OERs at UNISA: a perspective from
the Library
Buhle Mbambo-Thata (DPHIL)
Executive Director- UNISA Library services
12 Sep...
Background of Open access
December 2001, Budapest: OSI held a meeting of leaders
exploring alternative publishing models. ...
Developments since 2001
•

OERS

•

Institutional Repositories

•

Open Access Publishing

•

Open Data

•

Open Research
OPEN EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES
OER definition
“The provision of educational resources,
enabled by information and
communication technologies, for
consult...
Infrastructure
initiatives

Create Open
Scholarship Policy
Framework

Expand e-content
initiatives
OER DEVELOPMENTS AT
UNISA
Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Mr Dennis Ikpe (+27 12 429 6518, ikpecd@unisa.ac.za)
Mr Dennis Ikpe (+27 12 429 65...
Learn an African Language online
This resource was developed by Dr Petro Kotzé at the African
language Department, in the ...
People Behind the
Papers
The People Behind the Papers is
an initiative located in the
Department of Psychology at
Unisa.
T...
Unisa OER Community

http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/4663
RECENT UNISA OER Initiatives
● Signatory to UNESCO OER statement
● OEP (Open Educational Practices) Strategy - first draft...
UNISA OER Initiatives (cont.)

● Interim guidelines for using Creative Commons licences
on Unisa produced materials
● Unis...
OER developments at UNISA
What has been the library role?
•

•
•
•
•

Open Access week commemoration
– OA publishing
– IR
– OER
Creating an OER comm...
Why should libraries be involved?
• Central learning facilitation role
• Integrate with other OA activities
– UNESCO ought...
What have we learnt
• The teaching and learning fields are changing and so
must libraries
• Library sits in a vantage posi...
Conclusion
• Two crucial points
1. Support for teaching and learning
• Convergence of technology and student learning
proc...
Any questions or suggestions?
Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata
mbambtb@unisa.ac.za
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  • The OEP (Open Educational Practices) Strategy first draft document has been disseminated for comment and consultation. Comments are due by end of August. The plan is that it will serve at Council before the end of the year.
    In order to accelerate the move towards Unisa’s recently adopted business model, based on the guiding principles listed above and in response to the imperatives of a changing educational landscape, the four key strategic priories for Unisa in terms of OEP are:
    Development of an effective management system for intellectual assets.
     
    Establishment of a new open licensing framework for the institution that allows publication of Unisa resources under a wide range of suitable licences and application of this licensing framework across the institution’s entire intellectual asset base.
     
    Systematic integration of high quality, available OER into courses and their subsequent release for use by others.
     
    Creating openness in the dissemination of research findings.
  • Interim guidelines for using Creative Commons licences have been approved by MANCOM. An ICT project is underway to create an automated system for the above process on myUnisa. Currently technical requirements and solution proposals are being drafted.
    Unisa Open is a portal where many open resources can be found. This portal is continually updated.
    A collaborative project with the library to use social bookmarking system Diigo for the tagging of useful open content.
    QA standards are being developed in collaboration with DSPQA, instrument is under development.
    The Office of the PVC has an internal advocacy presentation in place to ensure that faculty have a clear understanding of the Open movement in education as well as a taste of technology advances. Currently this presentation is done on an invitation basis. The idea is that this will be rolled out as a road show, shortly.
    We founding anchor partners of the OERu (Open Education Resources University). Unisa has contributed a module on 2nd year level (critical reasoning. Department of Philosophy). The module has been deboned and adapted as an OER. The OERu makes use of WikiEducator and so the module has had to be adapted for use on this site. Depending on the success of the OERu, more modules might be contributed in future. In terms of the OERu there is an accreditation challenge that faces Unisa in terms of accrediting students who pass modules from other partner institutions.
    A week has been provisionally set aside on the institutional calendar for 2014 under the banner of Open Education Week 2014. Activity planning for this week will commence shortly
  • Buhle Mbambo Thata - OERs at UNISA: a perspecitve from the library

