ROER4D weekly update – 18 August 2017

ROER4D announces advance release of first chapters for edited volume Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South
The first set of advance online chapters from the edited volume Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South has been released today with the full volume 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. The first two chapters released form part of the South America and Sub-Saharan Africa collections in the volume. The first chapter 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. The second 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. ROER4D Curation and Dissemination Manager Michelle Willmers elaborates on the advance release strategy in her blog post. Congratulations to the research teams and the ROER4D Network Hub Curation and Dissemination team on achieving this important milestone for the project.

News from the Darakht- Danesh Library
The Darakht-e Danesh Library (DDL), which is the research site for Sub-project 10.4, has undergone several developments in the past few months, including adding video content to several collections and making it easier for users to license their work openly when submitting content to the library. For example, a video explaining Creative Commons licensing was translated into Dari/Farsi and Pashto and is now available on the site along with the original English version. The DDL also recently published its Collection Policies and continues to add new collections including Open Education, Literacy Education and Peace Education. As part of plans to expand access to the library for users without internet, the DDL team has now equipped nine teacher colleges in Afghanistan with offline access to the library. Students and faculty at the colleges can access the library from the computer lab on their campus despite the labs not having internet access, using a computer acting as a server to the other machines. This has helped increase access to the library’s resources in rural areas around the country. The team will continue to try to cover more colleges in the months to come. The DDL team is looking for donors to sponsor further collections to be developed for subjects in demand by users. A sponsorship covers the sourcing and translation of at least 10 OER in Dari and Pashto plus promotion of the new collection; for more information contact info@darakhtdanesh.org.

Making MOOCs and changing educational practices – webinar recording available
Andrew Deacon and Sukaina Walji, two of the researchers of ROER4D Sub-project 10.3: OER in and as MOOCs recently presented a webinar as part of a MOOCs in Africa series hosted by the Emerge Africa Network. They presented the research approach and findings of their study that investigated how making MOOCs influenced educators’ open educational practices. A recording of the webinar is now available.

Announcing the IV Workshop on OER, La Plata, Argentina
As part of the 12th Latin-American Conference on Learning Technologies (LACLO 2017) the OER Hub is collaborating with Tel Amiel (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil), Virginia Rodés (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) and Ismar Frango (Universidad Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil) to organise the IV Workshop on OER and celebrate the Year of Open. The call for papers is now open and closes on 20 August.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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