ROER4D weekly update – 19 May 2017

e/merge Africa network offers webinars on growing OEP
The e/merge Africa Network is offering two webinars on the theme of growing open educational practices (OEP). The first webinar of the series takes place on 23 May and features Catherine Cronin from the National University of Ireland who will talk about OEP for teaching in higher education. The second webinar, which takes place on 25 May, will be facilitated by Glenda Cox from the University of Cape Town who discusses lecturers’ adoption of OER.

Articles on researching internet access and use by Research ICT Africa
Research ICT Africa (RIA) has recently conducted studies about motivations for internet access and use in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria with a particular focus on exploring gender dimensions. Chennai Chair, a researcher with RIA, has recently published a series of articles outlining both the research methodology and a discussion on findings of people’s motivations for internet use.

Article looks ahead to future developments for Open Practices and OER
An interesting article published on the website suggests three future developments for Open Practices and OER including systemic transformation to enable adoption models to be replicated for scaling as well as new approaches for flexible assessment and credentialling. The article argues that what is needed is less a focus on “making new OER products, services and processes available but stimulating their adoption and use”.

UK OpenTextbooks project launched
The UK OpenTextbooks project is a new project explore the adoption of open textbooks in the UK and to develop guidelines for open textbook adoption that is applicable to other countries. The FAQs page gives an overview of the project’s aims and stakeholders.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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