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Twelve Universities join the AVU to develop a continental Teacher Education Program

Nairobi, 10, November 2014.

Nairobi, 10th, November, 2014. The African Virtual University (AVU), in its effort to address the challenges of teacher training in Africa is reviewing 4 Bachelor of Education Programs, which were developed in 2010 in collaboration with 12 African universities. 30 textbooks in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be added to the existing 219 textbooks. 40 participants from 11 countries will attend the authoring workshop, scheduled for 10th to 14th November 2014 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel in Kenya. In May 2013, a workshop was organized during which all participating universities agreed on the draft curriculum to be developed. The main objective of the workshop is to train the authors and to start writing the new content. The program will be available in English, French and Portuguese and delivered online and face-to-face in the participating universities. AVU teacher education programs are already offered in 12 universities and they will be joined by 11 other universities in 2015.

 

This workshop is funded by the African Development Bank within the framework of the AVU Multinational Support Project II, which is being implemented in 27 universities from 21 Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone African countries. The project has several components including Teacher Education, Computer Science, Peace Management and Conflict Resolution, Open Distance and eLearning Professional Development, establishment of Open Distance and eLearning centers, Research and Development and Gender Mainstreaming.

 

The reviewed and new textbooks will be interactive and will integrate videos for better engagement with learners. They will be also available in text, CDs and other devices as Open Educational Resources (OERs), allowing anyone and any institution to use them freely. So far, AVU’s OERs have been visited by over 2 million people since 2010, they are available at http://oer.avu.org/.

 

 

AVU to hold a quality assurance framework workshop

Nairobi, 13, May 2014.

The African Virtual University (AVU) will hold a quality assurance framework workshop. The workshop, which will be held on the 15th of May, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, will bring together about 30 participants including representatives from Quality Assurance Bodies in the 22 participating countries, representative from regional Quality Assurance bodies, Quality Assurance Framework Expert(s) and AVU Staff.

 

The launch is part of the activities to implement the multinational project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) whose aim is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities.

 

The objectives of this one-day workshop are to discuss the draft Quality Assurance Framework developed by the AVU and to provide input for its alignment with existing QA of National Regulatory bodies and regional QA bodies.

 

This workshop is funded by the African Development Bank under the AVU Multinational Support Project II.

 

For more information, please contact: Mathias Goldstein, Business Development Manager; Tel +2542528333; e-mail: mgoldstein@avu.org

 

 

Press Release: AVU multinational project launched at Kenyatta University

Nairobi, 2nd, July 2013.

The African Virtual University (AVU) has launched the AVU Multinational Project II at Kenyatta University.

 

The launch is part of the activities to implement the multinational project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) whose aim is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities.

 

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance, Planning and Development), Kenyatta University (KU), Prof. Keren Mburugu (Center Right), and the Manager, Academic Programs, the African Virtual University, Dr. Atieno Adala (Center Right), pose for a picture with staff from KU and AVU after the launch of the AVU Multinational Project II at KU on 2nd July, 2013.

 

Speaking on behalf of KU Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof.John Okumu, said KU has had a relationship dating back to 1997 and that the AVU Multinational Project II will further strengthen this relationship and the institutions capacity to offer open, distance, and eLearning programs.

 

Speaking on behalf of the AVU Rector, the Manager, AVU Academic Programs, Dr. Atieno Adala urged African Universities to make use of ICTs an integral part of teaching and learning if Africa is to attain Millennium Develops Goals and Education for All.

 

The launch is part of the activities to implement the multinational project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The aim of the project is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities.

 

The launch at KU followed the successful completion of three major activities: The Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop; The Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs; and the Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop.

 

During the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop, which was held, between 9th and 12th July, 2012 in Nairobi Kenya, Vice Chancellors of 26 African Universities developed an implementation framework for the Multinational Project II and agreed to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project.

 

The first meeting for the Advisory Committee for the Teacher Education and Computer Science programs was held 17th and 18th May, 2013 and it preceded the Teacher Education and Computer Science Curriculum Design Workshop which took place from the 20th to 25th May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Advisory Committee advises on and the implementation of the AVU continent-wide Mathematics and Science Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science.

 

The project will include technical assistance to countries and universities, enhancing the use of open educational resources, and implementation of programs such as the teacher education, computer science and peace and conflict resolution, as well as capacity enhancement of university academics in developing, managing and implementing their own program using eLearning programs. Through the project, the AVU will also work to reduce gender disparity in science disciplines by awarding scholarships to female students.

 

The launch involved raising awareness on the project's activities and expected outcomes as well as enhancing the use of AVU's Open Education Resources.

 

Twenty one (21) African countries are currently benefiting from the project and these include: nine (9) Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

Press Release: AVU multinational project launched in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, 13th June 2013

The African Virtual University (AVU) launched the AVU Multinational Project II in Tanzania at the Ministry of Education and the University of Dar es Salaam.

 

Speaking on behalf of the AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo, the AVU Manager, Academic Programs, Dr. Atieno Adala said: "AVU has reviewed its operations to better assist its member countries and partner institutions to deal with growing demand for higher education and for quality." She urged universities to make ICTs an integral part of our teaching and learning.

 

The Acting Permanent Secretary and the Director of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Education, United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Egbert Ndauka (Center), the AVU Manager, Academic Programs, Dr. Atieno Adala (Centre Left), and the Principal, College of Information and Communication Technologies, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Nerey H. Mvungi (Centre Right) pose for a group photo at the Offices of the Ministry of Education after launching the AVU Multinational Project II at the Ministry on 14th June, 2013

 

The Corporate Counsel and Secretary to Council, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Florens D.A.M. Luoga, speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, said: "The AVU Multinational Project II is in line with USDSM Vision 2061 which emphasizes on optimal use of ICT as a learning tool and for day to day application in betterment of life."

 

The Project was launched at the Ministry of Education on June 14th where the Acting Permanent Secretary and the Director of Policy and Planning, Mr. Egbert Ndauka, represented the Minister. Speaking on behalf of the Minister, Mr. Ndauka said: "The AVU multinational project will boost education for students in various parts of the country especially in remote areas".

 

The launch is part of the activities to implement the multinational project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) whose aim is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities. It follows the successful completion of three major activities: The Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop; The Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs; and the Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop.

