All posts tagged 'OERs'

Siyavula’s Progress to Sustainability

Posted on June 27th, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

It has been quite a year so far for Siyavula. My rate of blogging is inversely correlated with real work (queue DDoS attack by blogging world) so the lack of activity should have told you that something was afoot. The focus this Fellowship year is to make Siyavula sustainable by..
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Why should the best schools share?

Posted on June 5th, 2011 · Posted in SF Fellow

We recently did a little travelling around South Africa (Durban/Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg) running events where we raise awareness of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, the shared resources that are available, the tools that can be used and the communities that develop and support them. We are often asked why..
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Reflections on 2010

Posted on December 8th, 2010 · Posted in SF Fellow

My blog has been very quiet for the last couple of months. It is not that I've not had anything to blog about but rather the contrary, I've just been too busy. I have spent some time creating two summaries of what I've been up to in 2010 so you can get a sense of the bigger picture. It also shows you what has happened in the last 2 months that I just haven't had time to blog about.

FHSST Editing Sprint Review

Posted on October 13th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

It came to pass recently that we (and by we I mean just short of 100 volunteers from all over the world!) edited the FHSST textbooks in the space of 9 days. In writing this blog post reviewing what happened and what comes next, I have realised that it was an incredibly stupid thing to even attempt (impossible actually) and I'm still amazed that we were able to successfully complete the task, all due to the generosity of volunteers.

Calling scientists and mathematicians!

Posted on August 24th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

Our schools are struggling due to the nation wide strike. Learning needs to continue at the schools, many of whom are running on skeleton crews. A group of volunteers have authored a set of open source textbooks and resources that can to support learners and educators in this time. The..
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Crowdsourcing vs. Traditional Design: The Results

Posted on July 14th, 2010 · Posted in FHSST

A long time ago we set out to get two sets of textbook covers designed, one for Physical Science Gr 10-12 and one for Mathematics Gr 10-12. We used the opportunity to test crowdsourcing against traditional design. Here are the results of the two processes for you to compare.

North West Province – A pilot to test the workbooks

Posted on June 13th, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

On Wednesday and Thursday last week (9th and 10th June) we met with representatives of the North West Province to discuss what the next steps would be in our collaboration this year.

Helping Educators Share – 200+ Science Presentations

Posted on June 9th, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

We have just finished helping the HOD Science at Bishops Diocesan College, Keith Warne, put all of his 200+ powerpoint presentations for the teaching of Grade 8-12 Science online. They are all freely available to view, use, download and modify!

OpenPress Info Site

Posted on June 8th, 2010 · Posted in OpenPress

We're back in the groove with OpenPress right now, working on the information website and printing some sample books. Read about the site and aggregation process in this post.

Connexions Authoring Performance

Posted on April 29th, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

I forecast a much more responsive authoring experience on Connexions in the near future, the results of a detailed performance analysis are in and some massive potential improvements have been identified. Now to turn my attention to getting them implemented!