Nolwazi, South Africa’s Open Educational Resource (OER) digital content library that includes teaching and learning resources developed by practicing teachers, is open for free preview until midnight on Friday (3 July 2015).
Fiona Wallace, CEO of lead project initiator CoZa Cares Foundation, says: “We’re looking for constructive feedback from teachers, learners, subject advisors and other stakeholders in the education sector regarding how we can make the OER library even more inclusive and better-suited to the realities of classrooms around South Africa.”
OERs are freely-accessible, openly-licensed materials that may be digital or paper-based. The Nolwazi digital library provides access to open educational content such as core curriculum in digital PDF format, past exam papers, science simulations, video lessons, educational android apps for smart phones and tablets, teacher support videos, supplementary videos and PDFs for teachers and students, educational-related freeware, and more.
These resources are available at no charge at www.nolwazi.co.za until midnight on Friday 3 July. “We would appreciate any feedback before release of the complete new product later this year,” concludes Wallace.
OERS can be used in subject research and lesson planning; in the classroom as a supplementary resource As the basis for designing innovative activities beyond the classroom; and for new kinds of assessment tasks that match the introduction of information communication technologies (ICT) in the educational environment.