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.
News and Events
We're proudly announcing a brand new crop of storybooks in two Ethiopian languages - Amharic and Afaan Oromo. This newsflash features just eight of these new titles, so watch the website as we publish more Ethiopian folktales over the next few months.
In addition to the new stories, we also have ASb-approved translations in Amharic and Afaan Oromo of storybooks from other countries.
African Storybook thanks Mezemir Girma (Amharic) and Mulualem Daba (Afaan Oromo) in particular for their contributions to African Storybook quality assurance.
Quality assurance of eLearning - what it is and why we need it. Dr Ephraim Mhlanga of Saide led an online workshp introducing 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 that took place earlier in August. The recorded proceedings and workshop resources of the workshop are available on the e/merge Africa website.
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.