• Mar 22 2012

    WITS School of Physics Seminar: Mark Horner (Director of Siyavula Education)

    The WITS School of Physics would like to invite to its coming talk in the seminar series, entitled:

    "Impending Impact of Open Educational Resources in South Africa"

    to be presented by Mark Horner (Director of Siyavula Education)

    Abstract: The international Open Educational Resources movement is gaining momentum extremely rapidly. In the USA and Europe the focus is largely on tertiary resources while in South Africa the most significant success has been seen in the school sector. New models of instruction and accreditation are rising in parallel, leveraging this success. The impact of these developments in SA will become even more significant with bandwidth prices dropping as more undersea cables arrive on our shores.

    I will give an overview of the recent success Siyavula has achieved in the school textbook market where collaboratively-authored, openly-licensed textbooks have gained national exposure and fundamentally perturbed the local textbook publishing industry.

    I will also describe the impending impact on the tertiary sector, both in publishing and teaching as organisations like Flat World Knowledge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the People prove the viability of alternative models of content production, teaching and accreditation.

    I highlight the opportunities we see for the tertiary sector to innovate as well as connect more effectively with secondary schools.

    Date: Thursday, 22nd March 2012
    Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre P216
    Time: 13.20 - 14.10

    For more information please contact:

    Alan S. Cornell

    School of Physics
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa


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