Dr Jonathan Shock, a Senior Lecturer in mathematics at UCT, is developing a mathematics open textbook for first-year students tailored to the local context in collaboration with students and colleagues.
Stella Papanicolaou, Valerie Lehabe and Maashitoh Rawoot are developing an architecture open textbook that makes historical narratives and technological developments of modern buildings in the global south more visible and accessible.
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.
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.
The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) hosted alumnus DOT4D Principal Investigator Dr Glenda Cox in an open webinar on the DOT4D conceptual approach and proposed social justice intersectional model on Wednesday 5 December.