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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Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.The Open Education Week Organizing Committee invites your contributions to and participation in the third annual Open Education Week, featuring online and in-person events around the world. Ways to Contribute: There are many ways you can contribute to Open Education Week: upload an informational or inspirational video, host an event in your community, send us links to resources about open education, hold a webinar, and promote open education week in your social media networks. To contribute a video or resource, or to have your event or webinar featured on the Open Education Week Events calendar, please use the submission form at www.openeducationweek.org. To get the website ready, we need your submissions by 28 February 2014.
Saide's African Storybook Project seeks to appoint two dynamic professionals from 2014 to 2016 - a Partner Development Coordinator and Senior Story Editor. The deadline for applications is 2nd February 2014. Click here to view the advertisement which provides a summary of the position requirements or on the job titles for a more detailed description of the positions. THe following video, funded by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, compiled at the October Research Colloquium, also provides more information on the Project.
We are in the process of launching a new website in order to serve you better and we are scheduled to go LIVE on Monday, 9th December 2013 at www.oerafrica.org. Also to be launched is the OER Africa video with highlights from African participants in the OER arena as they touch on some of the major issues and debates around OER and the role of OER Africa therein. The video is an exciting introduction to OER in general and to OER in Africa. While we actively migrate content, you can continue to access our resources at www.oerafrica.org As always, we will continue to upload new content on an ongoing basis. We thank you for your patience during this transition as we strive to better assist you.If you have questions or feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This update on the African Storybook Project provides information on a Research for Social Change Colloquium funded by the Colloquium Abroad Program of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia. A further article reports on a pre-conference workshop that we held at the 8th Pan African Reading for All (PARFA) Conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya. We also report on progress we are making in establishing our pilot sites in Lesotho and South Africa, as well as our experiences related to translation of childrens' stories to date. Click here to read this latest update. The next update will provide a report on the exciting colloquium that we held earlier in October.