ROER4D weekly update – 29 September 2017

SP10.6 researchers publish paper in AAOU journal
A paper authored by Co-Lead Researchers of Sub-project 10.6 Shironica Karunanayaka and Som Naidu has recently been published in the Asian Association of Open Universities Journal. The paper entitled “A design-based approach to support and nurture open educational practices” won the Gold Medal at AAOU-2016.

IT for change launches OER based certificate course on ICT integration for teacher education
Centre for Education and Technology, IT for Change, the research team behind Sub-project 5, in collaboration with Vijaya Teachers College, launched a certificate course on “Integrating ICT in teacher education” for faculty from the Bachelor of Education programs in colleges in Bengaluru. The course is offered over six months in a blended mode, with learning through workshops complemented with interactions on the Moodle Learning Management System. This is the first course to be offered for pre-service teacher education based on the Indian National ICT Curriculum, which combines the development of ICT competencies to strengthen professional capacities of teachers. The course is developed using OER.

Next GO-GN webinar features MOOCs, community orientation and social justice
At the next GO-GN webinar on 4 October Laura Czerniewicz and Sukaina Walji, part of the Sub-project 10.3 research team, will be presenting ‘MOOCs, community orientation and reclaiming the social justice agenda – insights from a South African university’s MOOC initiative’. The webinar will take place at 14:30 PM UK time and sign up is via this link.

Open Courseware policy for Nigeria
Some 340 participants comprising Nigerian vice-chancellors, rectors, provosts, librarians and directors of ICT universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, representatives of national and international NGOs, embassies and tertiary education regulatory agencies have endorsed a Draft National Policy on OER. The participants reviewed, finalised and adopted the policy document following a motion by a member and Advisor of the National Steering Committee on OER. More details are available via this link.

The Affordable College Textbook Act in USA – legislation introduced
The Affordable College Textbook Act seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other OER) that everyone can use, adapt and share freely. The legislation was introduced on 26 September 2017.

OpenStax partners with UK Open Textbooks
Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which provides free, openly licensed textbooks to nearly 1.5 million college students per year, is partnering with Open University’s UK Open Textbooks initiative to bring OpenStax’s textbooks to the UK.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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