ROER4D weekly update – 3 November 2017

New blog post: Open Education and Inclusion – musings from OpenEd17
In our latest blog post from the out-going ROER4D Communications Advisor, Sukaina Walji reflects upon her impressions about the OpenEd17 conference highlighting how the keynotes in particular prompted open advocates to consider in what ways and to what extent “openness” is enabling social inclusivity. She also relates these ideas to Henry Trotter’s roundtable presentation on ROER4D’s insights about Degrees of social inclusion.

A further call for users of ROER4D research to participate in an Evaluation Survey
ROER4D is part of the Information and Networks in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (INASSA) programme, a 4-year initiative supported by the UK’s DFID and Canada’s IDRC. A team at Kallick Russell Consulting has been contracted to conduct an external evaluation to examine the overall programme’s performance and extract learnings for future work. The evaluation process includes a survey for stakeholders that have been able to directly or indirectly use products from the various INASSA projects. If you have used any of the outputs of the ROER4D project in any way, we kindly request your collaboration in completing this online questionnaire. The survey should only take 15-20 minutes to complete. The information collected will be confidential and analyzed in aggregate, so individual responses will not be shared. The deadline proposed by the evaluation team for receiving the completed questionnaires is 6 November. If you have any questions, please contact Manuel Acevedo at

Thank you and good-bye to two stalwart ROER4D team members
At the end of October 2017 we bid farewell to two of our intrepid team members, Sukaina Walji (ROER4D Communications Consultant) and Sarah Goodier (ROER4D Evaluation Consultant). The entire ROER4D community, but especially the team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town, will miss their respective contributions to building a community of OER researchers and evaluating ROER4D’s progress on an ongoing basis. We wish Sukaina well in her new position as Online Education Project Manager in CILT and are delighted that she has not “left the building”! We wish Sarah well in her new venture and trust that the the lessons learned from evaluating the ROER4D project will help inform other monitoring and evaluation activities that she is already undertaking.

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