 

The Corporate Counsel and Secretary to Council, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Florens D.A.M. Luoga (Center), the AVU Manager, Academic Programs, Dr. Atieno Adala (Centre Left), and the Principal, College of Information and Communication Technologies, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Nerey H. Mvungi (Centre Right) pose for a group photo after launching the AVU Multinational Project II at UDSM on 13th June, 2013

 

During the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop, which was held, between 9th and 12th July, 2012 in Nairobi Kenya, Vice Chancellors of 26 African Universities developed an implementation framework for the Multinational Project II and agreed to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project.

 

The first meeting for Advisory Committee for the Teacher Education and Computer Science programs was held 17th and 18th May, 2013 and it preceded the Teacher Education and Computer Science Curriculum Design Workshop which took place from the 20th to 25th May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Advisory Committee advises on and the implementation of the AVU continent-wide Mathematics and Science Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science.

 

The project will also include technical assistance to countries and universities, enhancing the use of open educational resources, and implementation of programs such as the teacher education, computer science and peace and conflict resolution, as well as capacity enhancement of university academics in developing, managing and implementing their own program using eLearning programs.

 

Through the project, the AVU will also work to reduce gender disparity in science disciplines by awarding scholarships to female students.

 

The mission also involved raising awareness of the partner institution on the expected outcomes of the Multinational Project as well as enhancing the use of AVU's Open Education Resources. It will also involve collecting baseline data for monitoring and evaluation of the project's activities.

 

Twenty one (21) African countries are currently benefiting from the project and these include: nine (9) Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

Press Release: AVU multinational project launched in Rwanda

Kigali, 10th June 2013

The African Virtual University (AVU) launched the AVU Multinational Project II at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).

 

Speaking at the launch ceremony the AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo, who was also the Guest of Honor, said African Universities need to make Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) an integral part of teaching and learning if Africa is to attain Millennium Develops Goals and Education for All.

 

The Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda, Dr. Vincent Biruta (Centre Left), the Rector, the African Virtual University, Dr. Bakary Diallo (Centre Right) and the Acting Rector, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Dr. Christine Gasingirwa, pose for a photo with the Minister in Kigali, Rwanda on 12th June, 2013

 

According to him educationists and economists have observed that if Africa is going to compete in the global economy, at least 12% to 15% of the continent's workforce should have attained tertiary education. "However, the average enrollment in Sub-Saharan Africa Higher Education is 6%," he said. "This is the right time for African Universities to consider using eLearning to address the growing need for quality and affordable education and training". However, Dr. Diallo noted that "this will require appropriate policies and funding, meticulous planning and execution, innovation, quality control, research and development and a vast sensitization campaign".

 

The KIST Rector, Dr. Christine Gasingirwa, welcomed the project, saying the support from AVU had come at a critical time when KIST was looking to increase student enrollment through alternative learning methods. "The Open Distance and eLearning Center help us increase uptake of students from all corners of the country," Dr. Gasingirwa said.

 

The launch is part of the activities to implement the multinational project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) whose aim is to strengthen the AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities. It follows the successful completion of three major activities: The Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop; The Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs; and the Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop.

 

The Acting Rector, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Dr. Christine Gasingirwa (Center Left) and the Rector, African Virtual University (AVU), Dr. Bakary Diallo (Centre) and the Representative form the Ministry of Education, Dr. Abdalla Baguma (Center Right) pose for a group photo after launching the AVU Multinational Project II at KIST on June 11th, 2013.

 

During the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop, which was held, between 9th and 12th July, 2012 in Nairobi Kenya, Vice Chancellors of 26 African Universities developed an implementation framework for the Multinational Project II and agreed to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project.

 

The first meeting for Advisory Committee for the Teacher Education and Computer Science programs was held 17th and 18th May, 2013 and it preceded the Teacher Education and Computer Science Curriculum Design Workshop which took place from the 20th to 25th May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Advisory Committee advises on and the implementation of the AVU continent-wide Mathematics and Science Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science.

 

The project includes technical assistance to countries and universities, enhancing the use of open educational resources, and implementation of programs such as the teacher education, computer science and peace and conflict resolution, as well as capacity enhancement of university academics in developing, managing and implementing their own program using eLearning programs.

 

Through the project, the AVU will also work to reduce gender disparity in science disciplines by awarding scholarships to female students.

 

Twenty one (21) African countries are currently benefiting from the project and these include: nine (9) Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org.

 

 

 

Press Release: AVU to hold Advisory Committee meetings for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs

Nairobi – 16th May 2013

The African Virtual University will hold its Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs from 17th to 18th May, 2013 in Nairobi Kenya. The Committee advises on and the implementation of the AVU continent wide Maths and Science Teacher Education and Applied Computer Science.

 

The Meeting will be attended by about 100 participants from 27 participating institutions. Members of the advisory committees include Deputy Vice Chancellors in charge of Academics for participating institutions, Deans of the Faculties of Computer Science, and Teacher Education. Also attending the meetings will be representatives of National Quality Assurance Bodies, and Industry representatives.

 

The AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo (Centre seated) Mr. Larry Cooperman, the AVU Board Member and the Director of OpenCourseWare, Irvine California (Centre Left) and Prof. Ezra K. Maritim, the AVU Board Member and Chairman of the Commission for Higher Education of Kenya (Centre Right) pose for a picture with participants at the AVU Advisory Committee meeting for Teacher Education and Computer Science programs in Nairobi, Kenya

 

During the meeting, the Advisory Committee will, among other things, agree on guidelines to assure the quality of the Teacher Education and Computer Science programs, discuss admission of new members to the Teacher Education Virtual Consortium (TEVC) as well as discuss the rules and regulations for the new Computer Science Virtual Consortium (CSVC).

 

The Advisory Committees for the Teacher Education and Computer Science programs were proposed and endorsed during the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization workshop which was held in July 2012. During that workshop, Vice Chancellors from 26 African Universities and institutions signed a Final Communique endorsing plans to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project AVU multinational Project II.

 

The AVU Multinational Project II is funded by the African Development Bank and it is being implemented in 21 African countries which include: nine (9) Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

Press Release: AVU to hold Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop

Nairobi – 16th May 2013

The African Virtual University will hold a Computer Science and Teacher Education Curriculum Design Workshop from 20th to 25th May, 2013 in Nairobi Kenya. This is the first step towards reviewing the AVU continent wide math and science teacher education program, and the development of the new applied computer science program.

