The Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) project investigates the current ecosystem of open textbook publishing and provides implementation support in open textbook publishing activity at the University of Cape Town. It also aims to support policy-makers and other stakeholders in the development of institutional and national policy frameworks that govern open textbook publishing activity and address long-term sustainability mechanisms. Located in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT, this 30-month project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) contributes a developing-country perspective on the global debate around open textbook publishing.
The primary, overarching objective of the DOT4D initiative is:
To contribute to improving inclusion in South African higher education by addressing equitable access to appropriate and relevant learning resources.
The specific objectives are to:
1. Articulate and identify the options for open textbook approaches which contribute to a social justice agenda.
2. Support open textbook publishing activity at UCT that prioritises strategies for integrating student perspective, curriculum transformation, and sustainability.
3. Inform current textbook publishing policy-development initiatives at institutional and national levels.
Within the context of these objectives, the primary overarching research question of the DOT4D project is:
How and in what ways can models of open textbook development improve access and inclusion in higher education?
DOT4D is funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre and hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. All content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International licence, unless indicated otherwise.