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.

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