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.

We’ve invested a lot of time and energy into improving our pipelines (think software that automates producing print, web, ePub etc.) and processes. Things have improved significantly and we’re faster and more efficient than before which is continuously raising the bar on quality, review, translation, layout and available formats. It makes sense to put this all to good use and ramp up further openly-licensed title production. We will be able to ensure that each title is available for print, web, mobile, Mxit, and ePub readers.

The list of titles we are currently involved in developing is:

The SASOL Inzalo Foundation is also working in partnership with the Ukuqonda Institute to create:

  • Mathematics Grades 7-9, and
  • Technology Grades 7-9.

We’d like to wrap up the titles we’re currently working on and then begin a phased approach to reworking our FET Mathematics and Physical Sciences books as well as ensuring that every title in the table below is available by the end of December 2016. Numbers in cells indicate a potential phase while the colour of the cell indicates which organisation is developing the content. Blue cells indicate titles we plan on developing/reworking and purple cells indicate titles that another organisation is working on but that will be available under an open licence.

Grade Sciences Mathematics Other
IP Natural Sciences and Technology Mathematics
4 Done 1
5 Done 1
6 Done 1
7 In progress In progress In progress
8 In progress In progress In progress
9 In progress In progress In progress
FET Physical Life Geography Technology Mathematics Technical Literacy IT Accounting
10 Done / 1 Done 2 2 Done / 1 2 Done 2 2
11 Done / 2 1 3 3 Done / 2 3 1 3 3
12 Done / 3 2 4 4 Done / 3 4 2 4 4

The production phases indicated in the table are:

  1. Phase 1: Jan 2014 – Sep 2014
  2. Phase 2: Oct 2014 – Jun 2015
  3. Phase 3: Jul 2015 – Mar 2016
  4. Phase 4: Apr 2016 – Dec 2016

We will begin in September 2013, by prototyping a process for getting more community engagement and feedback in the rework of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Grade 10. The strength of open educational resources lies in the opportunity for community engagement and continuous development. We’ll also be looking for partners and/or sponsors who share this vision and are keen to unlock the content for these subjects and improve all aspects of the accessibility of the content.

Oh, and before anyone forms a lynch mob, I know that IT could/should be under Sciences but the way things are structured at school makes it a relatively stand-alone subject and so I’ve included it as such and we would be interested in languages if partners emerge that are keen on the languages. The subjects listed are the subjects we intend to pursue regardless of sponsors and partners, it will just be faster if we can collaborate.

About the Author

Mark Horner is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise working in the school sector in South Africa. While working as the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative Resources, Mark was able to transform the Free High School Science Texts (FHSST) project, which he co-founded, into Siyavula Education. In this process, openly-licensed, collaboratively authored textbooks have been printed and distributed nationally in South Africa. Working at the intersection of community, openness and technology; Mark intends to leverage this success to make Siyavula an innovative, technology provider in education that works effectively as part of the education community to ensure better learning opportunities for all. A recent notable event being the delivery of Siyavula's textbooks over Mxit, the most popular mobile chat solution in South Africa. Mark has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town and conducted his research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on the results from the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. His work is carried out in the belief that the liberation of information and support of education in South Africa will lead to a peaceful and prosperous future for all South Africans.