ROER4D weekly update – 20 October 2017

New chapters released in forthcoming ROER4D edited volume
We are delighted to announce that two new chapters have been released in the forthcoming edited volume OER Adoption and Impact in the Global South. The first entitled An early stage impact study of localised OER in Afghanistan evaluates a group of Afghan teachers’ use of OER from the Darakht-e Danesh Library – a digital library comprised of educational materials in English, Dari and Pashto – investigating whether these resources enabled improvements in teaching practice and led to improved subject knowledge. The chapter was authored by Lauryn Oates, Letha Kay Goger, Jamshid Hashimi and Mubaraka Farahmand.

The second chapter is entitled Higher education faculty attitude, motivation and perception of quality and barriers towards OER in India and was authored by Sanjaya Mishra and Alka Singh. The premise of this study is that teachers’ conceptions of the quality of OER and their attitudes and motivations towards using OER will influence whether and how they use and/or contribute open resources. Congratulations to all of the researchers! Seven chapters have been released to date as part of our advance release publication strategy.

ROER4D at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning
ROER4D team members Henry Trotter and Sukaina Walji attended and presented at the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto which took place 16-19 October. Henry presented on National, Provincial and Institutional Policy Influence on the Adoption of OER in the Global South while Sukaina shared some lessons from the ROER4D project on Factors enabling and constraining OER adoption and Open Education Practices. As well as presenting, Henry and Sukaina attended a symposium where the Unesco and ICDE Chairs in OER reflected on the status and gains of the OER and Open Education movement. Henry and Sukaina also distributed our briefing paper entitled Spotlight on OER policy in the Global South: Case studies from the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project. and met up with ROER4D network members David Porter and Stavros Xanthopoylos, Sub-project 6 Lead Researchers Shironica Karunanayaka, and Som Naidu, with Shironica presenting on ‘Teachers as Designers: At the Confluence of Technology, Pedagogy and OER’.

OER policy advances at the University of the South Pacific
An OER policy has recently been adopted at the University of the South Pacific (USP,) and its development has involved members of the ROER4D network. Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Flexible Learning and Director of the Centre for Flexible Learning at USP and Co-Lead Researcher of Sub-project 10.6 led the drafting of the policy in consultation with a range of stakeholders at USP and abroad. Sanjaya Mishra, from the Commonwealth of Learning and Lead Researcher of ROER4D Sub-project 3 facilitated the OER policy development workshop at USP. The Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy provides direction for the adoption and use of OER in order to increase access to, and support high quality teaching and learning at USP.

Presentation on promoting use and contribution of OER at E-Learn 17
Sanjaya Mishra Education Specialist – eLearning, Commonwealth of Learning and ROER4D Sub-project 3 Lead Researcher recently presented on Promoting Use and Contribution of Open Educational Resources at the Pre-Conference Symposium of the 2017 E-Learn – World Conference on E-Learning held 17 October 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. The presentation drew on work from ROER4D Sub-project 3.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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