 

The workshop is expected to bring together about 170 participants from 21 African countries. They will include Deputy Vice Chancellors in charge of Academics for participating institutions, deans of the Faculties of Computer Science, and Education, representatives of National Quality Assurance Bodies, and Industry representatives. The workshop will be preceded by the Computer Science and Teacher Education Advisory committee meetings which will take place from 17th to 18th, May, 2013.

 

The AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo (Centre Right), Mr. Larry Cooperman, the AVU Board Member and the Director of OpenCourseWare, Irvine California (Seated Centre ) pose for a photo with participants after opening the Teacher Education and Computer Science and Curriculum Design Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

 

Participants will design and develop a Curriculum for Computer Science Program which will include a Diploma Information Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Computer Science. The workshop will also involve comparing the curriculum of each participating country with that of existing 73 modules of Teacher Education in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT and Teacher Professional Development that were developed during the first phase of the AVU Multinational Project in order to come up with a Consortium Teacher Education Program.

 

The workshop will be guided by the outcomes of the Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization workshop which was held in Nairobi in July 2012. During that workshop, Vice Chancellors from 26 African Universities and institutions signed a Final Communique endorsing plans to work with the AVU to collaboratively implement the project AVU multinational Project II.

 

The AVU Multinational Project II is funded by the African Development Bank and it is being implemented in 21 African countries which include: nine (9) Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal; four (3) Lusophone countries: Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; and nine (9) Anglophone countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

Press Release: AVU Wins a Third International Award

Nairobi – 16th May 2013

 

The African Virtual University has won a global Award for the Outstanding Course/Text and Illustrations – Atomic Physics. According to Open CourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a global grass root open education movement, the Award recognized the AVU course - Atomic Physics – for 'exemplary quality in its presentation of educational content (in breadth, depth, creativity)'.

 

The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding individuals, courses and Open course sites in the community. The awards are presented each year at the global OpenCourseWare Consortium's annual conference. Individual award recipients are selected by the Consortium's Board of Directors; site and course awards are selected by an awards committee populated from the Consortium membership.

 

The AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo received the Award on May 9th at the OCWC annual conference in Bali Indonesia. "This is an important recognition as it shows that the AVU OER collection has high quality material quality meeting international standards," Dr. Diallo said.

 

The Atomic Physics module was authored by Prof. Kiwanga from the Open University of Tanzania during the first phase of the AVU Multinational Project funded by the African Development Bank and it is part of the 219 modules released by the AVU on its portal as open educational resources (OERs).

 

The AVU OER Portal continues to receive global recognition. The portal was voted the "Most Progressive" resource in the Education-Portal.com People's Choice Awards in 2012 and was also recognized as the "Best Emerging OCW Initiative" in 2011.

 

The AVU OER portal attracted more than 1,500,000 users from 200 countries and between January 2011 and January 2013 which means that through AVU, Africa is contributing to global knowledge and is therefore not only a consumer of content from the 'North'.

 

The AVU is currently improving the existing collection, developing new resources in computer science, and making the OER@AVU portal more interactive and appealing to users.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

Open Education Week 11th -15th, March, 2013

Nairobi – 25 February 2013

Open education is about sharing, reducing barriers and increasing access in education. It includes free and open access to platforms, to tools and to resources in education (such as learning materials, course materials, videos of lectures, assessment tools, research, study groups, textbooks, etc.). Open education seeks to create a world in which the desire to learn is fully met by the opportunity to do so and where everyone, everywhere is able to access affordable, educationally and culturally appropriate opportunities to gain whatever knowledge or training they desire.

 

Open Education Week is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free an open to anyone.

 

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OER workshops held in four African countries to enhance knowledge sharing across the continent

Nairobi – 17 December 2012

The availability of good quality education resources is one of the challenges facing the African continent. As result, the continent has often relied on material from the 'North' which has little or no relevance to the continent's development needs.

 

It is in this context that the African Virtual University began developing education resources in Mathematics and Sciences, ICT Basic Skills, Teacher Education professional courses, and in integration of ICTs in Education.

 

The resources were developed collaboratively involving 146 authors and peer reviewers from 10 countries in Africa. A total of 219 text books were produced in English, French, and Portuguese, the most widely spoken language on the continent.

 

In 2011, the resources were released as Open Education Resources at the OER@AVU portal: http://oer.avu.org/.

 

The resources are also available on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/AfricanVirtualUni, making them accessible to a wider global network of scholars who use scribd as a useful resource for research. The resources can freely download the material use it and adopt to their own teaching and learning needs.

 

The resources have since attracted a lot of interest from users around the world, reversing the trend of Africa being a consumer of knowledge from the 'North' to being a contributor to global knowledge. The resources are currently being used in more than 200 countries and territories with Brazil, United States, and France being some of the top users.

 

"The University of Port Harcourt has put together a team of Subject Matter Experts, Instructional Designers, and other technical staff to review the AVU OERs and adapt them to meet the learning needs of Nigerian students."

 

While the resources are widely accessed worldwide, Africans have not adequately utilized the resources despite being produced by African Authors and peer reviewers for Africans. It is against this backdrop that the AVU has begun raising awareness of the resources through workshops to increase their use among African academics and students.

 

The AVU has so far held a number of workshops in Sudan at the Open University of Sudan, in South Sudan at the University of Juba, in Ghana at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, the University of Education – Winneba, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, and in Nigeria at University of Port Harcourt.

 

For instance the University of Port Harcourt has put together a team of Subject Matter Experts, Instructional Designers, and other technical staff to review the AVU OERs and adapt them to meet the learning needs of Nigerian students. Nigeria is one of the African countries that have put emphasis on integrating Open Distance and eLearning methods into conventional teaching methods to increase enrollment in tertiary institutions.

 

In Sudan workshop participants noted that the AVU resources would benefit the entire continent if they are translated in Arabic, which is the most widely spoken language in North Africa. The Open University of Sudan offered to translate the materials into Arabic so that the materials can be available to the majority of users not just in Sudan but also in the rest of the Arab World.

 

During the workshops the AVU Senior ICT Officer took participants through a practical guide of how to navigate the OER@AVU portal (http://oer.avu.org/).

 

Given the low internet connectivity and frequent power interruption, the AVU resources are also produced in print and CDs. These OER Text books and CDs were also distributed during the workshops in each of the countries and institutions visited.

