ROER4D weekly update – 24 February 2017

Sub-project 5 runs workshops to develop the Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources
The Sub-project 5 team designed and conducted a workshop for teachers and teacher educators of Telangana, in South India earlier this month to enable the ‘Telangana Repository of Open Educational Resources’ (TROER). The TROER portal is modelled on the lines of the Karnataka Open Educational Resources (KOER) portal, which was developed through Sub-project 5’s earlier work in Karnataka. The workshop discussed the basic design of the OER repository as well as the design of content for Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Languages for Telangana schools. Participants added data and metadata for their subjects in the workshop. The TROER has been designed using the MediaWiki FOSS platform (which is also used by Wikipedia). The Sub-project 5 team had earlier worked with the Telangana team to develop an ICT student textbook and teacher handbook for the Telangana schools. These books are also part of the TROER portal, and use the Wiki Books extension of MediaWiki makes development and publishing of textbooks relatively simple and easy. The Sub-project 5 researchers will be presenting on their collaborative OER adoption approach in Karnataka at the OE Global Conference in March 2017.

Blog post on students as OER capacitators
Our latest blog post features an interview with Thomas King, ROER4D’s Research Administrator, who discusses his Master’s research which investigated an OER Adaptation project run at the University of Cape Town which cast students in the role of ‘hunter-gatherers’ and adapters of OER, and who would work with lecturers to add the requisite capacity to OER adaptation and sharing. Thomas will expand on the research approach and findings in his presentation ‘Postgraduate students as OER Capacitators’ at the OE Global Conference in March 2017.

OER Regional Consultations underway
The Africa OER Regional Consultation is due to be held 2-3 March in Port Louis, Mauritius, and ROER4D PI Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams will be attending. The Commonwealth of Learning is holding six Regional Consultations in the lead up to the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, which is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 18-20 September 2017. The overall theme of the Regional Consultations is “OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action”, reflecting a strong focus on the role of OER in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4. Video proceedings from the Asia Regional Consultations, which were held at the end of 2016, are available to view.

Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey launched
A new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS) and funded by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) seeks to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced learning are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable model. The researchers have launched a survey and invite participation from the ROER4D network.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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