24 May 2022: OER and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa

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Leading the Session:.Prof. J.A.K. Olivier, Professor at North-West University, South Africa

Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 May 2022: 14:00 – 15:00 SAST

Session format: Webinar

Description of the Session:  

In this session we will look at ways that open educational resources (OER) can contribute to the decolonisation of education within the African context. The session will specifically look at how localisation of OER through content adaptation and translation can play a role in this context. Furthermore, the potential for student agency will be explored in terms of student-driven open translanguaging practices towards OER as renewable assessments.

Presenter’s Bio:

Jako Olivier is a professor in Multimodal Learning at the North-West University (NWU) and he holds the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources. He obtained his PhD in 2011 in which he researched the accommodation and promotion of multilingualism in schools through blended learning. Before he joined the NWU as lecturer in 2010, he was involved in teaching information technology and languages in schools in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. From 2010 to 2015 he was a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts of the NWU after being appointed as associate professor in the Faculty of Education in 2015. During 2012 he was a guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In 2018 he was promoted to full professor at the NWU. In 2018 he received the Emerging Researcher Medal from the Education Association of South Africa and he is an NRF-rated researcher. His research, located within the NWU’s Research Unit for Self-directed Learning, is focused on self-directed learning, multimodal learning, open educational resources, multiliteracies, individualized and contextualized blended learning, e-learning in language classrooms and online multilingualism. As an activist for openness in education he is an active member of the Creative Commons Chapter of South Africa and leads the Network of OER and Multimodal Self-Directed Learning in Southern Africa (NOMSA)

Website link: https://education.nwu.ac.za/UNESCO-chair 


Olivier, J. 2020. Self-directed open educational practices for a decolonized South African curriculum: a process of localization for learning. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 16(4):20-28. https://doi.org/10.20368/1971-8829/1135330

Olivier, J. 2021. The affordances of open educational resources and student-centred open pedagogy for the decolonisation of teacher education in South Africa. In Maringe, F. ed. Higher Education in the melting pot: Emerging discourses of the 4IR and Decolonisation. Cape Town: AOSIS. pp. 145-162.


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Twitter Handle:  @jakoli4   

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