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.

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    Trudi van Wyk, eLearning Specialist, Commonwealth of Learning


    June 2011