-purposed to support teaching and learning in open and distance learning (ODL) contexts.

Your comments, inputs and ideas will be valued.

If you have used the materials and found it helpful, please let us know.

 
 
The College of The Bahamas requested COL to hold an advocacy workshop on OER in The Bahamas.  The workshop took place on 4 March 2011 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

The workshop covered 6 sub-themes as outlined in this website.
  • Context of learning
  • What are OER?
    • Definition
    • Licensing
  • The OER Landscape
  • Quality and OER
  • Economy of OER
  • OER Lifecycle
The workshop was highly interactive and participants participated in several activities such as discussions and exploring current OER websites.  Through-out the workshop participants worked with the concepts of OER in their local context and every time the application for the Family Islands were up-fronted.   Practical examples of using OER in The Bahamas were explored and examples of publically funded  materials such as the materials developed for Early Childhood Development were encouraged to release it as OER. 

I am very keen to see how the participants are responding to the workshop and what they can do to include OER in their work. 
 

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    Trudi van Wyk, eLearning Specialist, Commonwealth of Learning

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