The [email protected] is an interactive portal which hosts 219 text books available in English, French, and Portuguese. The portal also hosts 91 videos. These videos are also available on Youtube.
In 2005, the African Virtual University through a collaborative approach involving 12 African Universities began developing academic material for enhancing science teacher education and accelerating integration of ICTs in education.
A total of 12 African universities, 146 authors and peer reviewers from 10 countries in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries were fully involved in the exercise funded by the African Development Bank and partially by the United Nations Development Program-Somalia.
A total of 219 modules were produced, 73 modules in each of the 3 languages as follows: 46 in Mathematics and Sciences; 4 in ICT Basic Skills; 19 in Teacher Education professional courses; and 4 in integration of ICTs in Education.
The modules were released as Open Education Resources under the Creative Commons license in order to make the material freely available. Consequently, the [email protected] portal was launched in January 2011, making AVU the leading African institution in producing and using OERs.
The portal has contributed to increase the number of Africans that use, contextualize, share and disseminate existing as well as future academic content developed by the AVU.
Through the portal, the AVU is enabling academics all around the African continent and beyond to share, distribute and disseminate their resources globally and contribute towards Africa’s economic development through education. Institutions and individuals can access the materials, use, modify and post them back to enrich the portal.