    1. 1. OERs at UNISA: a perspective from the Library Buhle Mbambo-Thata (DPHIL) Executive Director- UNISA Library services 12 September 2013
    2. 2. Background of Open access December 2001, Budapest: OSI held a meeting of leaders exploring alternative publishing models. Concluded that “open access” was the goal and agreed on two main strategies for achieving it: 1. Open Access journals 2. Institutional/subject-based repositories Budapest Open Access Initiative
    3. 3. Developments since 2001 • OERS • Institutional Repositories • Open Access Publishing • Open Data • Open Research
    4. 4. OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
    5. 5. OER definition “The provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non commercial purposes” Hylen 2006.
    6. 6. Infrastructure initiatives Create Open Scholarship Policy Framework Expand e-content initiatives
    7. 7. OER DEVELOPMENTS AT UNISA
    8. 8. Project Coordinator Project Coordinator Mr Dennis Ikpe (+27 12 429 6518, ikpecd@unisa.ac.za) Mr Dennis Ikpe (+27 12 429 6518, ikpecd@unisa.ac.za) Contact Information: Contact Information: MathsEdge MathsEdge c/o College of Science Engineering and Technology c/o College of Science Engineering and Technology Unisa Unisa Po Box 392 Po Box 392 0003 0003 South Africa South Africa Available formats Available formats •CD:                  Free, issued on request •CD:                  Free, issued on request •Web-based:    www.mathsedge.org.za •Web-based:    www.mathsedge.org.za •Camps:             For selected learners, as made possible by •Camps:             For selected learners, as made possible by funders such as the South African Institute of Charted funders such as the South African Institute of Charted Accountants and Thuthuka (NRF). Accountants and Thuthuka (NRF).
    9. 9. Learn an African Language online This resource was developed by Dr Petro Kotzé at the African language Department, in the College of Human Sciences (CHS) at Unisa. The Resource provides some information official African languages in South Africa. (African Languages, Unisa, n.d.) Available formats Available formats CD with pamphlet: Free, issued on request CD with pamphlet: Free, issued on request Web-based: http://www.unisa.ac.za/free_online_course Web-based: http://www.unisa.ac.za/free_online_course The resources include phrases in five African languages (Northern Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, Southern Sotho and Xhosa) with: •Sound tracks •Video clips •Self-assessments
    10. 10. People Behind the Papers The People Behind the Papers is an initiative located in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. The resource consists of: •Photographs and short description of research fields and experience of interviewees •Interviews with established researchers (videos) Available formats Web- based:    https://sites.google.com/a/unisa.ac.za/people/home
    11. 11. Unisa OER Community http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/4663
    12. 12. RECENT UNISA OER Initiatives ● Signatory to UNESCO OER statement ● OEP (Open Educational Practices) Strategy - first draft document. Four strategic priorities  Effective management for intellectual assets  New open licensing framework for the institution  Integration of OER into courses  Openness in the dissemination of research findings
    13. 13. UNISA OER Initiatives (cont.) ● Interim guidelines for using Creative Commons licences on Unisa produced materials ● Unisa Open portal (see next slide) ● QA standards for use of OERs. ● OER and technology presentations. ● OERu (Open Education Resources University). ● Open Education Week 2014
    14. 14. OER developments at UNISA
    15. 15. What has been the library role? • • • • • Open Access week commemoration – OA publishing – IR – OER Creating an OER community on IR prior to OER portal Part of the OER Project Strategy Team Tagging OER sites Diigo project – (collaboration between with Library, ICT and OER office)
    16. 16. Why should libraries be involved? • Central learning facilitation role • Integrate with other OA activities – UNESCO ought to lead by example on this integration • Intermediary role may be lost-learn from MPESA!
    17. 17. What have we learnt • The teaching and learning fields are changing and so must libraries • Library sits in a vantage position to see links and convergences where learning communities may not see them • Information finding, organisation and dissemination is our strength
    18. 18. Conclusion • Two crucial points 1. Support for teaching and learning • Convergence of technology and student learning process may minimize library role therefore proactivity is critical! • Maintain learning facilitation role- 21st century learning has changed- OER and ILS 2. Open education/Open scholarship • Provide strategic link between OER and library• Establish a convergence with OA initiatives on campus to maximize resources and energies
    19. 19. Any questions or suggestions? Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata mbambtb@unisa.ac.za

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