 

 

 

Press release: AVU Open Courses Voted the "Most Progressive" by the Global Community

Nairobi, Kenya, 14 September 2012

The African Virtual University Open Education Resources (OER) initiative has been voted the "Most Progressive" resource in the second Education-Portal.com OpenCourseWare (OCW) People's Choice Awards.

 

This is the second time the AVU open courses have won global recognition. In 2011, the US-based Education-Portal.com recognized the AVU OERs http://oer.avu.org as the "Best Emerging OCW Initiative".

 

Over 20,000 people voted in this year's competition. In the "Most Progressive Category", the AVU received most votes against competitors such as Process Arts, an online open educational resource from the University of the Arts London, and Open Badges, a Mozilla project designed to help individuals gain recognition for accomplishments gained outside of a traditional degree program.

 

The AVU was commended for "bringing together educational resources from across Africa into a single, unified group without sacrificing the diversity of the people benefiting from the site".

 

The AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo, said: "This Award shows that Africa is moving from a development model that pulls resources from the international community to one that gives relevant content that is contributing to the international dialogue on education. It demonstrates the increasing global recognition of our commitment to increase access to quality education through free educational resources."

 

Dr. Diallo added: "eLearning provides an alternative platform to quality education which will enable Africa meeting the challenge of increasing enrollment in tertiary institutions".

 

AVU's OER is supported by the African Development Bank and hosts 219 open educational modules divided into several topics - textbooks in math and science, teacher education, basic ICT (information and communication technology) skills and four in ICT classroom integration – all of which are freely available in English, French and Portuguese. The resources are also accessible on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/AfricanVirtualUni According to Education-Portal.com, voters lauded AVU for producing the resources in the three languages, helping "the most needed region of the world to move forward." Voters considered AVU "a critical resource" with "original and very interesting content".

 

The OERs portal attracted more than 1,000,000 users from 193 countries between January 2011 and June 2012 which means that through AVU, Africa is contributing to global knowledge and is therefore not only a consumer of content from the 'North'.

 

AVU is currently improving the existing collection, developing new resources in computer science, and making the OER@AVU portal more interactive and appealing to users.

 

The Education-Portal.com People's Choice Awards are designed to increase awareness of these free educational resources and celebrate the efforts of those behind them. All the nominees offer free educational resources online, making it easier for lifelong learners around the globe to further their education and career aspirations.

 

Other winners of the Award include: American Museum of Natural History, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare, Open Michigan of the University of Michigan, Students Circle Network, among others.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge-Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 29th October 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Mechanics module authored by Tendayi Chihaka

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/55

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 20th September 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Organic Chemistry II module authored by Dr. George Mhehe

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/46

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

Press Release: AVU nominated for Education-Portal.com People's Choice Award as Most Progressive

Nairobi, Kenya, 3 August 2012

The African Virtual University has been nominated for the Education-Portal.com People's Choice Award in the "Most Progressive" category. Nominations related to Open Educational Resources were made by the readers and other members of the free education community.

 

Voting will take place online from now until Friday, August 31, 2012 and winners will be announced in early September on Education-Portal.com. To vote, please go to: http://eduport.al/PKKBf6, vote the African Virtual University under the "Most Progressive", fill in the form, and then click submit at the bottom of the page.

 

The nomination demonstrates the increasing global recognition of AVU's commitment to increase access to quality education through Open Educational Resources. Both students and academic institutions in Africa and around the globe have benefited from the AVU unique approach in developing collectively open resources across countries and language groups.

 

In an article which appeared in the New York Times on 22, April, 2012 titled: "Building Schools Out of Clicks, Not Bricks", the AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo described how the AVU@OER portal http://oer.avu.org/ has contributed to global knowledge. "The portal is incredibly popular in Brazil and the U.S.A," Dr. Diallo said.

 

In 2011, the US-based Education-Portal.com recognized the AVU Open Education Resources http://oer.avu.org as the "Best Emerging OCW Initiative". In May 2012, at the African Technology Award held Johannesburg, South Africa, the AVU was named the "Technology Educator of the Year" in recognition of the institution's efforts to use ICTs to educate, motivate and inspire students to become lifelong learners while encouraging them to pursue careers in technology.

 

The AVU Open Education Resources were developed in 2005 using a collaborative approach involving 12 African universities. A total of 146 authors and peer reviewers from 10 African countries in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries were fully involved in the process.

 

The AVU@OER portal was launched in January 2011 and hosts 219 text books and 91 video tutorials available in English, French, and Portuguese. More than 1,000,000 users between January 2011 and June 2012 which means that through AVU, Africa is contributing to global knowledge and is therefore not only a consumer of content from the 'North'.

 

The Education-Portal.com People's Choice Awards are designed to increase awareness of these free educational resources and celebrate the efforts of those behind them. All the nominees offer free educational resources online, making it easier for lifelong learners around the globe to further their education and career aspirations.

 

"The AVU is humbled by this nomination and would like to thank its partners and supporters, especially the African Development Bank which is the main sponsor of the AVU OER@AVU portal," Dr. Diallo said.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge-Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

About AVU

 

African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization whose aim is to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies.

 

Founded in 1997, the AVU has trained more than 43,000 students across Africa and established the largest network of Open Distance and eLearning institutions in over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. AVU works across borders and languages in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

 

In 2011 AVU received global recognition for implementation of Phase I of the Multinational Project with an award by the US-based Education-Portal.com for its open Education Resources http://oer.avu.org activities in the category of "Best Emerging OCW Initiative."

 

The AVU is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with a regional office in Dakar, Senegal

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 31st July 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Ecology module authored by John Kiogora Mworia.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/34

 

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African Universities agree to collaboratively develop open education resources

Nairobi, 19 July, 2012.

Vice Chancellors from twenty six African Universities have endorsed the collaboration framework which will include developing Open Education Resources as part of the African Virtual University Multinational Project II activities. This was at the conclusion of the AVU Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop held in Nairobi Kenya, from 9th to 12th July 2012.

 

In 2011, the AVU launched AVU@OER as an online interactive portal which hosts 219 text books available in English, French, and Portuguese. The portal also hosts 91 videos.

 

In a final communique issued at the end of the workshop participants agreed on a collaborative approach for implementing the AVU Multinational Project II across participating countries and universities.

 

 

AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo (C) with Vice Chancellors from African Universities after endorsing AVU plans to collaboratively develop and deliver educational programs. This was during the AVU Policy Harmonization and Curriculum Conceptualization Workshop held from 9th to 12th July 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya

 

They endorsed the project's framework for curriculum design, development, and production of learning materials in various formats, delivery, accreditation, award and quality assurance, as well as Open Educational Resources.

