Here at Open.Michigan, we get to work on some pretty cool projects around open education. One of those fascinating projects is our collaboration with health science institutions in Africa for the African Health OER Network. Our project goal is to advance health care education in Africa by using open educational resources (OER) to share knowledge, address curriculum gaps, and build communities of practice around healthcare education. Through this project, the collaborators work to draft institutional OER policies, develop and implement OER production processes, and co-create health educational materials. We have been working primarily with institutions in Ghana and South Africa but we continue to draw in more African participants.
The challenges in this space are huge; and our group alone can’t do it. As such, we want to bring together people who can help us think about infrastructures that we can use to inspire real change and foster the exchange of valuable ideas and resources. Back in March we held our first design jam. That event was quite fun and the ideas shared were very helpful, so much so that we’ve decided to organize another one for this semester. It’s really quite amazing what practical, innovative ideas a medium-sized group of smart students/alums/staff can come up with in couple hours of focused, collaborative brainstorming!
In November, we will be hosting two sessions to brainstorm answers to the question: How can we engage students around the world as content producers and advocates for health open educational resources? You are welcome to join us for one or both of the sessions.