Saide, the South African Institute for Distance Education, is a non-governmental organization based in Johannesburg but conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

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Quality assurance of eLearning - what it is and why we need it. Join Dr Ephraim Mhlanga of Saide to be introduced to current frameworks and more importantly how new quality assurance frameworks can be created specifically in, and for the African diaspora, to ensure the future of African-based eLearning. Watch this video for a brief overview of the contents of Ephraim's workshop taking place on 22 - 26 August. To join the workshop please sign up @

Promising practices towards systemic interventions for student success


In 2014, the Kresge Foundation invited South Africa’s public universities to apply to participate in the Siyaphumelela – we succeed programme aimed at enhancing the use of data analytics to improve student retention and success in higher education.  The selected universities (Wits, UP, UFS, NMMU and most recently DUT) have provided a plan to improve their institutional capacity to collect and analyze student data and integrate it with institutional research, information technology systems, academic development, planning and academic divisions within their institutions to increase student success. This conference took place in Durban from 28 - 30 June.  Leading academics participated in the conference. University World News covered the conference with the following three articles:

This book, drawing on 15 case studies contributed by 29 OER researchers and policy-makers from 15 countries across six continents, examines the implementation of the pivotal declaration through the thematic lenses of policy, costs and transformation. Tessa Welch and Jenny Glennie present a case study on open educational resources for early literacy in Africa: The role of the African Storybook Initiative.



Nadeosa, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa would like to thank everyone for their participation in our conference which took place in July 2016. The conference theme was Technology enhanced open and distance learning and different facets of transformation within the post-school education and training sector. Drs Phil Ice and Melissa Layne were our keynote speakers. The presentations will be made available shortly.  Visit the conference page for more information.