 

They also endorsed the project's governance, sustainability and quality assurance strategies which include: communities of practice; Teacher Education Advisory Committee; Teacher Education Virtual Consortium; Computer Science Advisory Committee and Computer Science Virtual Consortium.

 

The Vice Chancellors also appreciated the African Development Bank for financial and technical support to the AVU Multinational Project II in 21 countries and 27 universities. They supported the initiative by the African Virtual University to facilitate the implementation of various programs across the participating countries and institutions. They encouraged institutions to adopt ICT integration in education and Open Educational Resources policies.

 

The Vice Chancellors also called on governments and development partners to support AVU and to contribute in strengthening and expanding the outputs of the Multinational Project I. They encouraged African countries to adopt the AVU Charter, and tertiary education institutions to join the AVU network.

 

The workshop participants included 133 delegates from 25 African Countries in government, academia development partners and strategic partners. The workshop was attended by High Level representatives, including Prof. Adwok Nyaba, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, South Sudan, Prof. Arindo Chilunda, Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Mozambique, Prof. Harry Kaane, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya, Prof. Abdoul Aziz Issa Daouda, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Education, Niger, and Ms. Ngombe Kabamba Nandege, Deputy Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Higher Education, University and Scientific Research.

 

The project is being implemented in 21 African countries following the successful implementation of a first phase in 12 universities from 10 countries. The project includes: Establishment and upgrading of Open Distance and eLearning Centers among participating Partner Institutions; gender mainstreaming through awarding scholarships to female students; research and development;

 

It also includes technical assistance to countries and universities, enhancing the use of open educational resources; implementation of the teacher education, computer science and peace and conflict resolution programs as well as AVU Capacity Enhancement Program.

 

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the workshop, AVU Rector Dr. Bakary Diallo said: "Higher education institutions can increase student enrollment and offer quality training by integrating open learning, distance education and eLearning programs into conventional institutions through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We have factored the lessons from the first phase of this project and I am very happy about the commitment from governments and universities to implement successfully this second phase".

 

Access to higher education in Africa is still a major challenge. It is estimated that only 6 per cent of school of the population have access to higher education.

 

The AVU Multinational Support Project II is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and it aims at strengthening AVU and its network of institutions to deliver and manage quality ICT integrated education and training opportunities in 21 African countries.

 

The workshop also included participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan and Tanzania. AVU partners such as the African Development Bank, the African Capacity Building Foundation, UNESCO, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa also attended the workshop.

 

For more information, please contact: Godwin Bonge-Muhwezi, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer; Tel +254700395376; e-mail: gmuhwezi@avu.org

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 25th June 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Atomic Physics module authored by Prof. C.A. Kiwanga (in memoriam).

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/23

 

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AVU Open Education Resources attract more than one million users

Nairobi, 01 June, 2012.

More than one million users accessed the African Virtual University (AVU) Open Education Resources between January 2011 and June 2012.

 

The AVU@OER is an interactive portal which hosts 219 text books available in English, French, and Portuguese. The portal also hosts 91 videos.

 

In 2005, the African Virtual University through a collaborative approach involving 12 African Universities began developing academic material for enhancing science teacher education and accelerating integration of ICTs in education.

 

A total of 12 African universities, 146 authors and peer reviewers from 10 countries in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries were fully involved in the exercise funded by the African Development Bank and partially by the United Nations Development Program-Somalia.

 

A total of 219 modules were produced, 73 modules in each of the 3 languages as follows: 46 in Mathematics and Sciences; 4 in ICT Basic Skills; 19 in Teacher Education professional courses; and 4 in integration of ICTs in Education.

 

The modules were released as Open Education Resources under the Creative Commons license in order to make the material freely available. Consequently, the AVU@OER portal was launched in January 2011, making AVU the leading African institution in producing and using OERs.

 

The portal has contributed to increase the number of Africans that use, contextualize, share and disseminate existing as well as future academic content developed by the AVU.

 

Through the portal, the AVU is enabling academics all around the African continent and beyond to share, distribute and disseminate their resources globally and contribute towards Africa's economic development through education. Institutions and individuals can access the materials, use, modify and post them back to enrich the portal.

 

The resources are also available on Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/AfricanVirtualUni), making them accessible to a wider global network of scholars who use scribd as a useful resource for research and education.

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 28th May 2012

The following module has been highlighted: ICT Integration in Physics module authored by Sémou Diouf and Salomon Ngamo.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/64

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 8th May 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Educational Research module authored by Ridwan Mohamed Osman.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/80

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 12th April 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Numerical Methods module authored by Dr. Ralph W.P. Masenge

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/19

 

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AVU partnership with the African Union Commission will promote open education resources across Africa

NAIROBI, 5 April, 2012

The African Virtual University (AVU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Union Commission (AUC). The partnership paves the way for the AVU to widen the use and understanding of its eLearning initiatives and promote use of Open Education Resources across Africa. The MOU also enhances AVU's reputation as the leading ICT in Education institution in Africa. His Excellency Professor Jean-Pierre Ezin, the AUC Commissioner for Human Resources, Sciences Technology, and Dr. Bakary Diallo, Rector of the AVU signed the document.

 

 

His Excellency Professor Jean-Pierre Ezin, the AUC Commissioner for Human Resources, Sciences Technology (Right) and Dr. Bakary Diallo, Rector of the AVU shortly after signing the MOU.

 

"This partnership between the AVU and the AUC is significant on two levels. First, it represents a partnership with the entire continent. Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, it signifies that Africa is now firmly embracing the need to put in place alternative structures that will guarantee access to quality education for all", commented Dr. Diallo.

 

Under the terms of the MOU, AUC and AVU agree to promote education and the innovative use of ICT in Africa, in particular through eLearning program delivery with focus on teacher education, content development, infrastructure, quality assurance, open education resources, capacity building and networking.

 

The partnership with the AU Commission follows closely on the heels of a US$15.6 million grant awarded in January by the African Development Bank. The grant allows AVU to assist 22 African countries in improving their infrastructure and programs, and to provide technical assistance on their ICT in education policies and strategies. The grant will also support a peace and conflict resolution program, research and development with focus on mobile learning, open educational resources and gender mainstreaming through the award of scholarships to women enrolled in science programs.

