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Group 3. Developing Country Policies on the use of OER in Southern Africa. Mr Athanasius Mulenga – Zambia (Chairperson) Prof Honoratha Mushi – Tanzania Dr Sushita Ramdoo – Mauritius ( D ept Chairperson) Mr Peterson Dlamini - Swaziland Mrs Lurdes Nakala – Mozambique

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Group 3

Group 3

Developing Country Policies on the use of OER in Southern Africa


  • Mr Athanasius Mulenga – Zambia (Chairperson)

  • Prof HonorathaMushi – Tanzania

  • DrSushitaRamdoo – Mauritius (Dept Chairperson)

  • Mr Peterson Dlamini - Swaziland

  • MrsLurdesNakala – Mozambique

  • Ms Trudi van Wyk – South Africa (Scribe)


Educational benefits of oer

  • When there are wider choices – students can make better informed decisions about materials. There will be an improved connection between student needs and available educational materials/programmes

  • When quality materials are available it will improve the quality of poorer materials (pressure to improve quality of materials)

  • Collaboration/partnerships/communication/sharing is encouraged

  • Enhance multi-disciplinary inputs into development and use of materials as well as enrich the curriculum by drawing from other disciplines

  • Enable individuals to construct their own learning experience by building their own programmes

  • Capacity building of both teaches and learners

  • Repurposing materials takes less time to produce – pace of materials development is faster

Educational benefits of OER

Financial benefits of oer

  • Cost-effective

  • Increased access

  • Sharing of resources drive down the unit cost of materials per institution/individual

  • Time efficiency leads to cost benefits

Financial benefits of OER

Strategic educational challenges

  • Political support and commitment (political will)

  • Managing a change agenda

  • Lack of understanding of reallocating/prioritising/ repurposing of financial resources


    Can be addressed through:

  • advocacy and communication of the issues and its benefits

  • Modeling good practice on the ground/practitioners and ‘sell the idea’ upstream

  • Capacity building at all levels – practical e.g. development through VUSSCbootcamps, TESSA

Strategic Educational Challenges

What prevents harnessing oer

  • Ignorance

  • Lack of understanding of the power of OER

  • Lack of workable examples

  • Lack of trust in change agendas communicated to decision makers

  • Resistance to change – can not think out of the box

  • Advocates of OER are too theoretical/abstract in communicating the issues

  • Decision makers do not see OER as a solution to problems

  • Absence of a champion such as Minister Danny Faure for VUSSC

  • Focus too much on the formal school/ODL situation and benefits of OER can be better introduced in other areas such as HIV/AIDS, climate change - Should permeate other sectors

  • Lack of visibility of the benefits of OER for non-formal and informal learning programmes

What prevents harnessing OER …..

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