17 October 2019: Prepared for Open? Differentiation among lecturers and students in Kenya


Session format: Once-off webinar

Date and Time: Thursday 17 October 2019 12:30 pm (SAST)

Presenter: Dr. Judith Pete, Tangaza University College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya  

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In order to obtain a fair ‘OER picture’ for the Global South, a large-scale study has been carried out for a series of countries, including Kenya. In this webinar, I report on the Kenyan study, run at four universities that have been selected with randomly sampled students and lecturers. Empirical data have been generated by the use of a student and a lecturer questionnaire to which in total 798 students and 43 lecturers have responded.

Selected from the very rich source two major outcomes are: (i) there is a significant digital differentiation among lecturers and students at urban versus rural universities in terms of their proficiency and internet accessibility; and (ii) the awareness and appreciation of the OER concept and open licensing is low but from the actual processing by respondents of educational resources (not necessarily open) a ‘preparedness for openness’ can be derived that promises well for the future.


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Dr. Judith Pete is a Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Tangaza University College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. She recently graduated with her PhD from the Open University Nederlands at the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology; with her thesis on OER Differentiation, a cross-country study in three countries in Africa. She is part of the GO-GN network and was one of the researchers involved in the ROER4D project. She has also been a consultant with Hewlett Foundation through GO-GN on Diversity Equity and Inclusion project

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