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Research into Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)

Assessing the impact of OER availability on the emergence of open educational practices in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of an ICT-integrated multinational teacher education program in math and science
This study sought to investigate the extent of the impact of the availability of OER on the AVU, and impact of availability of AVU OER on Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the institutions in the AVU network. From the findings of the institutions studied, the AVU did help create awareness and build capacities around use and creation of OER across the network. The findings and outputs of this study will have implications for policy and practice of the AVU and across its network of partner institutions and beyond to be able to extend the use of OER by strengthening the different dimensions of practice for purposes of improving the quality of teaching and learning in the digital age, and particularly for future teacher training purposes which was the underlying motivation of this study.

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UNESCO Report on current state of advancement of OER in Kenya

The study was conducted by the African Virtual University (AVU) for the UNESCO IITE project on OER in non-English-speaking countries. The report was intended to shed light on the current state of advancement of OER in Kenya. It provides a brief outline of Kenya’s national policies and strategies for ICT in education, as well as government initiatives and collaboration with UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning in developing a national OER policy.

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MOOCs and Open Education Around the World.


Richards, G; & Diallo, B. (2015). OER and MOOCs in Africa: The AVU Experience. In Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds . (Eds). MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

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AVU’s experience in increasing access to quality higher education through e-learning in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Diallo, B; Traoré, S. ; Fernandes, T.  (2010). AVU’s experience in increasing access to quality higher education through e-learning in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Rodriges, (Ed):  Multiple Literacy and Science Education: ICTs in Formal and Informal Learning Environments, 165-179 pp. IGI Global

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Approaches to the production and use of OERs: The African Virtual University experience


Diallo, B., Wangeci, C., & Wright, C. R. (2012). Approaches to the production and use of OERs: The African Virtual University experience. In R. McGreal, W. Kinuthia, &S. Marshall (Eds), Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice. Vancouver Commonwealth of Learning

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