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Out of Africa: a typology for analysing open educational resources initiatives

Bateman, Peter; Lane, Andrew and Moon, Robert (2012). Out of Africa: a typology for analysing open educational resources initiatives. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2 pp. 1–14.

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This paper describes how a typology was developed and used between 2008 and 2010 to investigate three different open educational resources (OER) initiatives in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). The typology was first developed by careful scrutiny of the many OER and OER-related initiatives both globally and in Sub Saharan Africa. The typology was then both tested and further developed and refined by applying it to the TESSA, Thutong Portal and Rip-Mix-Learn initiatives. The typology uses four main categories – creation, organisation, dissemination and utilisation – and 18 sub categories to examine and analyse each initiative, with each sub category having a number of properties and possible dimensions. This typology was used to distinguish one type of OER initiative from another while grounding each in a wider context. As there are different levels of categorisation the typology is simple at the highest level, with just four elements, for use by practitioners; but is detailed enough at other levels to enable researchers to generate research questions. Furthermore the typology is flexible enough to evolve over time as it is applied to more and more OER initiatives both within and outside Africa and also as existing initiatives change and develop over time and while new initiatives emerge.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
ISSN: 1365-893X
Extra Information: A special issue of selected papers from the Cambridge OER 2012 conference, edited by Anna Comas-Quinn, Alannah Fitzgerald and Ian Fairweather.
Keywords: open educational resources; Sub Saharan Africa; typology; HEIs; OER initiatives
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Education and Language Studies > Education
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 34795
Depositing User: Andrew Lane
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 15:30
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 10:36
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