U-M and African Collaborators Launch Health OER Network

The African Health OER Network provides a platform for African health academics to freely access and share educational materials as well as to debate key issues around the future of health education for healthcare workers in Africa. The African Health OER Network will enable participants to create, adapt, and share health education resources to augment limited human and other resources in the health sector and advance overall health provision in Africa and beyond.

African Health OER Network logoThe recently launched network is the outcome of a one-year pilot to develop a sustainable and scalable OER program to support health education, particularly in developing countries. The network is the result of a collaboration among the University of Michigan (U-M), OER Africa, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the University of Ghana (UG), the University of Cape Town (UCT), and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2010-2011, the six partners are now trying to draw in more African and, eventually, global participants to create, adapt, share, and use OER to benefit health education in Africa. The network will facilitate the process of sharing resources by connecting those who have a need for Health OER content with those in possession of it — without the need to pay licensing fees or royalties.

We are looking for ways to expand our OER collection and invite you to join the African Health OER Network. Participation is open and there are no conditions for joining. We also encourage you to link to the African Health OER Network from your website. Please contact HealthOER@oerafrica.org if you would like further information.

CopyNight Comes to Ann Arbor

Please join us for CopyNight Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 27 from 7:00-9:00pm. CopyNight is a monthly social gathering of people interested in restoring balance in copyright law. These gatherings take place in many cities and bring together artists, engineers, filmmakers, academics, lawyers, and many others to discuss new developments and build social ties.

CopyNight logoFor more background on CopyNight, you might find this podcast by Thomas Gideon, of the Command Line blog, informative. In the podcast, Gideon explains why he feels CopyNight is important for everyone, not just experts who are immersed in the day-to-day of copyright/information policy.

Attendees at the Ann Arbor event will have the opportunity to discuss how copyright is applied to/affected by open access publishing, open educational resources, data sharing, or library digitization projects (e.g., Google Books), you will be in good company. Confirmed participants include members of the U-M Library Copyright Office and Scholarly Publishing Office, staff from the Open.Michigan Initiative, and students of Information Policy at the School of Information.

CopyNight Ann Arbor Event Details:
Tuesday, April 27, 7 – 9pm
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St, Ann Arbor MI
Presented by: CopyNight, U-M Library Copyright Office, Scholarly Publishing Office, Open.Michigan

Does OER Have an Impact on Paid Enrollment? Join Us for a Discussion

Please join us for the April meeting of the Open.Michigan Reading Group. Bobby Glushko, JD, MSI Candidate 2010 will lead a discussion on “The Impact of OpenCourseWare On Paid Enrollment In Distance Learning Courses,” a doctoral dissertation by Justin K. Johansen, Brigham Young University.

Some institutions have been reluctant to follow MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) model of open publishing because of concerns about long-term funding and possible adverse effects on paid enrollment. Some organizations that initially created OCW programs found themselves forced to furlough them due to funding challenges. In this dissertation, Johansen examines the cost of converting courses to OCW, the impact of opening these courses on paid enrollments, and the long-term sustainability of OCW through the generation of new paid enrollments. As part of this study, Brigham Young University’s Independent Study Program (BYU IS) converted three university and three high school courses to OCW.

Glushko, who is also a Legal and Policy Consultant for the Open.Michigan Initiative, will open the session with a brief presentation based on Johansen’s dissertation and then will facilitate the discussion.

This session of the Open.Michigan Reading Group takes place:

1:00-2:00pm, Tuesday, April 13
Turkish-American Friendship room, 4004 Shapiro