The recently completed Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, hosted in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at UCT, profiles open education research from 21 countries in the Global South.
Students at the University of Cape Town, and at all other South African higher education institutions, navigate an array of challenges in their daily struggle to obtain an education. Not least amongst these is rising costs – not just of tuition, but of all the ancillary aspects entailed in being at a university. In recognition of these challenges, the theme of this year’s Open Education Week seminar at UCT was “Open education and social justice: Towards equitable access through participation”.
Through engaging student communities and using the #mytextbookscost hashtag in a social media conversation, DOT4D hopes to give voice to those at UCT and beyond who are frustrated with the rising cost of university textbooks in South Africa.
As one of its first research activities, the DOT4D project is conducting a landscape survey of open textbook publishing at the University of Cape Town in order to produce a comprehensive list of open textbook publishing initiatives at UCT.