As part of our impact evaluation activities, over the past year we partnered with OER Africa to develop a set of case studies about the African Health OER Network. The aim of the case studies is to provide a glimpse into how and why these health OER partner institutions create OER.
In mid-2010, I conducted interviews at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (Ghana) and University of Ghana. Soon thereafter, Catherine Ngugi, Project Director for OER Africa, interviewed participants at University of Cape Town (South Africa) and University of the Western Cape (South Africa). We conducted 10-20 interviews per institution, speaking with OER management, faculty, and staff, as well as hosting focus groups with students. Each case study explores strategic priorities, achievements, challenges, lessons learned, and future plans for OER at the institutions, as well as participants’ advice for others interested in creating their own institutional OER initiatives. The four institutions each joined the health OER project that eventually became the African Health OER Network in 2008, but the case studies highlight each institution’s unique circumstances and their distinct motivations, processes, and policies.