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An empirical investigation of the emergent issues around OER adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ngimwa, Pauline and Wilson, Tina (2012). An empirical investigation of the emergent issues around OER adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Learning, Media and Technology, 37(4) pp. 398–413.

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In the past few years, Africa has joined the rest of the world as an active participant in the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement with a number of home-grown and externally driven initiatives. These have the potential to make an immense contribution to teaching and learning in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, certain barriers prevent full participation. This paper reports on qualitative research that sought to investigate SSA's readiness to adopt OERs. This study involves three case studies based in higher education institutions involved in OER projects and located in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Contrary to the popular belief, findings indicate that low technological levels in Africa do not necessarily impede the adoption of such educational technologies; the real challenges facing the readiness to adopt OERs appear to be related to socio-economic, cultural, institutional and national issues. This paper argues for a complete mind shift in how people perceive OERs. It also proposes raising awareness of OERs at all levels, involving institutions and government, versioning OERs for the African context and conducting more research on OER adoption.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1743-9892
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Extra Information: A special issue of Learning, Media and Technology Journal ‘Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Technology-Poor Contexts’.
Keywords: open educational resources; OER in Africa; challenges of adopting OER
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 33522
Depositing User: Tina Wilson
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 12:17
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:40
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