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 21st March 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Mechanics prepared by Tendayi Chihaka

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/55

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 1st March 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Inorganic Chemistry 1 module authored by Dr. Chrispin Kowenje.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/41

 

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OpenCourseWare Consortium Declares First Annual Open Education Week for March 5-10, 2012

Efforts to Expand Access to Education and Knowledge to be Featured in Global Events

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., – (February 21, 2012)

 

The OpenCourseWare Consortium announces today the first annual Open Education Week from March 5-10, 2012. Open Education Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are high-quality, free and open educational materials that offer opportunities for people anywhere in the world to share, use and reuse.

 

"The vision of the open education movement is to create a world in which the desire to learn is fully met by the opportunity to do so, where everyone, everywhere, is able to access affordable, educationally and culturally appropriate opportunities to gain whatever knowledge or training they desire. The movement encompasses producing, sharing, using and modifying content, as well as innovative models of educational delivery," said Mary Lou Forward, executive director of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. "Open Education Week will showcase projects, resources, people and ideas so that people around the world can see the breadth of what has been accomplished already, and participate in discussions about the future of the movement."

 

Open Education Week is being coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium. The event will take place online and in different locations around the world, with opportunities to participate in webinars, discussions and live events. Projects and events will be featured from institutions and organizations from around the world, including: University of Cape Town, University of Michigan, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, University of California, Irvine, Delft University of Technology, and Creative Commons.

 

About The OpencCourseWare Consortium

 

The OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) is a community of more than 250 universities and associated organizations worldwide. The mission of the OCWC and its member institutions is to advance formal and informal learning for educators and self-learners around the world through the sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials packaged as courses readily accessible on a digital platform. The Consortium showcases its members to a global audience and provides information and training through webinars, newsletters, and free and open materials. For more information, visit http://www.ocwconsortium.org

 

 

 

Open Education Week 5-10 March 2012 - Call for participation

Nairobi – 26 January 2012

Join your colleagues around the world to increase understanding about open education! Open Education Week will take place from 5-10 March 2012 online www.openeducationweek.org and in locally hosted events around the world. The objective is to raise awareness of the open education movement and open educational resources. There are several ways you and your organization can be involved:

 

1. Provide a pre-recorded informational virtual tour of your project, work, or organization. This should be focused on the work you're doing in open education, designed for a general audience. These can be done in any language.

 

2. Offer a webinar. Webinars are well suited for topics of general interest, such as what's happening in open education in a particular area or country, or topics that offer discussion possibilities. Webinars can be scheduled in any language, 24 hours a day. We would also like to feature question and answer sessions in a variety of languages and time zones.

 

3. Pre-record a presentation on open education concepts. Do you have an inspiring presentation about open education? Can you discuss the issues that open education seeks to address in your country, region or globally? We plan to feature short, introductory overviews of open education and OER for different audiences, such as those new to the idea, policy makers, faculty, etc. Presentations in any language are welcome.

 

4. Create or share text-based, downloadable information. This should be information on the open education movement, in any language, appropriate to introduce the movement and its important concepts to a variety of audiences. Specific information on your project can be linked to from the openeducationweek.org website.

 

5. Sponsor or host a local event during the week of 5-10 March. This could be a community discussions, a forum on open education, a challenge and/or a celebration. We invite you to get creative with planning events. Suggestions and support will be available on the open education week web site, and the planning group is happy to work with you to create bigger impact.

 

The OCW Consortium is coordinating this community run event. There is no cost to participate. Follow us on twitter at #openeducationwk and facebook at facebook.com/openeducationwk

 

Please fill out the Open Education Week contributor's form by January 27, 2012: tinyurl.com/openeducationwkpax

 

You may also contact us at openeducationwk@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 21st February 2012

Diversity of Algae and Plants module authored by Dr. Memory Tekere, Biological Sciences Dept, University of Zimbabwe

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/33

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 2nd February 2012

Solid State Physics module authored by Dr. Obwoya Kinyera Sam

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/28

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 26 January 2012

The following module has been highlighted: ICT Integration in Biology module authored by Salomon Tchameni Ngamo and Mamdou Sarr.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/66

 

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The African Virtual University receives a grant of USD15.6 million from the African Development Bank Group to help African Universities to develop Open Education Resources

NAIROBI, 24, January, 2012

The African Virtual University (AVU) has received USD 15.6 million from the African Development Fund for the second phase of the AVU Multinational Project. The capacity-building grant will help AVU on a variety of fronts. The grant allows AVU to help African countries' improve their infrastructure and programs, and provide technical assistance on their ICT in education policies and strategies. The grant will also support research and development, open educational resources and gender mainstreaming through the award of scholarships to women enrolled in science programs. Dr. Bakary Diallo, AVU's Rector and Mr. Gabriel Negatu the Regional Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed the agreement today at the AfDB East Africa Resource Centre.

 

 

The AVU Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo (Left) with the Regional Director, AfDB East Africa Regional Resource Center, Mr. Gabriel Negatu, after signing the grant agreement

 

"This grant allows the ICT in education movement to truly take root in Africa. With a population that is largely under 20, education will continue to be a priority for African countries. ICT in education can provide a sound alternative when space and resource constraints threaten to deprive so many of the gift of education", noted Dr. Diallo.

 

Specifically, the grant will strengthen the capacity of the AVU to establish distance and eLearning infrastructure in selected partner institutions, develop and deliver quality ICT-integrated programs in mathematics and science teacher education, computer science, and peace and conflict resolution. It will help the AVU to launch its research and development agenda with a focus on mobile learning, to scale up its Open Educational Resources initiative, and provide technical assistance to African countries regarding ICT in education policies and strategies. The grant will also support gender mainstreaming mainly through awarding of scholarships to women in science programs.

 

The second phase of the AVU Multinational Project will be implemented in 27 partner institutions in 22 countries. It builds on the success and lessons learned from the first phase which was also funded by ADF for USD 7 million and was implemented in 10 countries between 2005 and 2011.

 

The 22 beneficiaries of the new project include: 9 Francophone African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal; 4 Lusophone African Countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique; 9 Anglophone African Countries: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, and Tanzania.

