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Developing and using Open Educational Resources in Ghana

May 29, 2011

Via Scoop.itOpen learning news

This is an interesting description of how students at a university in Ghana (KNUST) have benefited from an open educational resource (OER) programme. Reading between the lines, it seems that OERs were the university’s first engagement with web-based teaching materials, and the benefits to the students revolved around simply having access to videos and other materials online, rather than the actual openness of the content. There is no mention of a virtual learning environment (such as Moodle or Blackboard), so I am guessing that the university went straight for an open environment – at least for its content release to students.

The spin-off effects for learners and lecturers elsewhere, and for other universities, of making these materials available as OERs are clear – this is a great model for institutions in other developing countries that are considering making the shift to online delivery of learning materials.
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