REA, MOOCs e EAD: João Mattar entrevista Andreia Inamorato

OER workshop and presentation at the University of Cape Town

Workshop and Talk at UCT on the 10th September 2010 by Andreia Inamorato ( Some useful resources:

OER Workshop – UCT

UCT presentation

Publicação REA no Brasil




OER Readiness in Africa


OER Workshop at the University of South Africa – UNISA

Workshop held at the University of South Africa on the 4th of September 2012 by Andreia Inamorato dos Santos.

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Twitter workshop hashtag: #odl12   My personal twitter username: @aisantos

Some useful resources:

OpenLearn Research Report

PPT slides

Websites for consultation:

OpenLearn:  (UK)

LabSpace: (UK)

LeedsMet:  (UK)

TEMOA: (Mexico)

Connexions: (US)

TECA – CEDERJ: (Brazil)

UTPL Opencourseware: (Ecuador)

Entrevista sobre Recursos Educacionais Abertos na TV UEM

Entrevista sobre REA pela Profª Dra Andreia Inamorato dos Santos para o canal universitário da Universidade Estadual de Maringá

UNESCO publication: Open Educational Resources in Brazil

UNESCO IITE - Institute for Information Technologies in Education - has released a publication on open educational resources in Brazil:

(Portuguese version to come) - UNESCO URL:


‘OportUnidad’ preannouncement: Promoting OER and OEP in Latin America and EU

Eight countries in Latin America and four in the EU will soon be working together to promote and research open educational resources. The OportUnidad Project is co-funded with support by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III Programme . It  involves 12 partner institutions in Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador,  Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

The aim of OportUnidad is to strengthen and sustain the EU-LA Common Higher Education Area,  through a bottom-up approach, by the increasing use of open educational practices and resources (OEP & OER).

The lead partner is Universitá degli Studi “Guglielmo Marconi” in Rome. The project will be launched in early 2012. More news to come soon.

Contact: OportUnidad in Brazil (Andreia Inamorato

Reusing OER – SCORE Residential Fellowship Course

Reusing OER – session facilitated by Andreia Inamorato dos Santos  (OLnet/SCORE)

This afternoon I ran a session on OER reuse for the Open University SCORE short-term residential fellowship course. The task was for the fellows to pick a theme and look at their colleague’s OER created during the residential course, and also throughout the web and discuss a set of reuse questions. Interestingly, reusing OER does not seem to be the a simple task. Participants  have argued that quite often the OER sites link to resources that are not clearly OER (licensed materials) and it was very difficult for them to keep track of the licenses as they were searching for OER.

Finding suitable OER and assessing quality were also issues raised. Participants argued that they could not always find OER for the topic that they had chosen to work around. If they found OER, assessing quality did not seem to be straightforward. They mostly compared OER  in terms of the usability of the websites  rather than going through a checklist of OER quality indicators – authorship (credentials), design, license (copyright clearance),  etc. This shows the importance of the tools provided/not provided in the websites to reuse OER . Most academics in this group argued that the OER websites they came across did not seem to pay attention to the reuse aspect – they often used pdf materials and had complex navigation.

HEAT program @ the OU Conference – day 2

Live blogging, 2pm – Conference Day 2

HEAT: Health Education and Training in Africa

Talk by Alison Robinson (programme coordinator)

Challenges in Africa:  high incidence of maternal and child mortality, HIV/AIDS , TB and malaria increasing, critical shortage of health workers, inadequate facilities and equipment. In Africa there’s 900 maternal deaths per 1000,000 births. Africa has 11% of the world’s population.

HEAT helps to address critical health workers shortage. The strengths of the HEAT program are that it delivers significant impact for relatively small investment, and it has the potential to train hundreds of thousands of health workers. HEAT materials can be delivered in print, online or disk.

The pilot country of HEAT is Ethiopia. One of the reasons is that all post-secondary education and training in Ethiopia is taught in English. Total population is around 81 million, of which 84% live in rural communities. Every year around 21000 Ethiopian women die due to complication of pregancy or childbirth. It is a country of contrasts.

The health extension workers in Ethiopia are paid a small salary by the Ministry of Health.  They need to be female, speak local language and basic English, amongst other things. Health Extension Workers’ initial training need to be upgraded to overcome the deficiencies in their initial training, and also because the workers are keen to have a career path. The HEAT training is provided by distance education. Restrictions on classroom capacity and availability of teachers would take more than 10 years to upgrade 31,000 health education workers.  Distance learning can be completed between 18-24 months.

HEAT will be an online knowledge bank of training materials, both in text and in multimedia form, delivered as OER . It will also include self-assessment questions, resources and toolkits with case-studies etc.

HEAT has the support of the Ministries of Health and Education in Ethiopia, funded by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust. There will be 16 distance e-learning modules, each one assessed by means of a tutor-marked assignment. The first 4 out of 16 modules are being prepared and are due for completion be end of July.

Challenges: some authors are experiencing difficulties in writing in a second language. They are also leanring the methodology of distance learning.

Alison says that the work in Ethiopia has been enourmously rewarding.

HEAT beyond Ethiopia: all modules will be free to download. Conversations are taking place to localise the content to Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Zambia.  Modules are adaptable also outside Africa.

HEAT vision: ot create a consortium of countries and organisatiosn working together aim to tackle social inequalities in Africa.

iSpot @ the OU Conference 2010 – day 2

Live blogging, 13:30 – OU conference Day 2

Talk by Doug Clow

iSpot – Your place to share nature

Doug starts by saying that (iSpot.  helps people to identify their observations of nature. One can take a photo and upload it to the iSpot website, saying what they think it is (where they saw it etc). If someone thinks it’s something else, they can identify it too. Once the user gets the confirmation of the identification, then they can learn more about it – in depth information of other observations people made about the same thing . There is a web page for every species in iSpto, aggregating all the available content  (including Wikipedia) about the species of the whole world.

At iSpot, after making an identification, the user can see who else agrees with it. And the individual identifiers are ‘ranked’ in a reputation system at the website. Once the user makes an observation and gets feedback, they can build a portfolio of pictures (as more people agree with your observation) , it increases  their reputation in the website. Observatiosn can be of birds, plants etc.

Many people who use iSpot also take a short OU course if they wish (Neighbourhood Nature 5159). This leads to accreditation – it’s a 10-point course. iSpot has a partnership with BBC Radio 4, helping broadcasting the project and enabling access to ‘nature experts’ . iSpot is Lottery funded, and targets under-represented groups.

Users give lots of  positive feedback about iSpot – they like the community of people with knowledge and enthusiasm. People say “I can’t go outside now without ‘seeing’ things!”. 130,000 visits to the site.

A good user story is that a 6-year old girl spotted a moth – Euonymus Leaf Notcher ( a rare moth in Europe). It was its first observation in the UK. That discovery was highly publicised in newspapers etc. iSpot counts on collaborations with a number of specialist societies.

Participatory Learning: research driven by the work on iSpot (Clow, Makryannis and De Liddo). Participatory Learning is a rich way of using new online media, Doug argues, as it is in line with the OU mission of inclusive education.

OpenLearn Research Report 2006-2008

This is the OpenLearn Research Report of the OpenLearn initiative of the Open University UK. Here we discuss both the user and the provider experience with open educational resources (OER), and we bring to the fore the importance of collaborative activities to foster the use of such resources. A number of case studies are presented.