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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

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


  • 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


  • 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 …..