There is no doubting the fact that quality assurance should form a key component of OERs and eLearning, both in terms of the resources and even the quality of the learning design. But the consensus does not appear to extend beyond this point. More critical to the desirability of quality is the very question of what quality really means. Who determines what is of appropriate quality? Is quality a generic term, or is it context dependent? Are there aspects of the quality strata that have some universality? Underlining this question is the resentment, and tension, that quality is often prescribed for Africa by others whose context, access, needs, possibilities and other factors differ widely from our own.
So, I hope this seminar, coming at the most opportune time for me, will address these questions and provide a pathway that educational institutions in Africa can key into. If the pathway is appealing and not imposing, it could even form the benchmark we have all groped for in order to achieve quality assurance.