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Leveraging Openness: Exploring OER Integration for Enhanced Blended Learning Design at the University of Namibia

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Participants will likely come from a range of backgrounds - administrators, library staff, instructional designers and faculty across disciplines. Facilitated small and large group discussions will allow these stakeholders to share perspectives on the potential for OER to transform teaching and learning at the University of Namibia. Rich debates may unfold around striking the right balance between cost savings and pedagogical effectiveness when integrating OER. Hands-on activities would require participants to collaboratively search OER repositories, evaluate the licensing and quality of materials, and explore ways they could be adapted and remixed. Peer-to-peer coaching may organically develop, with quick learners assisting those less familiar with OER. Laughter and frustration may both arise during this process of mutual discovery. Brainstorming sessions could lead to animated exchanges as people pitch ideas back and forth for innovating curricula with OER. The session leaders would aim to create a judgment-free environment so creativity can flourish. Groups would be tasked with developing concrete proposals for OER integration in blended contexts across institutional, national and African higher education landscapes. Throughout the sessions, a spirit of openness and collective purpose should emerge. The shared mission will be to chart an actionable path forward that leverages OER and empowers teaching faculty. Participants would feel they are contributing to something bigger than themselves or their institutional roles. The collaboration itself will help lay foundations for continued OER momentum at the University and beyond.
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2024-04-04
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