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OER Africa is an innovative new project, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). OER Africa has been established to play a leading role in driving the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) on the African continent.

With seed funding from the Hewlett Foundation, OER Africa is providing a unique opportunity to deploy African experts and expertise to harness the concept of OER to the benefit of higher education systems, institutions, educators, and students on the continent and around the world. Visit: http://www.oerafrica.org

African Health OER Network

OER Africa has recently launched the African Health OER Network, which provides a platform for African health academics to freely access and share educational materials as well as to debate key issues around the future of health education for healthcare workers in Africa. The aim of the network is to share and circulate health-related educational materials by building links to existing resources (e.g., programmes, modules, courses), which authors have shared under a Creative Commons licence.

The South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE), offers the exciting opportunity to connect to those wanting to use and share health education resources through its online network Health OER Network. It provides a platform where educational materials can be shared and key issues around the provision of health education in Africa can be debated. The objective of this SAIDE initiative is to draw in more African and, eventually, global participants to create, adapt, share, and use OER to the benefit of health education in Africa, while developing models of collaboration and sustainability that can be replicated in other regions of the world.

The OER materials produced through this exciting initiative are freely available to students, faculty, and self-learners around the world under a Creative Commons license.

The main functions of the network are to:

  • Aggregate the results of multiple Health OER initiatives by collecting, classifying, tagging, and then actively sharing Africa-initiated resources with the global health community.
  • Facilitate discussion of how those resources can best be used.
  • Share examples of best practice.
  • Work through institutions and associations to advocate the principles of openness and sharing of educational materials.

The primary target is African health academics and faculties, first focusing on those whose language of operation is English, but with an openness to accommodate other languages if suitable partners indicate a willingness to drive processes in other languages. The network also includes individuals, health faculties, NGO’s, project teams, associations, consortia, government departments and other interested stakeholders.

Join the African Health OER Network!

The African Health OER Network provides a platform for health academics to share health-related educational materials and debate key issues around the provision of health education in Africa.

Please show your dedication in helping to improve the provision of African Health education by joining us on the African Health OER Network! Participation is open and there are no conditions for joining.