ROER4D weekly update – 25 August 2017

Blog: A look at the open learning policy framework for post-school education and training in South Africa
In our latest blog post ROER4D Network Hub member Sarah Goodier reviews the Open Learning Policy Framework for Post-school Education and Training, which was released for public consultation by the South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, and to which ROER4D responded with comments and suggestions. Of particular interest in the draft policy framework is the definition of “open learning” and of the role OER is envisaged to play in the implementation.

ROER4D publishes Open Dataset from Afghanistan
Last week the ROER4D Curation & Dissemination team, in conjunction with DataFirst, published Sub-project 10.4’s dataset openly. This dataset emerged from the work of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), which studied high-school teachers’ use of the Darakht-e Danesh Library (DDL), an OER repository that contains materials in English, Pashto and Dari. The dataset can be viewed on the ROER4D portal on DataFirst. This is the sixth open dataset published by ROER4D.

New MOOC on Open Education launched
A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Introduction to Open Education has been launched and is currently open for enrollment. The MOOC is convened by David Wiley (Lumen Learning) and George Siemens (University of Texas at Arlington) and is offered via the edX platform. Enrollment is currently open with the course starting 1 October 2017.

Report on Open Universities in the Commonwealth now available
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has published a report of the results of a survey of open universities in the Commonwealth. The report entitled Open Universities in the Commonwealth: At a Glance collates the survey results, which came from 27 open universities that represent all the regions of the Commonwealth. The report provides insights and data on a number of indicators such as teaching and learning systems, learner support systems, gender distribution in student enrollment, research and governance and is designed to be of use to both policymakers and practitioners.

Open Education Degrees Panel Discussion
As part of August’s Year of Open Campaign, the Open Education Consortium and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) are hosting an online panel discussion on 30 August 2017. The panel will feature stakeholders discussing the trend to offer degree pathways that use OER and zero cost textbooks at North American colleges and universities to expand access and enhance teaching and learning.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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