Kensleyrao Apajee is a Senior Tutor in the first-year Engineering Drawing course who is developing an open textbook to make his subject more accessible and bridge the knowledge gaps that exist between school and university.
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.
In order to address the issue of institutional support for open textbook publishing, surface current models of open textbook production and contribute towards the development of a community of practice, the DOT4D project hosted the UCT Open Textbook Conversation event on 2 August 2019.
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.