OER | A Very Useful Example

There have been many debates and discussions regarding the use (and, perhaps abuse) of OER (Open Educational Resources). Most discussions have been centred around the proper definition of OER, their viability and sustainability. We’ll perhaps post on a later date, a summary of these debates.

Today is about a very well constructed “tool” using OERs. We emphasise tool because that what UNESCO — the ones who have developed this — are calling it. A couple of news items alerted us that the first phase was launched today, however, it seems that the initiative was started a while ago, in November last year.

UNESCO, through the launch of “Women in African History: An E-Learning Tool” is contributing to changing this story by promoting the central role of women in African history and its development through the use of ICTs.

Via  UNESCO Launches “Women in African History: An E-Learning Tool” to tell the story of women at the forefront of development

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This is a rich collection of very well-executed OER elements and have been strung together in an impressive visual context. There are markers on a map of Africa that relate to specific modules (which are about women in African history) and each module is a non-linear access to various elements for the module:

  • Biography (Online – text and images)
  • Comic Strip (Online or as a PDF download)
  • Pedagogical unit (Online – text and images)
  • Soundtrack (Online or MP3 download)
  • Quiz (Online – Multiple Choice Questions with instant feedback)
  • Complementary Resources (external links to related web-resources)

While the use of such elements is not new or innovative, it is the manner in which these have been strung together that makes this tool quite impressive and useful. The ability for a teacher to use such a construction is of immense value because it allows a teacher to adapt this bundle in a way that makes best sense for her class.

We hope you enjoy this OER “tool” as much as we did.

Atul Sabnis

Atul Sabnis

Founder of eVeltio Education Consulting, a young firm that provides consulting & implementation services to educational institutes to execute better strategies for delivery of education by integrating training, process, workflow, and technology.

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