Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) Project
(UCT Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams)
The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project is an International Development Research Centre-funded initiative hosted jointly by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT and Wawasan Open University in Malaysia. The first of its kind in terms of global reach and research focus, the project aims to produce evidence-based research from 26 countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia on the adoption and impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Global South. The Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, leads the ROER4D Network Hub team at UCT, which coordinates the work of 18 sub-projects. In line with its open access and open education focus, the Network Hub has undertaken ground-breaking work in pioneering an Open Research approach to project operations, including an open data initiative. In April 2016 the project was awarded the “Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence” by the International Open Education Consortium.
Of the 18 ROER4D sub-projects, three are hosted in CILT. The first, under the leadership of Dr Glenda Cox, is investigating the structural, cultural and motivational factors that shape academics’ adoption of OER at three universities in South Africa. The second, under the leadership of Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz, is focused on UCT’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) project, and tracks the adoption of OER in and as MOOCs. A third project, led by Sarah Goodier, aims to develop an understanding of the funding allocation of government money into educational resource acquisition, development and dissemination in basic education in South Africa.