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South Africa needs an open-access education journal

Posted on August 6, 2014 · Posted in Siyavula, South Africa

I’m generally a big fan of the Open Access movement. I really feel like we’re all just different manifestations of a global movement toward greater openness, transparency and community that is sweeping the world. The transformation is far from complete but there is a lot happening, some of my favourite..
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Prototype of Grade 10 rework revisited

Posted on July 3, 2014 · Posted in Siyavula, South Africa, Uncategorized

In my last blog post, from way too long ago, I described a plan for a prototype of the process for reworking our Grade 10 textbooks taking community feedback into account. I wanted to revisit that process as well as tell you about implementing a comprehensive rework of our Everything..
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Prototyping our Grade 10 Rework

Posted on October 8, 2013 · Posted in Siyavula

One of the reasons I believe openly-licensed resources are a better proposition for education is that they are a much more natural fit with the idea of continuous development and improvement. In the spirit of continuous development, our plan is to, before the end of the year, rework one chapter..
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Community-driven IEB Physics and Chemistry books

Posted on August 21, 2013 · Posted in Siyavula

We are currently engaged in a collaboration with a group of Physical Sciences educators and the OERPub team to develop two books, Physics and Chemistry. The intention is that the books are focused on the Subject Assessment Guidelines (SAGs) for the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Physical Sciences. That means that..
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Producing a slate of openly-licensed titles

Posted on August 12, 2013 · Posted in Siyavula, South Africa

In my previous post I alluded to 45 titles that we’d like to produce. That’s too strong because we wouldn’t be able to take credit for having worked on all of them so it’s actually the 45 openly-licensed titles we plan on ensuring get developed in the next 2.5 years...
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My OER Journey, 11 Years & Counting

Posted on August 2, 2013 · Posted in FHSST, Personal, South Africa

Today marks 11 years, to the day, since we started the hair-brained scheme to collaboratively author, openly-licensed textbooks for South Africa under the banner of the Free High School Science Texts. This ultimately led to Siyavula Education‘s existence with a lot of help from the Shuttleworth Foundation and PSG Financial..
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Siyavula’s MVP out

Posted on January 27, 2013 · Posted in Siyavula

It has been a very busy start to the year for everyone at Siyavula and on Friday last week (25th January) we met our criteria for our minimum viable product (MVP) which was really exciting. We’re very keen to focus a lot more of our energy this year into Everything..
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Siyavula, a social enterprise

Posted on August 8, 2012 · Posted in Siyavula, South Africa

The big news from our perspective is that my Shuttleworth Foundation (SF) Fellowship ended at the end of February 2012. A particularly exciting feature of SF Fellowships is that Fellows have the opportunity to take projects, and the associated intellectual property, with them when they leave. I had the opportunity..
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FHSST goals satisfied.

Posted on July 21, 2012 · Posted in FHSST, Siyavula

I thought the time had come to finally dust off my blog and get things ticking over again. The best way to start probably being to reflect briefly on the events that led me to be in my current “career”. Almost 10 years ago, 10th anniversary being 2nd August 2012,..
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What happened to the last 5 months!

Posted on December 5, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

Wow, it has been way too long. I hope those of you worried about whether or not any progress has been made have been following me (marknewlyn) and/or Siyavula on Twitter. Highlight We’ve been very busy and achieved what many, even I, thought impossible! Openly-licensed, Siyavula textbooks are being printed..
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