ROER4D weekly update – 3 February 2017

Feature on the Darakht-e-Danesh online library in Afghanistan
Sub-project 10.4 Lead Researcher Lauryn Oates has published an article about the Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’) Online Library, Afghanistan’s first comprehensive digital educational resource collection. The Library uses an interactive, multilingual custom-designed content management system, housing hundreds of OER for teachers in 18 subject categories, for both primary and secondary teachers in Afghanistan, and works in the three languages taught in the Afghan public school system: Dari, Pashto and English.

Co-ordination of Open Research training efforts
ROER4D PI Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams participated in a Skype call on 2 Feb with Beck Pitt (Co-author on the OER Hub’s Open Research course and Open Research textbook, Open University), April Clyburne-Sherin (creator of the crowdsourced resource How to do Open Research Training), Erin McKiernan (author of Why Open Research), Lorraine Chuen (Coordinator of satellite events for OpenCon) and Caroline Kuhn (Bath Spa University) to discuss possible international co-ordination of Open Research training efforts. The group will be compiling an inventory of Open Research materials as the first activity and some will meet at the OE Global conference in March to plan the next steps. Those interested in contributing are invited to contact Beck Pitt –

HabariTek January review
The January 2017 issue of HabariTek is available. HabariTek is monthly knowledge sharing and resource blog for the grantees and staff of IDRC’s Networked Economies (NE) Program. Interesting articles, links and resources cover topics such as algorithms, big data, Open Data and ICT4D.

Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs
This Global Survey aims at improving the Quality of MOOCs and is facilitated by the European Alliance MOOQ.  The survey addresses MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators and takes 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

Year of Open perspective for February is Open Source Software
The Year of Open perspective for February is Open Source Software (OSS). The perspective features examples of OSS, with personal interviews with the founders, co-founders, or designers. The Open Education Consortium has designated 2017 as the Year of Open to celebrate the positive impacts that open practices have brought to education, government, research and business.

OE Global – one month to go
The Open Education Global conference will be held in  Cape Town from the 8-10 March 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The draft program is up with an intriguing selection of excellent presentations, action labs and panels with experts from around the world. Registration is currently open.

Webinar on Growing Open Data in Africa starts 6 Jan
A reminder that ROER4D’s Data Administrator and Curation Specialist Thomas King will share ROER4D’s experiences of publishing open data and provide advice for researchers who are just getting started with curating and sharing their data as part of an online event organised by the e/Merge Africa network. The event runs 6-10 February 2017 and sign-up is currently open.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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