 

The AVU has become a major player in enhancing capacity for the use of information technology in the African Higher Education sector and has facilitated training of more than 43,000 students since its inception in 1997. The AVU received a global recognition in 2011 by winning the US based Education-Portal.com prize for its Open Education Resources http://oer.avu.org activities in the category of "Best Emerging OCW Initiative"

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 13 January 2012

The following module has been highlighted: Multimedia Design and Applications module authored by Mr. George L. Ekol, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/85

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 15th December 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Educational Management module authored by Prof. Gerald Ngugi Kimani, University of Nairobi

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/79

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 06th December 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Mathematics 1, Basic Mathematics module authored by Prof. Jairus. Khalagai, University of Nairobi

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/18

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 23rd November 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Organic Chemistry 1 module authored by Dr. George L. Mhehe and Mahamud Mohamed Korane

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/45

 

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First Annual Open Education Week Declared for 5-10 March 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., (October 25, 2011)

Efforts to expand access to education and knowledge to be featured in global events

 

5-10 March 2012 has been declared the first annual Open Education Week. A global event, Open Education Week seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are high-quality, free and open educational materials that offer opportunities for people anywhere in the world to share, use and reuse knowledge.

 

"The vision of the OER movement is to improve teaching and learning globally through free and open sharing. OER give people access to the educational content they desire, independent of time or location. The movement encompasses producing, sharing, using and modifying content, as well as innovative models of educational delivery," said Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. "Open Education Week is going to showcase projects, resources, people and ideas so more people around the world can see its potential and its benefits."

 

Open Education Week is being planned by representatives of Open Education institutions and organizations from around the world and coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium. Global events will feature projects and resources as well as more general information about the OER movement. Live webinars will be scheduled in different time zones and languages throughout the week. Information and pre-recorded presentations also will be available on the website, along with a virtual tour of a variety of open educational projects and available OER. All virtual and live events are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.openeducationweek.org

 

ABOUT THE OPENCOURSEWARE CONSORTIUM:

 

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a community of more than 250 universities and associated organizations worldwide committed to advancing opencourseware sharing and its impact on global educational opportunity. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance formal and informal learning for educators and self-learners around the world through the sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials packaged as courses readily accessible on a digital platform. The Consortium showcases its members to a global audience and provides information and training through webinars, newsletters, and free and open opencourseware materials. For more information, visit www.ocwconsortium.org

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 07th November 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Animal Diversity module authored by Laurence Joséphine Rabotovao, Université d'Antananarivo

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/51

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi – 31st October 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Electronics module authored by Sam Kinyera Obwoya, Kyambogo University Uganda.

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/25

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 17th October 2011

The following module has been highlighted: ICT Basic Skills: Text Based Productivity Tools module authored by Dr. Elijah I. Omwenga

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/83

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 8th September 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Professional Courses: Educational Communication module authored by George L. Ekol

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/76

 

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African Virtual University OER Voted 'Best Emerging Initiative' by the Global Community

NAIROBI, 22 August, 2011

The African Virtual University (AVU) continues to gain international recognition for increasing accessibility to quality education for thousands of Africans. In the first OpenCourseWare (OCW) People's Choice Awards over 4,000 people voted and awarded AVU Open Educational Resources (OER) the top prize for Best Emerging Initiative. The Awards were organized by the US based Education-Portal.com

 

The AVU interactive portal OER@AVU http://oer.avu.org is being accessed beyond Africa in 142 countries with a majority from Brazil and the United States. The site, launched in January, 2011, is designed to host free content developed in partnership with 10 African countries and tailored to the African students' needs.

 

"From an education perspective, this award shows that Africa is moving from a development model that pulls resources from the international community to one that pushes out relevant and interesting content that is contributing to the international dialogue on education," commented Dr. Bakary Diallo, AVU's Head.

 

AVU's OER is supported by the African Development Bank and hosts 219 open educational modules divided into several topics - textbooks in math and science, teacher education, basic ICT (information and communication technology) skills and four in ICT classroom integration – all of which are freely available in English, French and Portuguese.

 

AVU has come a long way from its early beginnings as a Washington-based initiative. Created in 1997 to increase African students' access to quality education through the use of ICT, AVU moved its base to Kenya and became a Pan Africa intergovernmental organization in 2003. Since then, the organization has overcome many challenges and set a searing pace for itself.

 

AVU has graduated more than 40,000 students across Africa and established the largest distance and eLearning network in over 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The institution's greatest asset is its ability to work in all political landscapes and across borders and languages in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa. AVU's program in war-torn Somalia provides proof that its model is working. Over the past several years, AVU has graduated 4,000 students with women comprising a staggering 30% of graduates.

 

The Open Education Movement is a grassroots initiative based on the belief that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use and that it should be interactive using text, images, audio, video, interactive simulations and games. The movement started 10 years ago with the MIT OCW project and now has a global reach. It is supported by institutions such as the OCW Consortium, UNESCO, the Creative Commons and donors.

 

Other People's Choice Awards winners included MIT Physics in the category of Best OER (Non-Video), the College Open Textbook in the category of Most Open, and the Middle Eastern Technical University for Best Video Lectures.

 

Complete list of winners and finalists

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 23rd August 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Number Theory module authored by Mr. Paul Chege

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/7

 

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OER@AVU Nominated for the OCW People's Choice Award as "Best Emerging Initiative"

18th July 2011

The African Virtual University's (AVU) Open Educational Resources (OER) portal http://oer.avu.org/ has been nominated for the Education-Portal.com's OCW People's Choice Award http://eduport.al/qR3Kbt

 

Nominations were made by Education-Portal.com's readers and other members of the OCW community. The AVU has been nominated in the "Best Emerging Initiative" category. Education-Portal.com is a US based company; the nominees are among the best OCW/OER organizations in the world.

 

The OER@AVU Portal was launched in January 2011 and hosts more than 200 textbooks of Mathematics, Sciences and Teacher Education as well as 91 videos. As at June 2011, the AVU OER resources were viewed or downloaded 200,000 times in 142 countries worldwide, including 41 African countries.

 

The AVU is humbled by this nomination and would like to thank its partners and supporters, especially the African Development Bankhttp://www.afdb.org/en/which is the main sponsor of the AVU OER@AVU portal.

 

Supporting AVU's nomination by Voting

You can support the AVU nomination by voting and by asking your friends and network to vote for the AVU. Voting is open to all until August 15 2011.

 

To vote, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VC9CG5K , under "Best Emerging Initiative" select the "African Virtual University OER", and then click on the "Done" button at the bottom of the page.

