ROER4D weekly update – 26 May 2017

Communications Advisor visits South African Institute for Distance Education
Sukaina Walji, ROER4D Communications Advisor, was recently invited to present a seminar at the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE) about the development and implementation of ROER4D’s Communications Strategy. Her presentation provided insights into some of the models and approaches ROER4D has taken to communicate the project’s aims and objectives, engage with stakeholders and plan for dissemination of research findings.

Webinars on growing OEP – recordings available
This week saw two well-attended webinars on the theme of growing Open Educational Practices (OEP) hosted by the e/merge Africa network, for which the recordings are now available. The first webinar was led by Catherine Cronin from the National University of Ireland (link to presentation and recording) who discussed OEP in Higher Education, while Glenda Cox from the University Of Cape Town and ROER4D presented on lecturers’ adoption of OER (link to recording), which drew on ROER4D Sub-project 4 findings.

Open Data for Development releases annual report
Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global partnership to advance the creation of locally-driven and sustainable open data ecosystems around the world. Established in 2015 as a multi-donor initiative funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank (WB), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) OD4D’s recent report provides an update on results and activities supported by the OD4D program in 2016.

Edsurge article about uptake of Open Textbooks
A recent Edsurge article features an interview with David Wiley from Lumen Learning. The article discusses the business case for OER and Open Textbooks and what pressures a wholescale takeup of OER based instruction might bring to bear on traditional modes which continue to require fee based textbooks.

OER World Map events page
The OER World Map has a growing list of events and provides a helpful central reference point for the key meeting and interaction spaces for the Open Education Community. The ROER4D presence on the OER World Map will be further developed over the coming months as research outputs are finalised and released.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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