Advance online publication of chapters from the ROER4D edited volume

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Cover of forthcoming publication, Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South

The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project is pleased to announce the release of a first set of advance online chapters from the edited volume, Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South, to be published in December 2017. The volume will be comprised of 16 chapters originating from research conducted in selected ROER4D sub-projects and include a meta-synthesis component. Edited by Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Patricia Arinto, the work presents a unique Global South research perspective on OER adoption and impact in 21 countries across South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

The first two chapters released form part of the South America and Sub-Saharan Africa collections in the volume. Be sure to keep an eye on our media channels for advance online release of further chapters.

Open Access and OER in Latin America: A survey of the policy landscape in Chile, Colombia and Uruguay” by Amalia Toledo presents an overview of the funding, policy, legislative and procedural mechanisms adopted by Latin American governments with respect to Open Access and Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives in the higher education sector. Based on the outcomes of the study, a number of recommendations are proposed, including: fostering and strengthening networks among Latin American civil society organisations promoting Open Education; engaging with higher education stakeholders on how to develop open policies; promoting open policies and mandates for publicly funded research; developing bottom-up and top-down strategies for greater engagement with OER; and providing greater visibility to existing Open Education projects in the region. More about this project is available on the ROER4D website.

Factors shaping lecturers’ adoption of OER at three South African universities” by Glenda Cox and Henry Trotter focuses on understanding the obstacles, opportunities and practices associated with OER adoption at three South African universities. The authors also attempt to identify which factors shape lecturers’ OER adoption decisions, and how institutional culture influences OER use and creation choices. The study has value and application for researchers and institutions pursuing an OER agenda, policy-makers seeking tools to assess OER readiness in institutional contexts, and funding agencies aiming to boost OER engagement. The published dataset arising from the study is openly available via the DataFirst Data Portal. More about this project is available on the ROER4D website.

The peer-reviewed volume is released under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, with the online version freely available on an Open Access basis and the print version available via print-on-demand through Amazon as well as other purchasing channels. Published by African Minds, ROER4D and the International Development Research Centre, the volume is a first of its kind in terms of its scope and geographical coverage.

Parties interested in conducting reviews of the final edited volume are invited to contact the ROER4D Publishing Manager <michelle.willmers@uct.ac.za>.

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