Saide Current Awareness
16 January 2023
- Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education Provides a unique and comprehensive overview of ODDE in the age of digital transformation in education as well as offering an in-depth discussion on various issues related to ODDE from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.
Provides free and unlimited access to all chapters as an open-access publication
- Book review: Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education
- Newer Theories for Digital Learning Spaces An Open Access chapter by Stephen Downes in the Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education. The abstract reads "After an outline of the traditional conception of the requirements for a “learning theory,” this chapter traces the sources for this dissatisfaction in traditional theories such as behaviourism and cognitivism, then traces some theoretical attempts to address them. It identifies a range of emerging theories, including connectivist pedagogy, personal learning environments, and open educational practices, characterizing these in terms of their response to the original dissatisfaction. It then returns to the characterization of a “learning theory,” suggesting that in the light of this new work a reconceptualization of theory may be required."
- Call for abstracts for the journal 'Distance Education' Submit a Manuscript to the Journal Distance Education for a Special Issue on "the idea of open education"
- What are Communication Barriers in Distance Education? A blog post that looks at ten of the most common communication barriers in distance education.
- Factors that determine a successful distance education program
- Why Video Making is Becoming a Necessary Part of Distance Learning in 2023 A blog post describing five ways video-making is becoming and should be a necessary component of online and distance education.
Education: South Africa
- Motshekga concedes overcrowding in schools is a problem Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that overcrowding in schools is a dire problem with negative effects. “It is a serious problem. Schools are carrying double the capacity and that is going to impact negatively on learning and teaching and infrastructure in all aspects,” she said.
Language and Literacy
Open Education and Open Educational Resources
- The Library’s Role with Open Educational Resources A blog post describing faculty perceptions of Open Educational Resources like course modules and video lectures, with librarians sharing their experiences as librarians supporting faculty in using and creating OERs.
- What makes a good open educational resource on MoodleNet: Essential Content A guide on how to create and add open educational resources(OERs) and have these resources easily found on MoodleNet- Moodle's repository of OERs.
- Synergies Between K–8 Open Educational Practices and Culturally Responsive and
Sustaining Pedagogies This brief looks at the intersection of open educational resources (OER), open educational practices (OEP), and culturally responsive and sustaining practices (CRSP) in four K–8 OER programs that provide full online courses that are freely accessible and adaptable. While the OER movement has long been animated by principles of equitable access to education and social justice (Bali et al., 2020; Geser, 2007), the OER field has evolved somewhat adjacent to that of- work by scholars and activists who are squarely focused on culturally responsive teaching and anti-racist education.
- BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English This course pack is designed to meet the learning outcomes for Adult Literacy Fundamental English Level 3 (roughly equivalent to grades 3 to 4.5 in the K-12 system). Every chapter within the three units includes a level-appropriate, high-interest reading of between 350 and 500 words. The readings are freely available in a separate reader with convenient links to the readings in each chapter of this course pack.
- Shooting at Fort Hare university highlights corruption at South African universities The apparent assassination attempt on the University of Fort Hare’s vice-chancellor, in which his bodyguard was killed, has put the spotlight on corruption that appears to have firmed its grip on the country’s tertiary education sector.
- Of Titles and Honour Pride in the recognition of achievement is only human, but recipients of honorary doctorates and the institutions that bestow them must clarify what it means — or risk diminishing the worth of the titles earned by academic effort.
- Transforming universities, one promotion at a time Transformation of universities has been high on the agenda of higher education in South Africa for a long time. Demands for change preceded democratic elections in 1994. They included widening access for students, orienting the curriculum to suit South Africa’s particular needs and histories and diversifying the staff complement.
- Teaching is students’ top choice at South African universities A large number of students seeking admission to South African universities this year appear to be bent on becoming teachers, figures show.
- Rethinking international fees and global partnerships Adam Habib writes: 'At the Universities UK conference in September 2022, there was a panel discussion comprising experts from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom who reflected on the financing and spiralling costs of higher education and the importance of rethinking the mix between student fees and public subsidy. There were also valuable suggestions on reforming the payment regime for graduates who had taken loans to finance their higher education....'
- Innovation needed from state and varsities to support internationalisation in higher education Importantly, if we do not facilitate international students studying in South Africa we cannot guarantee South African students the same experience.
- Socially engaged universities are the model of the future International USR Summit “Education and Action for a Sustainable Future” last month provided a valuable opportunity to share the latest university social responsibility insights, promote the best USR practices, and most importantly, chart our shared vision for the future.
Skills and Employment
Teaching and Learning- Local and Global
Technology Enhanced Learning