African Health OER Network – Policy Development

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: OER policy change | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

The African Health OER Network  is a sub‐programme of OER Africa. The Network seeks to enable participants to develop, adapt and share health educational resources to augment limited human and other resources in the health sector, and thereby to impact positively on overall health provision in Africa and beyond.

The Network is co‐facilitated by OER Africa, an initiative of the South African Institute
for Distance Education (Saide), and the University of Michigan (U‐M). Since 2008, the
following partners to the Network have been engaged in OER development:

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
  • University of Ghana (UG).
  • University of Cape Town (UCT).
  • University of the Western Cape (UWC), with the project functioning independently in two different units, namely, the Faculty of Dentistry and the School of Public Health.

formative evaluation of the Design Phase completed at the end of 2009 focused mainly on OER ‘take-up’ and production in the partner institutions. This evaluation concluded that expectations and contractual targets had been met, or exceeded by an impressive margin, with project coordinators and participants in each partner institution having engaged OER in creative ways that were most appropriate to their own contexts.

The second evaluation, a mid-term evaluation titled ‘Phase 2 Evaluation: Consolidation and Sustainability’ (OER Africa 2011),reinforced the finding that individual and institutional participants in the project had made significant progress in producing OER as well as in developing OER-supportive policy environments. This they had done in their own distinctive ways, in a manner that was consistent with their own ethos, contextual realities, strategies and resources.

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