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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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 takes place in Durban from 28 - 30 June.  Leading academics will be participating in the event - visit the project website to get more information on the programme and participating delegates.


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.

OER Africa held its 2016 convening of institutional partners to reflect on the role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Supporting Pedagogical Transformation, using a Participatory Action Research Agenda in May. This powerful theme speaks to a very practical challenge – the need to improve teaching and learning in Africa’s universities - using the best available resources. We were honoured to have Professors Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa, Pieter du Toit from the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, and Dr David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning as our guest speakers.  Convening proceedings will be available shortly on our OER Africa website.



Nadeosa, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa would like to remind everyone about our 2016 conference to be hosted at Monash South Africa from 13-15 July 2016. The conference theme is Technology enhanced open and distance learning and different facets of transformation within the post-school education and training sector.   We are honoured to have Drs Phil Ice and Melissa Layne as our keynote speakers.  Visit the conference page for more information.