Description: The international Open Educational Resources movement is gaining
momentum extremely rapidly. In the USA and Europe the focus is largely
on tertiary resources while in South Africa the most significant success
has been seen in the school sector. New models of instruction and
accreditation are rising in parallel, leveraging this success. The
impact of these developments in SA will become even more significant
with bandwidth prices dropping as more undersea cables arrive on our
I will give an overview of the recent success Siyavula has achieved in
the school textbook market where collaboratively-authored,
openly-licensed textbooks have gained national exposure and
fundamentally perturbed the local textbook publishing industry.
I will also describe the impending impact on the tertiary sector, both
in publishing and teaching as organisations like Flat World Knowledge,
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the
People prove the viability of alternative models of content production,
teaching and accreditation.
I highlight the opportunities we see for the tertiary sector to innovate
as well as connect more effectively with secondary schools.
Date: Thursday, 22nd March 2012
Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre P216
Time: 13.20 - 14.10
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