ROER4D weekly update – 8 September 2017

New blog post: The question of cost-saving and OER: a study from South Africa
In our latest blog post Sarah Goodier reflects on a big question in the Open Educational Resources (OER) research arena regarding whether and under what circumstances producing and using OER may result in cost savings. Her post shares her research in this area as part of ROER4D Sub-project 11 which explores some of the gaps identified in the publicly available information on government funding for educational resources in the South African Basic Education system. Her research will be available as a chapter in the forthcoming edited volume OER Adoption and Impact in the Global South.

OERu Microcredentials in Open Online Courses
The ICDE has published a blog post entitled OERu Micro-Credentials for Macro Impact in Open Online Courses by Wayne Mackintosh, Unesco/ICDE Chair in OER, which describes how the Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) is facilitating access to open, online courses for anyone with access to the Internet. In particular the post discusses how the OERu provides affordable pathways for learners to earn micro-credentials and associated academic credit towards globally recognised qualifications.

Contribute to Ljubljana OER Action Plan of the 2nd World OER Congress
With less than two weeks before the 2nd World OER Congress, the OER and Open Education community is invited to contribute to the draft action plan. The ROER4D Network Hub team has already submitted some recommendations pertaining to the section on the capacity of users to access, re-use and share OER as well as examples of good practice from some of the ROER4D network projects. ROER4D PI Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, along with Tess Cartmill, Thomas King and Michelle Willmers from the ROER4D Network Hub team will be attending the Congress.

Webinar: Teachers’ Experience of Professional Learning through Open Education – recording available
A recording of the GO-GN Network’s latest webinar is now available. The webinar was presented by Penny Bentley, PhD researcher at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia who shared her research exploring the experience of professional learning through open education, from the perspective of teachers as adult learners.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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