 

About The OER@AVU Portal

The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org launched an interactive Open Educational Resources (OER) portal OER@AVU in January 2011. The portal is available at http://oer.avu.org/ and contains quality resources developed collaboratively with 12 universities in 10 African countries. The resources are released as Open Educational Resources under the Creative Commons open licence. Through the portal, the AVU is enabling academics all around the African continent and beyond to share, distribute and disseminate their resources globally and contribute towards Africa's economic development through education.

 

The resources are free to use and institutions and individuals can access the materials, use, modify and put them back to enrich the portal. They can also contribute their own resources. This initiative has been funded by the African Development Bank.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 10th August 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Chemistry 1: Introductory Chemistry 1 module authored by Dahir Mohamed Yusuf

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/42

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 29th July 2011

The following module has been highlighted: Evolution Biology module authored by Professor Jassiel N. Zulu

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/35

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Join Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL) Register

07th July 2011

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

on behalf of the Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL), UNESCO and the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) would like to invite your organization join the OPAL Register.

 

The OPAL Initiative aims to improve the quality of higher education and adult education by highlighting innovative practices in the use of open educational resources (OER), or open educational practices (OEP) to transform education and training.

 

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OCW Consortium Partners with Leading Community College Consortium, CCCOER, to Expand Access to Open Education

20th June 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW Consortium) has partnered with the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) to maximize and expand the impact of opencourseware to community college students, faculty and learners worldwide. CCCOER represents an important voice in higher education, having over 200 affiliated community colleges that are interested in the benefits of open sharing. Nearly 50 percent of all higher education students in the United States are enrolled in community colleges. The shared resources of CCCOER, combined with the OCW Consortium's more than 250 universities and associated organizations worldwide, and its collective free online educational materials, provide access to high-quality educational and job-training materials that many users tap into on a local level.

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 20th June 2011

The following module has been highlighted: ICT Integration in Education module authored by Salomon Tchameni Ngamo and Chris Olley

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/65

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 10th June 2011

TThe following module has been highlighted: Introduction to ICT module authored by Dr. Gilford T Hapanyengwi Director of ICT Department, University of Zimbabwe

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/82

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

AVU at the UNESCO OER Chairs Network Meeting

9th June 2011

The African Virtual University (AVU) www.avu.org will be attending the UNESCO OER Chairs Network Meeting http://oer.unescochair-ou.nl in New York on 18-19 June.

 

The AVU will be represented by its Rector, Dr. Bakary Diallo, who will also make a presentation on "The AVU and OER" on Saturday 18th June, 2011.

 

UNESCO Chair takes a leadership role in networking, teaching and research related to OER, maintaining the OER Community and linking with other OER initiatives to create an international OER Network

 

This Chair focuses on three specific areas: networking, capacity building and research.

 

In the long term, the principal objective of this Chair is to contribute to international development by promoting the development and use of OER through the adaptation/localization of materials for use in both formal and informal learning contexts. This objective supports the UNESCO Millennial Development Goals.

 

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eLA Debate: Does the OER movement really hold the key to improving learning?

8th June 2011

The eLearning Africa Debate 2011 – it certainly was not the typical end to a conference! The debate reflected the nature of the eLearning Africa community: a passionate, informed discussion from a community that is diverse in perspective but united in its commitment to use technology to improve education. This year, the eLA Debate wrestled with the issue of the Open Educational Resources movement and its role in education in Africa.

 

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Free course materials have reached 100 million

6th June 2011

MIT announced that its free OpenCourseWare has reached 100 million people in the first 10 years of the project. The group says its new goal is to reach one billion people over the next decade. "We aspire by 2021 to make open educational resources like MIT OpenCourseWare the tools to bridge the global gap between human potential and opportunity, so that motivated people everywhere can improve their lives and change the world," they wrote in a press release. The plan includes making OCW available through mobile phones, making it more culturally-appropriate for different groups and "creating an [online] ecosystem" that will allow users to learn more from each other. Although MIT's initiative is the largest of its kind, other top-ranked schools like UC Berkeley and Yale University also offer OCW. Capilano University in Vancouver gives away materials for 10 subjects from art history to computer science

 

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OCW Consortium Appoints Anka Mulder President

26 May 2011

The OpenCourseWare Consortium(OCW Consortium) Board of Directors has elected Anka Mulder as its new President. The announcement was made at the Consortium's global conference, which included representatives from the more than 250 universities and associated organizations worldwide committed to advancing opencourseware (OCW). Mulder currently serves as the director of education at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. She succeeds Stephen Carson of MIT, who held the position for three years. The Consortium also announced the results of elections for its Board of Directors. With representatives from more than ten countries participating on the board, the Consortium is confident that a global voice is well represented.

 

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A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 12 May 2011

Contemporary Issues in Education module authored by Mr. Ssemanda Enosi from Foundations of Education Department (FED), Kyambogo University in Uganda

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/152

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 04th May 2011

The following module has been highlighted in the OER@AVU Portal: Copyright for Librarians, developed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in conjunction with Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL).

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/263

 

Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The goal of the project is to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning:

 

- copyright law in general;

- the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries;

- how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

 

This is a milestone for OER@AVU as this is the first externally developed module hosted on the portal. This is in line with the AVU OER strategy to 'Facilitate increased participation in the creation, organization, dissemination and utilization of OERs'.

 

 

 

OER@AVU Site Unavailable Between April 21st and April 24th

Nairobi - 25th April 2011

Due to a service outage with our host Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud Service, you may have experienced high latencies/site unavailability on the OER@AVU portal http://oer.avu.org between approximately 0140hrs PDT on 21st April and 0740hrs on the 24th of April.

 

The AVU has been closely monitoring the site and we are happy to report that the service has now been fully restored.

 

We remain committed to availing quality Open Educational Resources on our platform and regret any inconvenience experienced.

 

Regards,

The African Virtual University

 

 

 

A new highlighted module has been posted on OER@AVU

Nairobi - 21st April '11

The following module has been highlighted: Geometry module authored by Marcos Cherinda, Universidade Pedagogica Mozambique

 

View highlighted module: http://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/54

 

This module is one of the 219 AVU commissioned resources posted on OER@AVU. The AVU commissioned resources were developed in partnership with the African Development Bank and 10 African countries

 

Keep visiting OER@AVU to view new highlighted modules that shall be posted regularly.

 

 

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