ROER4D weekly update – 11 August 2017

New blog post: Pragmatic approaches to OER, copyright and dis/connectivity at the University of Swaziland
Our latest blog post features an interview with Nokuthula Vilakazi from the Institute of Distance Education, University of Swaziland who recently visited the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University of Cape Town as part of a series of meetings with her PhD supervisors Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams (ROER4D PI) and Glenda Cox (ROER4D Sub-project 4 Lead Researcher). Sukaina Walji, ROER4D Communications Advisor, sat down with her to discuss her insights on OER adoption at her institution in Swaziland.

The virtues of openly sharing your research instruments: Peruvian uptake of SP4 work
Prof Pedro Mendoza-Arana, Chair of the Health Systems Research Group (SYSTEMIC) in the Public Health Department at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru recently informed the ROER4D Network Hub team that he and two colleagues used the research instruments developed by Sub-project 4 researchers Glenda Cox and Henry Trotter. They became aware of SP4’s research instruments last year when these were made available openly on the DataFirst platform. Now, a year later, they have shared the results of their work (on OER within their medical faculty) with the SP4 researchers. They also approached us for and were given advice on where to possibly publish their research paper in an Open Access journal. We wish them the best with their important work!

Call for researchers: Policy frameworks for digital platforms – Moving from Openness to Inclusion
IT for Change seeks to collaborate with researchers and scholars from seven sites in the Global South (three in Asia, two in Africa, two in South America) and three in the Global North (Europe and North America) for a research project, ‘Policy Frameworks for digital platforms-Moving from openness to inclusion’, supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. The research will span a 14 month period beginning October 2017. The deadline for applications closes 31 August 2017.

Emerge Africa seminars: Focus on MOOCs in Africa
The Emerge Africa Network is running a series of webinars entitled MOOCs in Africa: Massive Questions, Open Discussion. The webinars focus on MOOC usage in Africa and how African Higher Education Institutions are making use of MOOCs. ROER4D Network team members Sukaina Walji and Michael Glover will be presenting on the aspects of their research as part of ROER4D Sub-project 10.3 which looked at OER in and as MOOCs.

COL and IT for Change publish Guide to creating OER using FOSS
The Commonwealth of Learning has published “Creating and Re-purposing OER Using FOSS: A How-To Guide for Teachers and Learners“, written by IT for Change, which aims to promote OER adoption by helping teachers create, re-purpose and publish OER using FOSS applications. The toolkit aims to promote free and open text, image, animation, audio and video editors, so that teachers can use these to adopt OER. The toolkit is also available as a WikiBook, a collaborative approach to creating OER books and is part of the MediaWiki platform, also used by Wikipedia. IT for Change as part of ROER4D Sub-project 5’s research studied how professional learning communities of teachers could collaborate on OER adoption. This toolkit will build on this approach by enabling these communities and individual teachers to learn to use FOSS and make OER thereby promoting a free and open technology environment and collaborative content-making processes.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team

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