Materials Development

Materials Design and Development

Saide works with collaborative teams to design and develop materials that facilitate access to learning. We encourage the use of effective teaching methodologies, in the context of coherent programmes and courses. We recognise that an important part of the design and development process is the evaluation of those materials. Where appropriate Saide encourages the use and adaptation of existing materials, and the licensing and distribution of materials as Open Education Resources.

For materials design and development we think about the same five questions as we do for course design [link to course design and development section on website]. We consider the same design and development strands of planning, content, context, learner support, structure, resources, the learning process, assessment, administration, and quality assurance to find answers to those questions. The answers to the five questions at the level of course design influence decisions about materials design, and create a golden thread or a story-line running through the course and materials.

More detail is available in our Course Design and Materials Development Guide.

SAIDE has been involved in a number of design and development projects over the years, including:

  • Saide Education Studies - These materials, previously published by Oxford University Press have been re-designed as open education resources and are available on our OER Africa website.

  • Kellogg Household Food Security Facilitator Programme. Click here for more information.

  • LGSETA ABET Fast Track Programme in Numeracy and Communications, ABET Levels 1-4, 2009.

  • Facilitating Outcomes Based Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Trainers and FET College Lecturers, 2006.

  • Finding Your Way in the World of Work: Activity Guide for Office Administration: Level 2, 2006.

  • Sisonke: Roll out of Education White Paper 6 for the Department of Education - Teacher Training Manuals on Inclusive Education - Screen, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) and Curriculum Adaptation, 2006.

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Fundamentals: Development of materials in Numeracy and Communication at NQF Level 1 for the training of early childhood development practitioners, 2006.

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioner Training in Fundamentals: Development of the training capacity of ECD Practitioners using the ECD Fundamentals resources in communications and maths literacy developed in Phase One of the Zenex Foundation-sponsored project, 2006.

  • Takalani Sesame: Development of a multi-media course and materials for ECD, 2006.

We have held numerous course design and materials development workshops for institutions, by way of example: University of the Western Cape, Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, University of Pretoria, Ministry of Education, Angola and Botswana College of Open Learning.