Fostering Open Educational Practices in cross-cultural contexts.

Daisy Mwanza-Simwami

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Abstract

The open content movement is breaking down traditional barriers to learning and resource sharing by promoting free access to Open Educational Resources (OERs) such as digital educational content and technological tools for teaching and learning. OERs have the potential to enable learners to champion their own learning by providing free access to educational content and tools that enable them to create, use and share knowledge. However, the design and uptake of OERs is often hampered by limited understanding of issues relating to the context in which learners access and use OERs. This paper discusses some of the approaches taken to foster open educational practices in learner use of OERs offered by The Open University’s open content initiative, OpenLearn. Drawing on these experiences, we then consider future ideas about supporting open educational practices in crosscultural contexts, and, in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology, examine potential impact of OERs in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2008
EventConference Proceedings of IST Africa 2008, part of the European Commission's Information Communications Technologies (ICT) programme - Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 7 May 20089 May 2008

Conference

ConferenceConference Proceedings of IST Africa 2008, part of the European Commission's Information Communications Technologies (ICT) programme
Abbreviated title IST Africa 2008,
Country/TerritoryNamibia
CityWindhoek
Period7/05/089/05/08

Keywords

  • open source application
  • Open Educational Practices
  • OpenLearn
  • Open Educational Resources
  • open digital content
  • technology design
  • learning objects
  • use contexts

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